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Essential Workbench - Williams

comments (8) October 24th, 2011 in Reader's Gallery

cwilliams07 cwilliams07, member
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Detail of front apron dovetails behind front bench vist
Before front apron glue up with front apron dovetails cut.
 - CLICK TO ENLARGE Photo: Bench Left

Made from the Essential Workbench design available from FineWoodWorking. Utilizes mortise & tenon and dovetail joinery. Benchtop, apron and vises made from hickory; the different shades are natural variations in the hickory. The base is from Florida oak. Front vise is the large Veritas, and the end vise is the Veritas twin screw model. Finish is boiled linseed oil and turpentine mix. The lighter piece on the front apron is purely decorative.

Design or Plan used: The Essential Workbench

posted in: Reader's Gallery, WorkBench, , dovetail, tenon, mortise, hickory, essential

Comments (8)

cwilliams07 cwilliams07 writes: Correction to my post from a few moments ago - there is no tongue and groove on the front apron, it's a butt joint at the top edge and dovetailed at both ends. I posted a couple of pics to clarify. The only bolts used are 2 barrel bolts on each of the side aprons to attached them to the bench top, and 1 bolt through each trestle assembly (underneath) to hold the bench top to the base.
Posted: 11:04 am on January 18th

cwilliams07 cwilliams07 writes: The front apron is attached to the side aprons with dovetails at each end (visible on the right front end in the posted pics; the other dovetails are hidden by the front vise) and with a tongue and groove joint behind the top edge of the front apron to the front of the bench top.
Posted: 10:48 am on January 18th

wjrush wjrush writes: Looks great! How did attach the front apron? Just glue to the top? Any bolts? I don't see any bolts holes. Thanks

Posted: 10:40 pm on November 11th

cwilliams07 cwilliams07 writes: Thanks to everyone for all the compliments. In answer to David's questions, I chose to follow the plans closely but some modifications were made out of necessity. Personally I'm very pleased with the design as the plans call out and like the 28" depth for the bench. It seems to be the right depth for my arms and work. I estimate that the final bench weighs ~280 lbs.
Posted: 10:56 am on November 12th

markmech2002 markmech2002 writes: clean and simple - excellent job. I really like the apron feature wood highlight
Posted: 1:56 am on November 1st

dmueller57 dmueller57 writes: Very nice job!

I have purchased the same plans and have started to accumulate the wood. I am doing the base out of Tiger Maple and the top out of Hard Maple. Did you follow the plans exactly or did you make modifications? I am thinking of making it only 24" deep instead of the 28" called out in the plans. What did your bench end up weighing?
Posted: 12:43 pm on October 30th

Sauroman Sauroman writes: It really is beautiful
Posted: 4:21 pm on October 26th

stoptheinsanity stoptheinsanity writes: This is a beautiful piece of work all the way through.
Posted: 6:18 am on October 25th

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