Maple- Walnut Workbench

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Project by Rj posted 06-19-2008 05:04 AM 20310 views 99 times favorited 96 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make two benchs that way I could use one for clamping the other for layout and fabrication
(Still need to add dog holes and another vise on the side )
Also the other reason for two benches is so that I can line them up in different angles =Long, square,L shape or T shaped.
Under the bench tops I allowed 6.5” space between the cabinet and the top for hand planes etc.
I did’nt want to add sides to the bench, that way I could slide bar type clamps under the bench top.
The bench top is approx 2.25” thick by 56” long the one with the end vise is 30” wide the other is 24” wide
Types of wood
Maple tops and frame ,Walnut with Birdseye Maple drawer fronts

This for All who ask What was I thinking!!! well to answer that question.
I wanted a Gift for myself Plus its my insperation point everytime I go out to my shop .
My desk you might say .
Everything in life comes and goes and hopefully for a good price.
I either sell most of my stuff or it goes as a gift .

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#1 posted 06-19-2008 05:05 AM

Wow. Too pretty to use…..

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#2 posted 06-19-2008 05:22 AM

welcome to lumberjocks

over-the-top bench … way cool

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#3 posted 06-19-2008 05:35 AM

SNAP! Those are gorgeous!

Great understanding of using the space under the top.

I can’t wait to see more of your projects.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 06-19-2008 05:49 AM

Wow! That is furniture! I would be afraid of scratching it!


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#5 posted 06-19-2008 05:54 AM

Those are the nicest looking workbenches I have ever seen. I’m with WayneC; they’re too pretty to use! I’d feel like crying if I got a nick in one or spilled glue. The workmanship looks absolutely outstanding, along with beautiful wood.

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#6 posted 06-19-2008 06:39 AM

I agree they are to nice to build and glue on. Look more like furniture for the house. Very nice.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 06-19-2008 06:43 AM

Absolutely beautiful. I love the mix of dark and light woods, and the figured maple on the drawer fronts is fantastic. Again, like everyone says, they’re almost too nice to use. You almost have to intentionally put that first scratch in the top of one, just so you know that you can use them for more than just a showpiece!

-- Jason, Kansas City

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#8 posted 06-19-2008 07:21 AM

Ooooooo :) Awesome.

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#9 posted 06-19-2008 07:22 AM

I hate to tell you but those are not work benches. that’s fine furniture.

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#10 posted 06-19-2008 08:43 AM

Almost too pretty to work on. Almost!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 06-19-2008 11:42 AM

Those look better than anything in my house. Beat them well:-)

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#12 posted 06-19-2008 12:02 PM

These are absolutely beautiful benches. One of the time honored traditions with carpenters/woodworkers in past generations was advertising their skill with the tool totes that they constructed. The more elaborate and detailed totes reflected the craftmanship that went into the construction and the skill of the owner. I see this same principal in your benches. You could have easily thrown together a workbench made with construction grade material and plywood. It would have been serviceable but nowhere near as detailed and elaborate as these are. They indeed are a reflection of your craftmanship.

Well done. I really appreciated seeing this post.

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#13 posted 06-19-2008 01:47 PM

“Wow” would be an understatement here…”Holy Cow!” would fit better! Beautiful project here RJ. Now you need some cabinets to match and you’ll have a shop to beat all shops!

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#14 posted 06-19-2008 02:07 PM

Looks better than some of my house furniture.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#15 posted 06-19-2008 02:24 PM

Again, I’d put those in the center of any room in my house and admire them. Real works of art.

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