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    I finally built it, Work Bench!!

    I am so excited about my new bench I wanted to show it off. I have been dreaming about this for 2 years and running a full time wood working business it is hard to break away to do something like this. Well I finally broke down and did it.



    This bench measures 52" wide x 89" long with a vise 21" wide x 2 1/4" x 6" solid maple. I still have to drill for dogs which I have taken alot of advice that I have read on Sawmill that I plane to follow.




    The top is made of 1 1/4" thick 1" thick oak on ends that makes up the butcher block style top that sits on 1 1/2"s of Amberosa ply (similar to baltic birch).



    There are over 23 drawers that will finally hold my routers, nailers, cabinet hardware, router bits, screws, and much much more.




    I dove tailed all the drawers and constructed them out of Baltic Birch 1/2" boxes with 1/4" Baltic Birch bottoms.

    VERY VERY HEAVY!!!! I still have to move it to the other end of the shop you dont see in the pictures and the shiny look is that the finish is still wet.

    I hope you enjoy!

    Gary
    GW Custom Woods
    Last edited by gary south; 03-10-2009 at 11:50 PM. Reason: Updated Title

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    Beautiful bench Gary! Well done sir!
    Ken

    So much to learn, so little time.....

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    Very nice, sure wish I had one in my shop. When the house is done I can start thinking about stuff like that.

  4. Very nice.

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    That's too nice to work on
    ken

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    Very well done.
    Mike Null

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    Very nicely done. I just have one question. Why not more than one vise??
    With this much real estate of a worktop, it would be limiting to have just one clamping option. Still a real nice bench. You must have a decent-sized shop.

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    Gary,

    That is one GREAT work bench/table.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Wilkins View Post
    Very nicely done. I just have one question. Why not more than one vise??
    With this much real estate of a worktop, it would be limiting to have just one clamping option. Still a real nice bench. You must have a decent-sized shop.
    I dont do alot of hand tooling work as most of my work is power. I incorporated this vise as my son is starting up his panel business and I noticed when he works he likes things to be held down. So, I am thinking that bench dogs will be good to utilize. I was looking at it (bench) last night noticing that I could put a small vise on the same end but from the front side.

    Thanks for the feed back.

    Gary

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    That's a nice big bench with great storage. Nice work.
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    Man, that is a lot of real estate. I wish I had room for a work bench that big. Great job.
    I know it was here a minute ago ???

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    Great bench.. and large enough to double as an assembly table... not to mention major storage under-neath..

    Sarge..

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    Nice BIG bench!
    You're going to love all that storage.
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    That is one mighty fine bench!
    I envy you.

    Now, to make something with it! (grinnnn!)

    Mike
    From the workshop under the staircase, Clinton Township, MI
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    thats not a work bench....its a fine piece of furniture
    Dave

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