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Granite Workbench

comments (5) October 24th, 2012 in Reader's Gallery

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Woodworker: Thomas Borowicz

A tool-and-die maker and industrial engineer, Borowicz is interested in precision, and his bench shows it. A granite plate (3-1/2-in. thick by 12-in. wide by 18-in. long) in the top elevates for use when lapping or honing tools and adds heft to the bench. The bench is 26-1/2-in. wide (37-1/2-in. including the front vise) by 85 in. long by 34-1/4-in. tall, made from curly and bird’s-eye maple, ribbed mahogany, curly sycamore, ebony, and purpleheart. Borowicz machined most of the hardware on his metalworking lathe and used UHMW plastics to reduce friction on the vise slide guides and under the feet, to make the bench easier to move. Borowicz worked on the bench evenings for four months. The finish is Tried & True Varnish Oil. From Fine Woodworking #223

Design or Plan used: Not specified

posted in: Reader's Gallery, ebony, purpleheart, curly sycamore, curly maple, bird's eye maple, Ribbed Mahogany, Tried & True Varnish Oil

Comments (5)

NancyZCanaday NancyZCanaday writes: Such a unique and useful workbench.
Posted: 11:10 pm on March 22nd

brutium brutium writes: WOW.... This looks like a terrific workbench!!!!
A great project to imitate. Since I need a new workbench, I will try my best to come up to something similar.
Thank you for sharing
Posted: 10:45 am on December 27th

bartfantastic bartfantastic writes: Great project mate! Looks really interesting!
Posted: 2:44 am on October 22nd

waltvl waltvl writes: Very nice job! Could Mr. Borowicz be more specific about were the "UHMW plastics to reduce friction on the vise slide guides" were used? I see "vice slide glides" but that is not specific enough for me to understand.
Posted: 6:10 pm on November 18th

Jurgen01 Jurgen01 writes: All I can say is "Wow"! Great bench.
Posted: 11:07 am on November 11th

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