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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.
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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.
I like the look of this workbench, how or where can I obtain the plans?
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.
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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.
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!!
Masterful work, beautiful craftsmanship. I live in CA as well and was wondering where you sourced the wood, primarily the maple?
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.
great looking workbench. It looks too good to use!
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