New Bench (finally!)

Editor's Choice - Aug 18, 2014

Finally got around to taking some pics of my new bench. I started work on it over a year ago, more or less finished the top and then promptly got busy building my new shop. Took me another 6 months to make time to put together the base and finish the top.

It is HEAVY! The top is about 3” thick maple with cherry and African blackwood accents. I enlisted the help of a friend to lift it; even then we were not able to move it off the floor. Ended up using my engine hoist to put the top on the base.

Overall, it was a difficult project; I had to glue up the top in several sections; due to the weight and size it was quite a bit of work to get everything flat and straight. The dovetails were the first that I’ve ever attempted in a project, dovetailing 3” thick wood was quite the introduction to dovetailing!

I am quite pleased with the way it turned out. It is a solid bench, it doesn’t flex or move at all with chiseling/planing etc. My old bench was relegated to an assembly/finishing/glueup table.

Cherry, maple, African blackwood with pine base, finished with BLO.

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

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3fingerpat ...

Beautiful! Congratulations and job well done!

Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

Makes mine look like I did when I was twelve (skinny). Nice work.

Manitario ...

Thanks!

kdc68 ...

Wow ! Gorgeous bench….well done !

lightweightladylefty ...

Rob,

That looks nice enough to go in the dining room. It looks like it will be a pleasure to work on.

L/W

shipwright ...

Nothing like a good solid bench ………. and that is a GOOD SOLID BENCH.
This will really up your game. In never realized how useful they are until I built mine. I wish you many years of enjoyment. She’s something to be proud of.

Brian ...

Beautiful.

lanwater ...

That’s one great bench. Probably among the best one I have seen.
It’s beautiful to boot.

Manitario ...

Thanks for the kind comments!

BarbS ...

This is an amazing bench….I’ll bet you’ll enjoy using that thing for years and years! Beautiful.

Mike40 ...

It’s a beauty and it ain’t going nowhere with it’s super hefty construction.

tinnman65 ...

Wow! That is a beautiful looking bench, it looks to nice to work on but I’m sure you’ll manage :)

Jeff Vandenberg ...

What size holes did you drill for the bench dogs? Looks great!

a1jim ...

Fantastic looking bench ,great job

Todd Clippinger ...

This is a dream bench!

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