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Essential Workbench

comments (2) December 31st, 2012 in Reader's Gallery

kbiniowa kbiniowa, member
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This project was completed using Lon Schleining's plan from Fine Woodworking Magazine.

The bench is constructed from hard maple. I finished the top with danish oil, the base is finished with an oil based wipe on polyurethane. The bench top is 2 1/2" thick with a 6" apron.

This project took some time. (My wife will attest to that) but it appears that the bench will last for many more years than I will.

If one elects to tackle this project, I would tell you that the construction of the base is far more challenging and time consuming the the bench top.


Design or Plan used: Lon Schleining

posted in: Reader's Gallery, WorkBench, tenons, maple


Comments (2)

rnavrnp rnavrnp writes: Great work! I'm guessing you're a "lefty" since the end vice and front vice are reversed from the plans. I built this same bench about 2 years ago. I decided to add a tool tray to my bench and so far it has not turned into a catch-all or a dust collector.

Also, I ended up building the tool cabinet that Lon designed to go with the bench. It's very functional and construction goes a lot quicker than the bench.
Posted: 1:53 am on January 7th

drummeramos drummeramos writes: Very nice! I'm about to embark on my own bench building journey.. I too looked at those plans, but decided on a bench with the legs flush with the apron. Like the new Lie Nielsen bench.
That maple looks great too! I talked my self out of it and went with Ash, I like the strong grained look of it and it should make for a really heavy sturdy bench.

Again great work!
Posted: 7:41 pm on January 1st

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