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Retirement gift – Mechanic

The customer was looking to buy himself a retirement gift that he could use once he had more time on his hands. The client is an amateur mechanic and has a couple of very nice vintage motorbikes the need constant work to keep roadworthy. He came to us to find solid retirement workbench for his mechanical adventures and together we came up with this design.

Dave was looking for a bench that would fit into the space in his garage that would be heavy enough to remain stable and also have mobile castors for easy movability. The result is a solid Jarrah bench with a thicker top and square legs.

I really like the look of this bench without an apron and feel that woodworkers would love the clamping space available around the entire bench. It would be a simple matter to install a woodworking vice under the top and still keep the smooth lines.

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03 March, 2018|Bench, castors, Commission|0 Comments

Bicycle Wheel bench

The customer, Melody Wheels, needed another bench from us, having bought their first bench a couple of years ago.

This new bench needed some customisations to make work easier and more productive. The requirements included:

  • Wheel hooks on both ends
  • Drawer storage under the shelf
  • Gap between the top and shelf needed to fit a set of drawers to be installed later
  • Re-inforcing of the installation of their mechanics vice.

The result is a bench that the customer was extremely happy with and the feedback is that it has made Adrian’s work easier. Check out Adrian’s work at melodywheels.com.au

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22 February, 2018|Bench, Commission|0 Comments

Leather makers bench

The client for this bench makes leather goods and needed something that was solid and heavy, so that it could take the knocks and bumps and survive. The bench is 1800mm long and 900mm deep with 90×90 legs to add weight and stability. There is a 60mm overhang all round to create some clearance for the client to work from all sides. The bench was able to be flat-packed for ease of shipping and still be solid and stable once assembled at the other end.

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19 October, 2017|Bench, Commission, Leather|0 Comments

Gem cutters bench

Doug Menadue from Bespoke Gems in Sydney came to me asking if I would be able to modify a jewellers bench design. After some discussion, Doug produced some clear and concise drawings of what he would like me to make for him. This includes shelves for storage above the bench, drawers and a tray below the work surface that he could store often-used tools. There is also a shallow shelf under the bench that Doug would use to store some tools not frequently used and to rest his feet on when working.

Gem cutters bench

06 October, 2017|Bench, Commission, Jewellers|0 Comments

Another small Jewellers’ bench

When the client came to me with a number of images she found of jewellers benches she liked, it was simple matter to discuss which features she liked and wanted included in her workbench. What came out of these discussions is the bench shown below. It has neat, clean lines with one storage drawer above the filing tray, both of which when closed are behind the jewellers cut-out.

I enjoyed the process of discovery that came from the conversations with the client that allowed us to arrive at a design that would meet the clients’ needs.

Another small jewellers bench

30 June, 2017|Bench, Jewellers|0 Comments

Large Hybrid workbench

When this customer came into our workshop to discuss us making a bench for her, she looked at our assembly workbench said that she wanted one just like ours. The workbench takes the Standard workbench and adds a Jarrah board where you work most frequently hence the name – Large Hybrid workbench.

The bench shown is 1800×1200, with a Jarrah strip on the top as a re-inforced work surface. As the customer said, almost all of the hard work we do on a woodworking bench is in a small area.

There is a wide apron on all sides with this bench to create a heavy workbench that won’t move during any process and gives a vertical clamping surface wherever you need it.

Being a kit bench, it will take at least 2 people to lift the top into position.

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14 December, 2016|Bench, Commission, woodworking|0 Comments