Work bench

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Project by Eddie Elizondo posted 11-17-2014 02:17 AM 5039 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my work bench that I just finished putting together. The top is made out of construction grade 2×4’s and the legs are 4×4 Douglas fir. I planed the sides of the top and then glued them up. After scraping off the glue I flattened out the top using the Wood Whisperer used to flatten out his Roubo bench. If you follow his directions on how to set this up you will get one heck of a flat and level top. The only difference that I did was put spacers between the rails and top to make sure that I got all the way out to the edge when routing. I mortised and tenoned the rails on the legs and then put some pegs to strengthen the joint. The bench is rock solid and weighs a bout two hundred fifty pounds. I built it out of pine because of economics and I know I am going to bang on this and if it goes out on me, I can replace it on the cheap. Dimensions 60” long, 27” wide, 35” high.

-- Eddie -

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#1 posted 11-17-2014 02:22 AM

Nice work. Looks to be about the right size ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "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 11-17-2014 01:02 PM

Eddie, I think that is a great practical build for your shop and you have done a darn good job. Get a vise on that bench and you should be set for a great many years to come.

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

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#3 posted 11-17-2014 04:12 PM

Good job, and I’m with you on the home center pine, as you say ,it is a bench and is going to get pounded on from time to time.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#4 posted 11-17-2014 04:51 PM

I built it out of pine because of economics and I know I am going to bang on this and if it goes out on me, I can replace it on the cheap.

Bang away. That top isn’t going anywhere.
nice job. Post more ppics when you install a vise.

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#5 posted 11-17-2014 05:13 PM

Great job.

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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#6 posted 11-17-2014 05:56 PM

That is really cool and looks like it will last a very long time Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 11-17-2014 06:09 PM

Nice and simple gets the job done….good work!

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#8 posted 11-17-2014 06:39 PM

Awesome bench,looks real solid!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#9 posted 11-17-2014 08:10 PM

Great economical bench. It will serve you well.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 11-17-2014 08:36 PM

Your top turned out great and looks much better than run of the mill 2×4…. so tell the truth…. you picked the pile at HD, didn’t ya? :^p

I’m guessing you actually bought SPF construction lumber as the grain looks more like Spruce than pine to me.

Bench looks rock solid and should serve you very well…. What type of vise are you going to put on?

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#11 posted 11-18-2014 03:52 AM

I really like your bench. I plan to build one VERY similar in a few months, I hope. I love the router planing method. Perfect for a work top bench. I have an idea for a ~$60 vise designed after the BenchCrafted Crisscross glide leg vise. If you’d like to go with something like that I can let you know my plans, but they’re (sadly) untested until I get around to it… Good luck in your further adventures!

-- -'Tis easier to govern the populous if they do not hate you.

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#12 posted 11-18-2014 03:46 PM

Great looking bench. The last photo is a good view of the effectiveness of the router flattening technique.

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#13 posted 11-19-2014 02:17 AM

That router planing jig is fantastic. I noticed it wasn’t a project from your library; if you ever post pictures or any details for the jig I’ll be glad to follow suit!

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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#14 posted 11-28-2014 03:20 PM

I have a simple bench like this…I have gotten a lot of use out of it. Many happy hours of working together for the two of you!

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