Workbench upgrade

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Project by Marc5 posted 11-22-2010 02:57 AM 2997 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off I would like to thank all of the LJ’s out there helping out with the finishing question I had for this bench. This is what I love about this site, people with all levels of experience and expertise providing advice to anyone needing help. OK back to the bench. The top is made out of 8/4 Cherry boards flattened and smoothed with hand planes. The legs are pine from my local big box store because I originally planed to paint the legs and thought it would be criminal to paint anything but pine. After reading all of the responses to my question I ended up using Danish Oil to finish the top and am pleased with the outcome. This was the first time I attempted a leg vise and much to my surprise it works. I added a tool slot (not sure what to call it)on the back of the bench for my chisels and tools I use most of the time. I also added a stop that can be raised on the left side for for planing wide boards. I tried to think this one through and for what I like to do I believe it will work just fine. This bench is heavy and I will be adding wheels this weekend side so I can easily move it where I need it because I have a very small shop. The last photo is the bench I used for the last 5 years and you can see the need for the upgrade. Comments are welcomed good or bad.

-- Marc

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#1 posted 11-22-2010 03:42 AM

Looks like a nice, solid, heavy bench. I don’t think I would want wheels on mine though. Seems like it might make it less sturdy. —just a thought.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 04:51 AM

Nice looking workbench!

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#3 posted 11-22-2010 05:13 AM

That is a great,sturdy and functional looking work horse You have assembled for Your self Marc ! Only thing I would change is its location (would work nicely in my shop space, LOL !) Really well done bench, what kind of joinery did you use in the base ?

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#4 posted 11-22-2010 06:02 AM

Very nice upgrade. Well done.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#5 posted 11-22-2010 06:03 AM

definitely an upgrade :) looks great!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 11-22-2010 06:43 AM

It’s cherry!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#7 posted 11-22-2010 06:57 AM


That is a really nice workbench (and very nice upgrade) that should serve you well for a very long time. You have a great set of hand planes as well.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#8 posted 11-22-2010 03:48 PM

Oh wow! That looks great – and what an upgrade. I bet you are thrilled.

-- Steopa

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#9 posted 11-22-2010 10:03 PM

Sweet ! Hope you get years of use. Your work makes me want to build a new bench.


-- dust control

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#10 posted 11-24-2010 05:33 PM

Now that’s an upgrade! Nice to have a bench that you can actually use your plane collection on. Way to go.

-- Brian, New Mexico

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#11 posted 11-27-2010 04:53 PM

Yes I like your plane collection too (on eBay as I write this trying to get a #6 and #7), good job on the work bench. I have wood in my shop right now for a similar design so thanks for posting/inspiring. Looks like this might be the time with Turkey day and my football team’s game out of the way. Now if I can just distract my wife long enough to sneak out the door….............

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#12 posted 12-09-2010 07:19 PM

I’d suggest no wheels. It’ll move around when you need it to, but even if you have wheels that lock, it’ll be hard to keep it in place (which is most of the time).

Very nice work. I’m thinking leg vise when I make another bench.

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#13 posted 09-13-2017 02:58 PM

You did a real nice job on this great bench.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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