I’m getting my workshop into shape, and I need a bench. I’m going to use the general plan of Bob and Dave's Good Fast and Cheap (link to .pdf) bench because it looks like a good beginners project for me, I can adjust it easily to fit my space, and I’ll be able to afford to do it in a reasonable time frame.
The bench is built all out of laminated 2x stock, so I’ll get practice gluing up as well as the carpentry. Mortise and tenon joints on the legs, also something I’ve never done. I’m sizing the bench down to four feet, so it will fit in my shop space, and I’ll be able to source the lumber really cheaply. Between the short cuts bin at the BigBox and the odds and ends lumber at the Habitat, I should be able to avoid buying any new long stock.
I’ll need 27 48” lengths of 2×4, and 5 48” lengths of 2×8. And a lot of glue. I’m going to visit the sawmill and see if I can get hooked up with hard wood odds and ends for the bench top, but the legs will be standard dimensional SPF, and it won’t kill me if the bench top is too. I have one vise for the front, and haven’t decided if I want a vise on the end yet—I don’t have a lot of room, and I do have a tool that needs to go to the right of the bench.
Overall, my bench will be 48” long, 23.5 inches deep, and 32.5 inches tall. It will go against the long wall of my workshop, with the shop vac to the left of it, and my scroll saw to the right. I expect that I’ll be able to do most of the work on it with my hand tools, though I may break out my cordless drill for install the vise.
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