Subscribe now and save up to 56%
Woodworker: Thomas Borowicz
A tool-and-die maker and industrial engineer, Borowicz is interested in precision, and his bench shows it. A granite plate (3-1/2-in. thick by 12-in. wide by 18-in. long) in the top elevates for use when lapping or honing tools and adds heft to the bench. The bench is 26-1/2-in. wide (37-1/2-in. including the front vise) by 85 in. long by 34-1/4-in. tall, made from curly and bird’s-eye maple, ribbed mahogany, curly sycamore, ebony, and purpleheart. Borowicz machined most of the hardware on his metalworking lathe and used UHMW plastics to reduce friction on the vise slide guides and under the feet, to make the bench easier to move. Borowicz worked on the bench evenings for four months. The finish is Tried & True Varnish Oil. From Fine Woodworking #223
Get woodworking tips, expert advice and special offers in your inbox
Become a member today
Get instant access to all FineWoodworking.com content.
Subscribe to Fine Woodworking
Save up to 56%
Such a unique and useful workbench.
WOW.... This looks like a terrific workbench!!!!
A great project to imitate. Since I need a new workbench, I will try my best to come up to something similar.
Thank you for sharing
Great project mate! Looks really interesting!
Very nice job! Could Mr. Borowicz be more specific about were the "UHMW plastics to reduce friction on the vise slide guides" were used? I see "vice slide glides" but that is not specific enough for me to understand.
All I can say is "Wow"! Great bench.
What clamps to have and why you should have them
Make something fun while learning new skills
When you get the hang of it, your skew will leave a surface so nice and slick that 600-grit sandpaper would mess it up
Nailer lets you lose the compressor
When crosscutting with the miter gauge, you have to turn off the saw and let the blade come to a full stop in order to accurately align it with a…
When five furniture makers with distinct styles of their own get the same assignment, the result is a lesson in design. We asked Fine Woodworking’s contributing editors to make a…
Become a member today and get instant access to all FineWoodworking.com content!
Plus tips, advice, and special offers from Fine Woodworking.
In-depth online classes from the experts at Fine Woodworking.
Enter now for your chance to win a Lee Valley block plane valued at $160.
© 2016 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Become a member and get instant access to thousands of videos, how-tos, tool reviews, and design features.
Start your subscription today and save up to 56%