View Full Version : Bloodwood workbench

Jim King
03-14-2008, 9:20 AM
It is finally done, the brass castings and all. The table is edge laminated 1 x 5īs and the legs and base are laminated 4 x 4īs. It weighs about 550 pounds.

The six drawers all have tops to keep them clean inside.

Mark Valsi
03-14-2008, 9:22 AM
Man that is beeeeeeeeautiful !!

!! Me gusta mucho !!

Wish I had that in my shop !

Hank Knight
03-14-2008, 9:30 AM
Wow! That's quite a bench . Very nice!

Keith Beck
03-14-2008, 9:43 AM
Wow, an entire workbench made out of Bloodwood! Incredible!


Brian Kent
03-14-2008, 9:58 AM
It's beautiful. I'll take a wild guess at 200 b.f. of bloodwood, or about $1,800 for the lumber alone (for those of us who don't own the mill:rolleyes:).

Doug Shepard
03-14-2008, 10:07 AM
I want one. That's stunning.

joe Katzenberger
03-14-2008, 10:10 AM
That would look great in my living room!

Chris Padilla
03-14-2008, 10:23 AM
That thing looks like it could take a serious beating for 200 years and still ask for more! Is bloodwood in Peru like oak and walnut up here in the States?

I can't even imagine how much that weighs! Beautiful bench...just stunning.

John Terefenko
03-14-2008, 10:41 AM
That sure did turn out great. At 550 pounds that is an anchor. I am assuming bloodwood is so common of a wood that it pays to use an exotic like that. That would be a very very expensive workbench here in the states. That is too pretty to use as a workbench.

Bob Rufener
03-14-2008, 10:58 AM
A very stunning bench. Almost a shame to use it as a work bench. Beautiful work.

Kyle Kraft
03-14-2008, 11:06 AM
Nice bench!!! I'll bet you can't wait to slop glue on it, drill some holes in it and use it to weld on.

Brian Effinger
03-14-2008, 11:08 AM
That is too pretty to use as a workbench.

I agree. I'd be afraid of putting a little nick or something in it. Absolutely stunning :)

gary Zimmel
03-14-2008, 11:14 AM
Beautiful looking bench! Now that won't move around when one is working.

Aaron Beaver
03-14-2008, 12:08 PM
Hey, I think I found my new dining room table. :D Man that thing is good looking.

RickT Harding
03-14-2008, 12:29 PM
Bench, I thought it was a beauty of a buffet. Simply awesome looking.

Shawn Honeychurch
03-14-2008, 1:41 PM
WOW, that's all, just WOW!

Danny Thompson
03-14-2008, 1:59 PM
Beaut. Funny, the drawers look like miniature coffins.

Jude Tuliszewski
03-14-2008, 2:24 PM
That is one mighty fine dinning room...... I mean mighty fine work bench :eek: ??? Great work :).

jason lambert
03-14-2008, 2:37 PM
One phrase comes to mind over the top!
I like it.

mark page
03-14-2008, 2:38 PM
Bench looks great. Weighs in just about as much as I do after grilling filets last evening.
Almost too nice to work on. Great job.

Chris Yarish
03-14-2008, 2:44 PM
....and here I was wondering if I could justify making my bench top out of maple ply instead of MDF.

mike holden
03-14-2008, 2:56 PM
Truly Gorgeous!

but.... how do you get the benchdogs back up?


Mike Patrick
03-14-2008, 3:49 PM
So what was the final cost?

Mark Engel
03-14-2008, 4:12 PM
Unbelievable! What a fantastic piece of furniture.

Tim Anderson
03-14-2008, 4:28 PM
Oh Man!! That is a show piece. I'd never get any work done because I would be afraid to scratch it. Way too cool.

Jim Becker
03-14-2008, 4:52 PM
Wow...between the wood and the castings...marvelous!

Gary Herrmann
03-14-2008, 5:24 PM
Great job, Jim. Smart way to advertise too. So, what will the dogs be made out of - yellow heart maybe? Like one of the other posters, I also wonder - will you have to pull a drawer out to poke them back up?

