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New Bench (finally!)

Finally got around to taking some pics of my new bench. I started work on it over a year ago, more or less finished the top and then promptly got busy building my new shop. Took me another 6 months to make time to put together the base and finish the top.

It is HEAVY! The top is about 3” thick maple with cherry and African blackwood accents. I enlisted the help of a friend to lift it; even then we were not able to move it off the floor. Ended up using my engine hoist to put the top on the base.

Overall, it was a difficult project; I had to glue up the top in several sections; due to the weight and size it was quite a bit of work to get everything flat and straight. The dovetails were the first that I’ve ever attempted in a project, dovetailing 3” thick wood was quite the introduction to dovetailing!

I am quite pleased with the way it turned out. It is a solid bench, it doesn’t flex or move at all with chiseling/planing etc. My old bench was relegated to an assembly/finishing/glueup table.

Cherry, maple, African blackwood with pine base, finished with BLO.

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Beautiful! Congratulations and job well done!

Makes mine look like I did when I was twelve (skinny). Nice work.

-- -- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)


-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Wow ! Gorgeous bench….well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once


That looks nice enough to go in the dining room. It looks like it will be a pleasure to work on.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Nothing like a good solid bench ………. and that is a GOOD SOLID BENCH.
This will really up your game. In never realized how useful they are until I built mine. I wish you many years of enjoyment. She’s something to be proud of.

-- The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.


-- Losing fingers since 1969

That’s one great bench. Probably among the best one I have seen.
It’s beautiful to boot.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Thanks for the kind comments!

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

This is an amazing bench….I’ll bet you’ll enjoy using that thing for years and years! Beautiful.

-- Might As Well Dance : http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

It’s a beauty and it ain’t going nowhere with it’s super hefty construction.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

Wow! That is a beautiful looking bench, it looks to nice to work on but I’m sure you’ll manage :)

-- -- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

What size holes did you drill for the bench dogs? Looks great!

-- Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

Fantastic looking bench ,great job

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

This is a dream bench!

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