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Project by tmblweed0429 posted 05-09-2009 05:59 PM 3359 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built my workbench out of 3/4” plywood, 3/16” hardboard and good old pine 2 by 4s. The clamp is a knock off of the record. I based the design off of Ian Kirby’s workbench I found in a workbench book. I still need to add some holes for dog legs. Now I don’t have to use my table saw for a workbench!

This was also my first attempt at hand cut dovetails. Not perfect, but they do the job.

Basically I glued up four layers of plywood, trimmed it in oak and mounted it on the pine base. It is pretty solid, and didn’t cost me several hundred dollars.

The stretcher were secured with double wedged tenons so they will never come apart.

I finished it with Gunstock stain and put a coat of polyurethane to seal the whole thing.

-- Trent Tidmore, Grapevine, TX





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 05-09-2009 06:03 PM

Way to go Tmble, that should do a great job for you.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-09-2009 06:23 PM

Nice work surface, this should clear up the table saw for quicker service. Thanks for posting Blkcherry

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 05-09-2009 07:31 PM

I like this bench. You are right about it being solid. And it is nice to see a piece of shop furniture that is finished. When I first started adding cabinets to my shop I would never have considered putting a stain/finish on them- after all they are just shop furniture. But, after seeing the look a finished piece gives to a shop, I have come to an epiphany of sorts with respect to shop furniture in that it can not only be functional but it can also look good- just as your bench does.

Nice job.

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

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BTKS

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#4 posted 05-09-2009 07:46 PM

You’ve convinced me. I’m sticking to simple and functional. I like this style and function.
I used three layers of 3/4 ply to build a door that military entry teams used to knock open. It held up to that abuse, I can’t imagine how you could ever wear out this beauty. Great job.
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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flcopper169

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#5 posted 05-10-2009 03:45 AM

Nice job…. I’ll last longer than we will….

Thanks for posting …

Rob

-- Happy and safe woodworking, Flcopper169@aol.com

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#6 posted 05-10-2009 03:56 AM

Good job. Well done.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Durnik150

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#7 posted 05-10-2009 04:38 AM

Well done! A great piece that you get to enjoy yourself for a very long time.

Enjoy!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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Maxx

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#8 posted 05-10-2009 05:38 AM

That looks great. I’ll bet you can’t wait to get to the next project!!

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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tmblweed0429

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#9 posted 05-10-2009 06:11 AM

Thanks for the compliments. Yes, I am trying to decide what to build now. I just got an Alaskan Mk III portable saw mill and am looking for some oak around town that I can cur up.

-- Trent Tidmore, Grapevine, TX

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Scott

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#10 posted 05-10-2009 08:38 AM

Looks great Tmble. I’m working on my own Kirby right now…

Like the plywood top. Not sure if I will go that way or a 3” Doug Fir lamination.

The hardboard held on with screws from the top for easy replacement? If so, does the hardboard held flat on the plywood (with no gaps) or is there a bit of bounce to it?

-- Scott

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firecaster

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#11 posted 05-10-2009 03:19 PM

This table will work well for you. I’m planning one very similar. With functionality as a top priority. The dovetails are great for a first try.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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tmblweed0429

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#12 posted 05-12-2009 02:03 AM

Scott, I held the top on with small brass screws. There is absolutely no bounce at all. Must be due to the short space between screws. I suppose if that was a concern you could always Use some double sided tape as well.

-- Trent Tidmore, Grapevine, TX

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#13 posted 05-12-2009 04:22 PM

Way to go tmblweed….......functional, sturdy, low cost and good finish.

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#14 posted 05-13-2009 03:16 AM

I like the look…I live in Allen,Tx and am putting together a design for my own workbench. I am ‘Borrowing’ ideas from several projects. I am going to borrow one or two from yours, if you don’t mind. Thanks!

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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Beginningwoodworker

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#15 posted 05-14-2009 01:40 AM

Nice workbench for 2×4’s.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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