My wife loves bloodwood. Hm. I wonder if show her this pic...

Jim King
03-15-2008, 8:36 AM
First of all thanks everybody for all the nice comments.

The cost was really nothing as we cut up an old bloodwood that had been laying in the pasture for probably 50 years. The brass vice plates were the most expensive as the brass pipe we cut up and melted down cost about $150 .

The dogs have a vertical releif of about 1/16 of an inch so they come out very easily but fight tightly. Just so one doesnt put the bevel to the wrong side. Yes it is a left handed bench.

Charles Jackson III
03-15-2008, 10:46 AM
Very nice workbench.

Michael Weber
03-15-2008, 10:52 AM

John Revilla
03-15-2008, 10:58 AM
This is the bench that other benches dreamt of becoming when they grow up. Stunningly elegant! Heirloom quality. Should be featured in WW magazines. Godspeed.:D

Bruce Page
04-16-2008, 8:50 PM
Stunning bench Jim. I'm pretty much speachless.

Eric Sayre
04-16-2008, 11:41 PM
I've often wondered about bloodwood for a workbench but never found an example of one. That is truly incredible!! What glue did you use?

Craig Summers
04-17-2008, 12:01 AM

How many are you making in your production run? :D

Thats a stunning bench, and merely from logs laying around

Don Bullock
04-17-2008, 9:27 AM
You're not planning to actually use that bench for woodworking are you???:eek: WOW!! That's a beautiful piece of furniture and your custom brass castings came out looking great.

Paul Johnstone
04-17-2008, 9:47 AM
It is finally done, the brass castings and all. The table is edge laminated 1 x 5īs and the legs and base are laminated 4 x 4īs. It weighs about 550 pounds.

The six drawers all have tops to keep them clean inside.

Oh my. That's the nicest workbench I've ever seen. I couldn't bring myself to use it, with the price of bloodwood up here.
That looks nicer than my dining room table :)

John Thompson
04-17-2008, 11:16 AM
Excellent work.. beautiful results... the question is can you reach deep within and muster the strengh to use it? Hopefully so... :)

Again.... "outstanding"


Charles Shenk
04-17-2008, 2:29 PM
Es la mesa mas fina! I say use but don't abuse that bad boy. Perhaps you could put a little of your blood into the last coat of finsih a la the Red Violin? ;-)


Keith Beck
04-17-2008, 2:45 PM
The cost was really nothing as we cut up an old bloodwood that had been laying in the pasture for probably 50 years.

Man, how nice it must be to be able to say something like that! That's a statement you'll probably only hear once in a lifetime. :D


Bill Wyko
04-17-2008, 3:50 PM
Talk about raising the bar on work benches! Fantastic.

Lori Kleinberg
04-17-2008, 4:47 PM
Wow Jim, that is one heck of a beautiful workbench.

Jim Kirkpatrick
04-17-2008, 6:50 PM
Jim, Stunning bench. How many hours did it take you and how many board feet do you estimate?

Zahid Naqvi
04-17-2008, 8:04 PM
Firstly you need to post this in the neander side as well.

Secondly this is probably one of the most stunning workbenches I have ever seen. Bloodwood on top of the excellent construction is just supreme.

Cary Swoveland
04-17-2008, 8:20 PM
What's going on? First we have a rosewood and teak box to hold Dowelmax components, now a bench made of bloodwood with custom brass castings. What's next.

Beautiful bench!


Carl Hill
04-17-2008, 8:35 PM
Wowser Jim. That is fantastic!

Jim King
04-18-2008, 12:43 PM
Eric: I used regular white blue as the wood was kiln dried. I have never had a problem with white wood glue as long as the wood in properly dried.

Craig: No time for production runs of anything right now . We are overloaded as it is.

Don: I ended up sending it to the States and when there is time I will build another so I wont be using this one. It is on a ship now on its way to our warehouse in Houston.

Jim: It only took about 4 days as the glue dries slowly here but it did use close to 240 bf of rough KD lumber.

Thanks again to all for the comments.