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Project by ManOWood posted 1994 days ago 3034 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to the local Lowes in hopes of getting a few 2×4s for a little project and came across a discount load. Since i had a huge amount of lumber after that purchase I decided to start building a good bench. It’s made of pine which I know is not ideal… but i got 3 truckloads of this lumber for $25. I think it turned out well. I just recently put a wilton vice on it (which cost more than the whole bench) I think this is a cheaper alternative for folks that want something nice without breaking the bank.

-- ManOWoodMan





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 1994 days ago

Looks good to me :-) That is what I need to do, after I get the “honey-dos” done!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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motthunter

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#2 posted 1994 days ago

good bench

-- making sawdust....

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 1993 days ago

This is a nice looking bench. Nice score on the wood as well. This is a tool that is essential for nearly any shop. Like Topamax I have one of these on my list but I have to free up some time due to the “assignments” that have already been posted on my list.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Craftsman on the lake

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#4 posted 1993 days ago

Looks like it will do ya good. The way I look at it, if I spend a bunch on a bench and fix it up pretty then I’m afraid to use it rough, like being careful not to drill into it or get glue on it etc. I have a bench much like this made of poplar 4×4’s that I got for a song from one of those discount salvage stores.

My next bench is going to be a ‘new fangled workbench’ The original builder made his out of construction lumber, fir or spruce I think. It is a super functional bench but the costs of materials is nil compared to other benches.

Nice job. Thanks for posting it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Bob Areddy

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#5 posted 1993 days ago

I never understood the want of making an expensive, pretty bench, since they pretty much get beat to hell anyway, at least mine do… drill a little too deep, hole goes into the bench, spill paint, chisel slips, takes a hunk out of the top, etc.

-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood

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ManOWood

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#6 posted 1993 days ago

Thanks for the comments glad I could share… I have plans now to add storage underneath so I will post more pics then. i am glad to see that others feel the same as I do about the pine. If it were good wood that was not easily replaceable i would never use it. I do still need to plane and belt sand the top is is definately not on top but that will be in the future as well. It beats the folding table i was working on before!

-- ManOWoodMan

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HallTree

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#7 posted 1993 days ago

A simple low cost workbench for making high quality projects. I like it.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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noknot

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#8 posted 1993 days ago

I dont see a problem here if it works then its good beets the heck out of mine . good job

-- GO DAWGS!

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Dragonsrite

136 posts in 1994 days


#9 posted 1993 days ago

Nice bench. That’s exactly what I need to make. What are the chances of getting a picture of the frame underneath the top?

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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ManOWood

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#10 posted 1993 days ago

Dragon, I can send ya anything you want hahah. I made the top out of planked 2×4s so it just took some pre-planning. I will try to see if i can gets some pics and figure out a good way to relay how I attached the top.

-- ManOWoodMan

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WoodSpanker

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#11 posted 1983 days ago

Its nice, functional, and inexpensive… pine or not, it looks ideal to me! Outstanding job, and oh snap! What a deal on the lumber!

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

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Beginningwoodworker

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#12 posted 1971 days ago

Neat little workbench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Pie

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#13 posted 1969 days ago

Nice bench. Just turn your honey-do list upside down and then your projects will be on top…lol..I know..it doesn’t work like that. Nice work.

-- Pie

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thequietscotsman

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#14 posted 1935 days ago

i am still trying to figure out how to get 3 truckloads of wood for $25

-- "There is a fine line between woodworker and tool collector"

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Craftsman on the lake

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#15 posted 1935 days ago

Scott, spruce 2×4’s are $1.68 this week. If you find some that are picked over with curves or a twist that you can joint and plane into straightness I suppose it’s possible they might have a firesale.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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