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Bench is 9 1/2 feet long, 28 inches deep including tool well. Top is 4 inch maple, carcass is tiger wood. Drawer fronts and end panels are maple. Tail vise is veritas quick release (which I am very impressed with, thought it took some modifications for my use), leg vise is Bench Crafted.

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Oh my goodness!! Really, really well done.
 

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Nice little bench! It's a little off center though, move it about 6" to the right. ;-)
 

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Oh my gosh, beautiful - if you're going to move it tho, move it to my shop, on second thought - I probably can't afford it, the labor of love price is always too high
 

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Nice bench! I see a lot of benches up against the wall … I was surprised at how much more room I had when I moved mine to middle of the floor. The 360° approach has helped with lighting issues as well. Again, good job!
 

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Muy bonita!
 

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Nice bench! I see a lot of benches up against the wall … I was surprised at how much more room I had when I moved mine to middle of the floor. The 360° approach has helped with lighting issues as well. Again, good job!

- Ron Aylor
Thanks Ron- I have had benches away from the wall and against the wall. I primarily do hand work and find the bench against the wall more efficient for my methods of working. I also have and assembly table that is not against the wall and that is very helpful. I like having my tools in a rack at hand on the back of the bench, which limits 360 use of the bench. That being said, I have many colleagues in the business that would agree with you and have their benches in the middle of the floor. All personal preference and what suits your style of work best. In an ideal world I would have the space to have both.
 

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thats an awesome bench,should last you the rest of your life.nice work.
 

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Nice bench! I see a lot of benches up against the wall … I was surprised at how much more room I had when I moved mine to middle of the floor. The 360° approach has helped with lighting issues as well. Again, good job!

- Ron Aylor

Thanks Ron- I have had benches away from the wall and against the wall. I primarily do hand work and find the bench against the wall more efficient for my methods of working. I also have and assembly table that is not against the wall and that is very helpful. I like having my tools in a rack at hand on the back of the bench, which limits 360 use of the bench. That being said, I have many colleagues in the business that would agree with you and have their benches in the middle of the floor. All personal preference and what suits your style of work best. In an ideal world I would have the space to have both.

- iditarod
Thanks for your reply. I'm 100% hand tool work! My bench has been called a FrankenBench, a Swiss Army Bench, you name it. It looks Nicholson on one side and quasi-Roubo on the other. I too have a tool rack and use it from the quasi-Roubo side when I'm doing dovetail or detail work in an effort to keep the bench clear. I agree with you as far as set-up based on your style of work and what works best. What "style" of work do you find yourself doing the most?
 

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First, Very nice bench iditarod! Wish I had one….

The 360° approach has helped with lighting issues as well.

- Ron Aylor
Don't you just move the candle around? lol
 

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That's one serious set up there, congrats on a fine build.
 

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I'm so jealous. Beautiful.
 

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That's a great looking bench. Enjoy working on it.
 

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WOW! a killer bench,great job.
 

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Nice, is it your own design or did you get the plans somewhere. I'm looking for a plan to build a good looking practical bench and yours definitely fits that description.
 

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Nice, is it your own design or did you get the plans somewhere. I m looking for a plan to build a good looking practical bench and yours definitely fits that description.

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Thanks! It is my own design. Although there is not much original in that design. This is the third bench I have built in the last 20+ years. I have read a great many articles and spoken with many other furniture makers as well visited some museums in the US and Europe. After a few years of thinking about my style and methods of work, this bench eveolved with the features I wanted. It took me about 50 hours working on and off as time permitted over about six weeks.
 

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Nice bench! I see a lot of benches up against the wall … I was surprised at how much more room I had when I moved mine to middle of the floor. The 360° approach has helped with lighting issues as well. Again, good job!

-The Work I do is a mix. This bench was mostly hand work with the exception of some of the dimensioning of the large timber. Most of the work I do is my own designs. When I have period pieces commissioned -very rarely anymore- I will use whatever techniques were most likely used at the time. I enjoy handwork quite a bit and do a fair amount of teaching hand tool skills, these days mostly to friends. Which means I am teaching my friends to sharpen. ;)

Thanks Ron- I have had benches away from the wall and against the wall. I primarily do hand work and find the bench against the wall more efficient for my methods of working. I also have and assembly table that is not against the wall and that is very helpful. I like having my tools in a rack at hand on the back of the bench, which limits 360 use of the bench. That being said, I have many colleagues in the business that would agree with you and have their benches in the middle of the floor. All personal preference and what suits your style of work best. In an ideal world I would have the space to have both.

- iditarod

Thanks for your reply. I m 100% hand tool work! My bench has been called a FrankenBench, a Swiss Army Bench, you name it. It looks Nicholson on one side and quasi-Roubo on the other. I too have a tool rack and use it from the quasi-Roubo side when I m doing dovetail or detail work in an effort to keep the bench clear. I agree with you as far as set-up based on your style of work and what works best. What "style" of work do you find yourself doing the most?

- Ron Aylor
Nice bench! I see a lot of benches up against the wall … I was surprised at how much more room I had when I moved mine to middle of the floor. The 360° approach has helped with lighting issues as well. Again, good job!

- Ron Aylor

Thanks Ron- I have had benches away from the wall and against the wall. I primarily do hand work and find the bench against the wall more efficient for my methods of working. I also have and assembly table that is not against the wall and that is very helpful. I like having my tools in a rack at hand on the back of the bench, which limits 360 use of the bench. That being said, I have many colleagues in the business that would agree with you and have their benches in the middle of the floor. All personal preference and what suits your style of work best. In an ideal world I would have the space to have both.

- iditarod

Thanks for your reply. I m 100% hand tool work! My bench has been called a FrankenBench, a Swiss Army Bench, you name it. It looks Nicholson on one side and quasi-Roubo on the other. I too have a tool rack and use it from the quasi-Roubo side when I m doing dovetail or detail work in an effort to keep the bench clear. I agree with you as far as set-up based on your style of work and what works best. What "style" of work do you find yourself doing the most?

- Ron Aylor
 
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