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    New bench almost done

    This was posted in the 'old' forum and thought I would update what I have done. Also bring over a couple of photos too.

    This started because I was feed up with lack of storage. So I put everything off and started to build a new bench base. Recyling the top on the existing bench.

    Quick and simple lap joints glued together makes the frame. Surprisingly sturdy too!
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    Simple plywood carcass for the drawers.

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    Nearly 2 full days of work to make the drawers but they are done!

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    Making all the drawers was like production factory work!

    Ripped sheet good to strips for 17 drawers. (17 strips)
    Cross cut them to size. (68 pieces).
    Dado's the sides (136 dado's)
    Cut the dado's for the drawer bottoms (136 dado's)
    Bandsaw and routed the finger slots (18 pieces)
    Cut the Luan into bottom panels (16 pieces..??)
    Assemble 17 drawers

    (Almost) finished project
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    I added a back for rigidity and for extra storage space. Rearranged the shop and my clamps ended up in the far corner. So I needed new and better storage.
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    Still have to add some more brackets for spring clamps and some c-clamps but I like this!

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    Very nice and functional bench. I have one planned for the new shop and am gathering ideas.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Thanks for the update Jeff. You didn't mention what material you used for the bench top. I assume that it is plywood of some sort.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Thumbs up

    That's quite a piece of work Jeff! Should bring you years of pride and service.
    Got Wood?

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    Looks good Jeff, but that pencil sharpener would last about a day with me, I'd hip check it for sure

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    OH I love that multi-quote feature!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pellow View Post
    You didn't mention what material you used for the bench top. I assume that it is plywood of some sort.
    Didn't think about it since it is was a recycled piece. It's just a tooby frame with 3/4" ply and tempered masonite. Basic but functional. I need to wax the top so glue doesn't stick.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Looks good Jeff, but that pencil sharpener would last about a day with me, I'd hip check it for sure
    I have a bit more space than you did Stu. Plus it is (when it's in place that is) beside a metal post. That keeps me hitting it or I would do the same.

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