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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 1021 days ago 3905 reads 5 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A lot of people have been asking about building a workbench. A workbench is really the most important part of any wood shop. Here’s a workbench that is quite sturdy and will last for years. If you are just getting into woodworking, it’s a simple first project. If you are already woodworking, this can be customized in a lot of different ways. It ain’t pretty, but it will take a lot of abuse, which, in my mind, is what a workbench should do.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com



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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 1021 days ago

No doubt, the sky is the limit ;-)) Nice cheap table. Did you leave the screws in the top or were they just for clamping the glue joint?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 1021 days ago

Yeah, I just left them in. On three of my other benches, I tacked a sheet of hardboard on top. It’s smooth and easily replaceable if I want. But actually I like to look at all the scars on it. Reminds me of past projects!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 1021 days ago

I would be worried about hitting one with a chisel ;-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 1021 days ago

I’ve NEVER seen anyone use so much wood glue in a seven and a half minute time span!

I am a HUGE fan of 2X4 lumber in the shop. (And strategically placed words in all caps). I think the hardwood should be used for the nice furniture and stuff, and the workshop projects are best done with good, strong fir and yellow pine! (Not animal fur. That would never work.)

One question, how do you get those really high camera angles? Does your son stand on the top of the pickup truck, and if so, does he demand hazzard pay?

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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will delaney

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#5 posted 1021 days ago

Thanks Steve another fine project and you didn’t use your fingers for the glue

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Stevinmarin

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#6 posted 1021 days ago

@Stumpy: Haha! Yeah, that was a lot of glue. In this case, the camera angle was easy…I just set the tripod on my truck. I actually only needed Wyatt for one shot in the video. The rest was me and a camera.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 1021 days ago

Yeah, I forgot that glue thing;-(( Why didn’t you use your whole hand for that much?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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thiswoodshop

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#8 posted 1021 days ago

Hi Steve

My first workbench is was something very similar to what you shown. It very sturdy and served me well. I considering building my self a Benchcrafted Split-Top Roubo bench. This would be my project for the next year i just blogged about.

I still have both of my old workbenches that will have to endure all the abuse.

Nice video,

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" - www.thiswoodshop.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 1021 days ago

Steve,

Really COOL SIMPLE to build… Workbench!

Nice video…

Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Beginningwoodworker

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#10 posted 1021 days ago

Steve, thats a nice workbench. You gave me and idea to build one. :)

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#11 posted 1021 days ago

Are you getting some sort of kickback from the Titebond company?????

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 1020 days ago

Nice job on the simple bench!

I’m building one similar soon too. :)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Marty Eargle

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#13 posted 1020 days ago

Great video…but I kind of lost focus after seeing that frame photo of the Hoff…it was mesmerizing.

-- Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it. -Mark Twain

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#14 posted 1020 days ago

Good video, Steve. You do use more glue than a mere mortal, but better than not enough ! Thanks, I enjoyed that.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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rance

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#15 posted 1020 days ago

Nice job on the video, AND the bench Steve. I like the utility.

To the others – He doesn’t get a kickback from Titebond, Steve is just a natural Galue-t.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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