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Workbench and tool cabinet

comments (8) July 24th, 2012 in Reader's Gallery

rnavrnp rnavrnp, member
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 - CLICK TO ENLARGE Photo: Maple workbench and double tool cabinets with walnut fronts

The hard maple workbench and walnut and maple tool cabinets were designed by Lon Schleining for FWW several years back. The workbench is exceptionally solid and weighs about 350 lbs. The only changes I made to the plans were the addition of a tool holder for the bench and a different pull for the drawers. 

Design or Plan used: FWW workbench - Lon Schleining, designer

posted in: Reader's Gallery, WorkBench and tool cabinets

Comments (8)

rnavrnp rnavrnp writes: Woodbutcher 7474-

The plans are available through Fine Wood Working for about $20. They are very detailed and come with a full cut list. Some of the plan drawings are full size and make the layout for the half-blind dovetails pretty simple. Also, if you can locate the 2004? workshop issue of FWW the bench is on the cover and full article with detailed drawings is covered in the magazine. About 2 years later, the work bench designer, Lon Schleining, did an article featuring the tool cabinet. I completed my tool cabinet using just the magazine article.

Also, Lon has written a book called "The Workbench" from Taunton Press, which I highly recommend. Additionally, if you just "google" Lon Schleining workbench, you find numerous links from people who have completed the bench and offer insights on construction techniques. Good luck.
Posted: 1:40 am on January 14th

woodbutcher7474 woodbutcher7474 writes: I like the look of this workbench, how or where can I obtain the plans?
Posted: 10:11 pm on December 23rd

grumpy66 grumpy66 writes: this bench is beautiful truley an insperation. I can't wait to start mine, right after I finnish tke six projects I have started and Need to finnish this winter." so many project and not enought time " Still every once in a while we do a project for ourselves. This one will be mine.
Posted: 6:48 pm on November 8th

rnavrnp rnavrnp writes: Woodzzz-

Not much of a computer guy so just saw your comment.

I live in San Diego and ended up using Frost Hardwood for the 16/4 and 12/4 hard maple and TH&H for the 8/4 and 4/4 maple and walnut. I'm a member of the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Assoc. and both stores provided a 10% discount on all my purchases.
Posted: 12:35 pm on September 29th

ukmeager ukmeager writes: God help the first person to put a dink in the top of it is all I can say about this wonderful piece of craftmanship.I keep thinking about making one for myself maybe oneday!!
Posted: 7:32 am on August 26th

Woodzzz Woodzzz writes: Masterful work, beautiful craftsmanship. I live in CA as well and was wondering where you sourced the wood, primarily the maple?
Posted: 2:47 pm on August 25th

Olliewood Olliewood writes: I really like everything about your bench. It has all the necessry attributes for good woodworking and it is nice to look at. It has "use me" written all over it. You did a great job; I hope you enjoy using it for many years to come.

Posted: 9:04 pm on August 20th

woodbridge woodbridge writes: great looking workbench. It looks too good to use!
Posted: 7:36 pm on July 24th

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