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Forum topic by Blake870 posted 08-17-2021 11:20 AM 950 views 0 times favorited 38 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2021 11:20 AM

Hey just joined up today and about 2 years into woodworking. I just wanted to share my workbench project that’s just about done. Its a kinda rouboish style with mortise and tenon throughout and some dovetailed ends all hand cut. Very challenging for a newbie and took a few months in my free time to get here. The base is made of quatersawn white oak and red oak for the shelving from a buddy. The top is very nice quater sawn white oak with walnut ends from a local sawmill laminated together. The top ended up at 4” thick with the most figured boards towards the outside. It was milled in 8” sections with jointer and planer then glued together and feathered in with a hand plane. The m&t for base and all 6 stretchers were draw bore pegged out of the same white oak that my neighbor turned for me. I also ran spax lag bolts thru top stretchers into the bench top with over sized holes to hopefully allow for some wood movement. I didnt have any plans for this just kinda winged it and looked at pics off the internet. Any comments or criticism are welcome. Thanks.

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#1 posted 08-17-2021 11:27 AM

Welcome! That is gorgeous!! Nice work.

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#2 posted 08-17-2021 11:29 AM

For a newbie that is awesome work…actually it would be awesome for an experienced woodworker as well! Nicely done!

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#4 posted 08-17-2021 11:39 AM

very nice looking bench! i’d be scared to scratch it!

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#5 posted 08-17-2021 12:41 PM

Doing might fine for a Noob, 40+ years & I still have not built a bench…

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#6 posted 08-17-2021 01:42 PM

Very nice! With work like that you are going to need to surrender your newbie card immediately.

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#7 posted 08-17-2021 01:49 PM

Looks fantastic to me! Welcome to the site and thanks for sharing your bench. That’s some great work :-)

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#8 posted 08-17-2021 02:47 PM

Ummmm, wow, if thats a beginner workbench then I’d sure like to see what else you can do! That thing is absolutely beautiful!

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#9 posted 08-17-2021 03:33 PM

Tremendous skills you have for “winging it” Blake.
Looks incredibly solid and looks great as well. Looking forward to seeing more of your work

Cheers to that!

Gary & Christine

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#10 posted 08-17-2021 03:37 PM

That will last several lifetimes. What a beauty!

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#11 posted 08-17-2021 05:25 PM

Sweet bench, nice work. Looks like a BenchCrafted Glide, yer gonna love that.

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#12 posted 08-17-2021 05:39 PM

“NEWBIE” i aint buyin it.that is some mighty fine woodworking.cant wait too see what comes off it.welcome to lumber jocks.i love that youve jumped right in participating.we need more guys like you.

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#13 posted 08-17-2021 07:30 PM

Come and join us at Gunny’s Garage we have Bandit who does a similar type of craft…

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#14 posted 08-17-2021 07:49 PM


Very nice job on the bench.

Edit your pics and resave them before uploading them and they’ll orient correctly.

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#15 posted 08-17-2021 08:38 PM

Welcome to LJs Blakes, Enjoy! Impressive work .great looking and super details.


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