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Monster Bench...(Part I)

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

It's been a long time coming...but I finally got around to building a heavy-duty woodworking bench. Now, bear in mind that the purist might not agree with my version because it is not made of Maple or other hardwood and won't necessarily have all the fancy bells and whistles associated with a classic woodworking bench. Be that as it may, a bench crafted for your specific requirements and the product of your creativity is a classic in and of itself. So in the end my new bench will be a reflection of my inspiration and provide me with a very heavy and stable work surface for many years to come.

My old general purpose bench, shown below in Figure 1, has been a trusted workhorse in my shop. I built it about 15 years ago out of some scrap Pine and dimensional lumber. It is a simple post and rail design and the work surface is nothing more then some 2x6's laid flat and glued with threaded rods added for  strength.  However the one thing it lacked was mass; it simply wasn't heavy or rigid enough for most woodworking tasks.

old bench

Figure 1


My old bench has endured glue, stains, dirt, grease, oil, paints, saws and drills. If it got really dirty I'd scrub the top down with some detergent and a stiff bristle brush and then wash it down with the garden hose.  Still in perfect working order, my old reliable bench will find renewed life in the shop of my daughter's boyfriend.


If you have any questions or comments about this blog entry please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Thanks and be safe when working with tools!!!




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Robert Burgoyne, also known as "Burgie", has been doing woodworking for nearly 30 years. He started learning at an early age in his grandfather's garage and continued while working with his father in construction. The hobby has now become a business with Creative Landscape Accents. Burgie builds  high quality woodworking projects for the outdoors and also enjoys making decorative accent pieces for inside the house. While not working in his shop doing woodworking Burgie enjoys computers, restoring his old 1964 Chevy C60 2-ton dump truck and riding his Harley-Davidson Road King throughout beautiful Colorado.



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