Eric's Benchtop

Spalted maple and hickory create visual interest.

SHOP OWNER: Eric Eutsler
LOCATION: Salisbury, MD

    I thought I'd send some photos of my almost-finished workbench. I had an antique mahogany sleigh bed lying around, so I figured I'd put some of it to use for the base. If you examine it closely, you can still see the old rabbets and mortises. I tried to leave the base pieces as authentic as possible to preserve that old world craftsmanship.
Eric's Benchtop

    The top is spalted maple and hickory, with a flame birch cap on the vise jaw. The front apron is cherry, and the sides are spalted hard maple. I followed, as best as I could, the workbench design in Fine Woodworking magazine, #167 page 38.
    The only thing left to do is to cut a thumbnail profile on the vise jaws. However, since the jaw is 6 -inches thick, my bandsaw just isn't big enough... story of my life. I'm thinking about boring some -inch holes in the front apron to hold large panels, but I really don't want to mess with the look of the figured cherry apron. The finish is three coats of boiled linseed oil and turpentine, and four coats of varnish.

. . . Eric Eutsler



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