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Blog entry by Willienel posted 06-08-2016 02:34 PM 639 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the process of building a workbench I am going to build a 5 foot tall by 22 inches wide I have no choice but to use soft wood which is going to be fine and I was wondering if anybody out there could give me any hints or help on what to do and how to do it if I have never had work bench I was a log home builder for many of years would build sawhorses on site and cut all my Logs with a chainsaw so if anybody out there has any input I would appreciate it thank you

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#1 posted 06-08-2016 03:11 PM

Read the 1 megathread or the other various threads on the topic. Shit-ton of information already on the site.

This may also be useful for future posts:

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#2 posted 06-08-2016 03:33 PM

For a 5 foot tall workbench you must be Really Tall .

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#3 posted 06-08-2016 03:40 PM

Here’s a recent post -

Also look through the extremely long thread Workbench Smack Down, lots of ideas there -

This should get you thinking. HTH

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 06-08-2016 04:05 PM

You, can build a decent woodworking bench with plywood and 2×4’s and 2×6’s. You can cut two pieces of plywood for the top and laminate them together creating a good solid top that is 1-1/2 inches thick. Trim the edges of the top with a router so that the edges are flush. Then laminate some maple edging to the edges and slightly champher or round over the top edge of the edging. Your top now is completed.

Your base is just made out of 2×4’s. I used 2×4’s and 2×6’s to make 90 degree L assemblies for the legs and 2×6’s for the legs and 2×6’s for the stretchers. I also used two more pieces of plywood to go on the top of the middle and bottom stetchers for shelves. I used a 3/4 inch drill to drill two rows of dog holes and mounted two heavy duty wood vises on the top. Just put a little thought into how to build the base. I used nails for the base and bolted the top to the base. Two people could hardly move this table and it did not rack. When I got ready to bolt the top on I had to have a helper. I think my top was 38” x 84”. The top is pretty heavy and the top will probably need to be flipped over. I used a number of flathead screw scattered over the bottom face to make sure the two pieces were pulled together to make sure the plywood was glued good for the lamination.

This is my old shop. My new one is on the site under my name below.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 06-08-2016 04:25 PM

Maybe this will give you some ideas on what you want for your bench. I made this bench this past year. Size is approximately what you want.

Click for details

The link works, but the widget doesn’t seem to post the pics along with it.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#6 posted 06-08-2016 04:43 PM

If you plan to use softwood you might consider buying 2X8’s and ripping them in half. The 2X8’s are usually a better quality than typical 2X4’s with less twist and maybe fewer knots too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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