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I made this Workbench in 2008 based on the design by Lon Schleining in FWW # 167. It is made of hard maple with Walnut and Jatoba highlights. The bench is 3″ thick with 6″ thick aprons. I made the aprons 3.5″ wide to allow easy use of clamps on the sides. The workbench has 2 rows of square dog holes and 2 rows of round dog holes. Joinery is pinned and wedged mortise and tenon . The front vice is from Lie-Nielsen and the tail vice from Veritas. I finished it with Waterlox.
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At first I was a bit intimidated by the bench. Like a tank. But this is very impressive. I am encouraged to build it!!
A wonderful classic. Great inspiration
I am in the process of building this bench, and have been on and off weekends here in Milford, PA. Since I had just removed a black walnut tree from the property and sent it to be milled and dried, I figured, hey, why not?
So I have just about completed the base out of the black walnut and will be making the top from hard rock maple, since I did not have enough walnut. I couldn't rip the rough sewn 8/4 maple on my new Jet, so a local mill is now surfacing and ripping the boards.
I must say though that even with about ten years' woodworking experience and a fairly decent shop, THIS IS QUITE A PROJECT! I'm sure gluing up the slabs for the top is going to be fun, and then cutting the dovetails (especially the blind one in the end cap) promises to be even more fun.
But, does anybody know of a two tone black walnut/maple woodworker's bench? I might just use it as a work island in the kitchen -- after all it is a piece of furniture!
AMAZING- would have bought something like it for $4,000.00!!
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