I was cleaning up my bench this week after doing a bit of sharpening of my chisels and a plane iron or two, and I decided to do a sort of a “post-mortem” on my workbench project.
11 2×8 12’ boards – $100
Two used vices, from Craigslist – $50
Various nuts, bolts, barrel nuts, and screws – $15
Wood pulls for the doors – $8
Plywood for the cabinet in the base – $25
Total Cost – $198
Time required to complete the bench: ~25 days working on it on and off
Giant contractor bags of shavings/cuttings produced by jointer and planer: 3
I ended up buying 12 2×8s but only needed about 10 1/4 of them, so I had some extra.
The bench has held up great so far. It’s rock solid and a joy to work at. No major movement over the year since I completed it, though I’ve not really checked the flatness of the top. I expect the top to be out of flat when I check, simply because of the high moisture content of the framing lumber I used. I’m resisting checking because I don’t particularly want to spend the time to flatten and refinish it.
Given the chance, I would probably have used some kind of stain on it to give it some color. Arm-R-Seal does have a bit of color to it, but not much, and so it still looks like framing lumber. If I’d stained it, it would look a bit better. Not a huge deal, but something to keep in mind if you’re considering a similar project.