My Workbench

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Project by mzmac posted 10-13-2008 04:07 AM 4114 views 37 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have wanted to make a bench for some time now. The problem was I couldn’t settle on a good plan. I was discouraged by the price and availability of components for the benches. And I didn’t want to end up with a flimsy unusable bench.

After many hours of thought this is what I came up with.
I used 4×6 landscaping timbers for the legs and cross-members. $34.00 There size, price, and weight were just the ticket. I glued up the top out of 14 2×4s and 4 2×6s $35.00 I put a simple box/finger joint on the corners backed up with a 3/8 oak dowel. It isn’t the hardest top, but it will work great in my shop and on my wallet. The hardware for the end vise was purchased from Grizzly for $31.95. The hardware for the shaker inspired side vise was pieced together at the local hardware store for less then $10. I built my own bench dogs. I can’t see why anyone would want to buy dogs when building your own is this easy. Its not the prettiest bench out there, but for under $120.00 total, it leaves you with leftover money to buy what we all really want….....more woodworking tools.

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#1 posted 10-13-2008 04:10 AM

That’s one stout looking bench!

Nice job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 10-13-2008 04:18 AM

Wow, that is an awesome bench, and I really like how you pulled it off with those materials! You have inspired me to add something like this to my list! Great work!!

-- -=Den

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#3 posted 10-13-2008 04:23 AM

Great job, that bench looks like a real beast and will server you very well indeed.

-- Scott, Colorado

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#4 posted 10-13-2008 05:01 AM

Like your way of thinking and your craftsmanship. You did yourself proud. Many years of use ahead of you there.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 10-13-2008 05:53 AM

Great work!!

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#6 posted 10-13-2008 06:27 AM

Very nice sturdy bench. I do like your bench dogs!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 10-13-2008 07:31 AM

great bench…and the price is right….

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#8 posted 10-13-2008 11:21 AM

I second Barry’s compliment.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 10-13-2008 12:11 PM

Very nice bench!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 10-13-2008 01:00 PM

The price is right and it sure as heck beats the bench I have not made yet since you have one and I still don’t due to my over thinking how and what I want to make :)

It looks like a great job. Don’t forget to put your name and a date on it.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#11 posted 10-13-2008 01:11 PM

I agree with Gary, that is one stout looking bench! The joinery is fantastic and the price is unbeatable. How long did it take you to build it?

-- last night I played a blank tape at full volume - the mime next door went nuts!

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#12 posted 10-13-2008 02:12 PM

Great job Gary, I too am not flush with money like so many woodworkers. I have hesitated to get too involved in woodworking because I may not be able to generate enough excess cash. You have inspired me with this bench. Where there is a will there is a way. You’re an inspiration for all of us who watch our pennies.

-- Have you hugged your tools today?

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#13 posted 10-13-2008 02:26 PM

Great using bench. The fuctionality is all there. A great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 10-13-2008 02:38 PM

Great bench at a great price. Very nice job. I am sure you will get many great years out of that bench.

-- Scott in Texas

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#15 posted 10-13-2008 02:42 PM

Great job at a bargain price! I’ve been thinking about a bench for a long time, and this looks like one I could afford and possibly even build. Thanks!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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