The workbench to end all workbenches

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Project by Lumbernator posted 01-18-2009 05:50 PM 3079 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was pretty fun. Originally I wanted to build something much more elaborate, but I realized I needed to start a little closer to earth when I went with the cutting diagrams to buy the wood. When I could barely figure those out, I decided to just buy a bunch of 2×4’s and some 3/4” MDF and see what I could come up with.

I basically just watched a video on youtube of someone build something similar. So I drew up some simple plans and got to work. (This was before I found lumberjocks, and sketchup).

The joints holding the frame of the top and the legs together are half laps, and then the top is just screwed in. The bottom shelf is just resting on the 2×4s that connect the legs.

Lots of screws, a little glue, and a whole lot of persuading.

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#1 posted 01-18-2009 05:51 PM

I forgot to mention I added a small channel on the front, to hold small tools, screws, etc.

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#2 posted 01-18-2009 06:22 PM

Looks like you’ve got a good start to get back into woodworking. That work bench will serve you well. My first couple of work benches were rather crude, but I still use them. Again welcome to LJs.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#3 posted 01-18-2009 06:36 PM

Looks strong, now make it mobile …

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#4 posted 01-18-2009 06:57 PM

The first checkpoint of your woodworking journey.
Nice bench and most importantly it is functional.. Great project!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 01-18-2009 08:44 PM

Nice and sturdy. I like the hooks on the side for the Ryobi tools. Mine are hanging under a cabinet and I constantly find myself crossing the shop to get to them. I like that you have right there where you are working.

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#6 posted 01-18-2009 09:02 PM

cool…I like the idea of the channel.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 01-19-2009 05:56 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. The workbench looks like a great place to start working on those future projects.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 01-19-2009 06:11 AM

If it’s the work bench to end all…. where do you plug it in? LOL


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#9 posted 01-19-2009 06:35 AM

I built my first bench with those modular metal connectors, I can’t remember the company that put them out, they were on an end cap at the Big Orange Retail Giant…
I sort of made it up as I went along and it served me well for many years. 2×6, with a shelf below, pegboard above. I’ve since taken it apart, and turned it into a couple smaller work tables. still trying to figure out what i need in a proper bench (with the caveat that it needs to work, and fit in my basement shop). Those hooks off the side seem like something I’ll incorporate to keep the top from getting cluttered to the point where I’m spending more time moving tools to make space, than actually using them. Great idea!

Oh, and Welcome to LJ

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 02-16-2009 09:52 PM

I just bought Taunton Press’ “Start Woodworking” Magazine and DVD they have out right now for my nephew, Gary. The workbench they walk you step by step through is nearly identical! He’s over here on weekends and even some weekdays working away on it… 2X4 legs aren’t bad at all.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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