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Blog entry by John Lowell posted 02-02-2015 01:47 AM 1126 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanted to use up some material, improve storage and add weight to the bench. So, used MDF for carcas, Baltic birch for drawer sides and 1/2 in melamean for bottoms. Got through the first two coats of poly, almost done. Need to get the pulls, perhaps next weekend.

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....



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#1 posted 02-02-2015 02:20 AM

Is that the plywood workbench design from Fine Woodworking? How do you like it so far? I’ve been contemplating building this design for myself and also wanted to incorporate some drawers underneath. I like your solution, well done.

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#2 posted 02-02-2015 09:50 AM

Yes it is, legs and cross beams built from plywood, top from one layer of ply and one layer of MDF. I sized this one smaller than the design, but the build was very easy. Due to the small size, it was light.
I hope the added wt will help stabilize it.

One drawback is that my vice could only be mounted on the end, almost on center due to the stretchers that support the top. Top works great, out feed for TS, dog holes, and a flat surface for use in the center of the shop. Use it all the time.

Also built a smaller version for the kids, works well also.

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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#3 posted 02-02-2015 06:21 PM

I was thinking of sizing mine slightly larger than the plans call for to match the table saw and use it as a all-in-one workbench/assembly/outfeed table….final top in the 42”x70” range.

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#4 posted 02-02-2015 09:36 PM

That will be a large table, wish I had that much room.

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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