Cabinetmakers workbench

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Project by David posted 04-18-2013 12:54 AM 20920 views 32 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of the cabinetmakers workbench, made with red oak and walnut.This is Christopher Schwartz 175 dollar workbench with a few changes. This is a great upgrade from the plywood top and 2×4 base workbench I have been using. The top is 28×72 and 3.25 inches thick, the legs are 3 inches square with 1.75 inch rails and stretchers. I added a plane stop that doubles as a moxon vise on the end of bench with 25 inches between the threaded rods. With the sliding deadman,grammercy holdfasts and veritas wonder dog I will have many ways to hold my work.

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#1 posted 04-18-2013 12:58 AM

Great bench!
Well Done. That will serve you well for many years to come.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 03:07 AM

Well done! you’ll love using it.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 03:36 AM

Very nice Dave. I like that big jaw you put on your vise. You must have a fair bit of travel in that unit. I like your saw horses as well. Very cool.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 04-18-2013 11:27 AM

Wow, this looks great. Could you post more pictures?

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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#5 posted 04-18-2013 01:12 PM

Your whole work space is so neat and tidy, it makes me feel like a slob. I may have to fix that.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 04-18-2013 01:28 PM

Great bench David. Great cabinet, saw bench…. Great shop!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#7 posted 04-18-2013 02:33 PM

Hi David, beautiful shop, cabinet and bench. Just lovely work you do!
A question regarding your new bench… How would you hold down say a long plank to do surface work on – i.e. hand planing? Or do you only use the bench for joinery? There is no end vise no?
Forgive me if it is a stupid question.

-- David, Copenhagen, Denmark

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#8 posted 04-18-2013 02:42 PM

David, I can surface long boards clamped on edge between front vise and supported by sliding deadman and I can surface the face of a long board clamped between planing stop and the veritas wonder dog that functions as a end vise.

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#9 posted 04-18-2013 04:41 PM

“This is a great upgrade from the plywood top and 2×4 base workbench I have been using.”

I’d say. Nice sawbenches and wall cabinet too.

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#10 posted 04-18-2013 04:45 PM

Great looking bench.

Nice job.


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#11 posted 04-18-2013 05:02 PM

Great job

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#12 posted 04-18-2013 05:31 PM

Awesome job! I love your saw horses too!

-- Paul Lyons

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#13 posted 04-18-2013 05:39 PM

Looking good


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#14 posted 04-18-2013 07:08 PM

Thank you for your reply David, now I see how it works. Pretty clever invention those veritas dogs.

And by the way, those toolboxes that you have made for your sons, are stunning!

-- David, Copenhagen, Denmark

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#15 posted 04-18-2013 08:06 PM

Nice bench. Pretty close to what I have in mind. Anything you would have done different?


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