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Thread: Shaker Work Bench, Revisited

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Oakville, Ontario

    Shaker Work Bench, Revisited


    Well by popular demand some people have asked me to repost some projects from my past.(my apologies to you if you have seen this before).

    I made this Shaker bench awhile ago (2001-2) back in the days of Badger Pond. It is mostly hard maple with cherry accents. There is very little hardware in this bench, 6 brass screws for the top pf the tail vise and 6 lag bolts used on the end caps.

    I was inspired to make a traditional bench with an authentic tail vice and leg vice. The wood screws were made by Howard card, he no longer makes them.

    I find that the bench has fit perfectly into my work style over the years.

    It’s based on a design from the Landis Workbench book with some minor modifications..

    I hope you enjoyed seeing my bench.

    Take care,
    Last edited by Jim Shaver; 08-24-2007 at 02:10 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    The Heart of Dixie
    Beautiful. I made mine a similar style but much more basic bench. Nothing near as nice, but I love the vices. Just can not bring myself to use good wood on a bench though.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    Well Jim, I think that's just a horribly ugly bench and you need to ship it to me so you can build a nice one!

    I think I did see that one before, but when you put something that nice together, it is definitely not a problem seeing it again! Thanks for posting! I Love the screws and I'd really like to have a leg vise. Next bench I guess!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Very nice work Jim, and thanks for posting it. I discovered woodworking forums before the Badger Pond days, so I'm one of many here who've not seen it before.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Nanaimo B.C. Canada
    Beautiful workbench Jim

    Very nice set of vises too

    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers! - Jim

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Hey there Jim, nice work as always!

    I love the drawer fronts... and that it has drawers. Betcha don't slide that one across the floor when trying to true up a panel!

    One day I'll finish mine, no drawers or top yet... at the moment its holding up a makeshift router table, but I'm so embarassed at the heresy that I won't post a picture

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel
    wow, beautiful work there, and the morris chairs. can you post a recent photo of your bench? I'd love to see how it has held up these past few years.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    i hadn`t seen your bench jim........fantastic! thanks for sharin`.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    I'd not seen it before, but if I had, I'd have just enjoyed it a second time.

    Wow...........just don't do it justice!
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Southern Louisiana
    that's awesome jim..very beautiful in deed. you should be very proud of that wonderful display of your craftsmanship


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