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My First Woodworking Bench!

by skogie1
posted 07-26-2016 05:15 AM

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#1 posted 07-26-2016 05:44 AM

Wohoo. A really fine bench and the best part, it is a lefty bench. What are it’s dimensions?

How did you find it working with beech. Some folks I have talked to hated working with beech and one actually changed to maple before he got too far in his bench build.

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#2 posted 07-26-2016 06:22 AM

Funny you noticed the left hand setup. I’m a mix of right and left handedness. I’m right handed, but anything involving two hands in motion together and I am left handed. For example, I throw right but bat left. And I’m reasonably comfortable doing anything left handed that I would normally do right, like handwriting. When I hand plane, I have my right hand at the heel of the plane but I’m more comfortable if the vises are configured for a lefty. This set up felt the most natural to me. Odd, I know.

As for working with beech. I didn’t find it that difficult. I’ve worked with maple several times and I didn’t notice any added difficulty. One board was real prone to tear out but I was able to manage.

Thanks for looking.

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#3 posted 07-26-2016 11:15 AM

Hello skogie, really fine job, and I can appreciate the amount of time that it took. I’ve made two benches in my career and it is as much a labor of love as it is necessity. Right now and for the past 30 years I have a Steiner bench, made in Germany, before east and west split. She’s been a very fine bench at 8 feet long and solidly built throughout. If I do build another bench, I’d like to build a Shaker bench with the drawers and all. Have fun make some dust, great job.

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