My first Workbench

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Project by pyromedic602 posted 05-13-2009 03:18 AM 5356 views 28 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided it was time to build a real workbench for the shop, after reviewing numerous benches on here and in magazines I took several features from numerous benches and came up with this design. The top is made from cherry and black walnut, it is 2 inches thick and held together with glue and threaded rod. Base is just kiln dried 2x material from a local bigdox, the drawer box is 3/4 mdf wrapped in Brazilian Teak, the drawers are made from poplar and brazilian teak and ar 24”x18” x3” in size. The whole bench was coated with boiled linseed oil, then a coat of amber shellac was applied to the base with the teak receiving a few coats of hand rubbed poly, The top was finished with a generous amount of furniture wax. This benc will also serve as an outfeed table for my table saw. total size is 6’ x 30” x 34”, I ask for honest crizticism and cretiques and as always thanks for looking. I would also like to thank Greg3G for his patience and help with this bench I am sure i owe him a new phone by now.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#1 posted 05-13-2009 03:21 AM

Hey David
This is one fine workbench it should serve you well for a long time

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-13-2009 03:33 AM

These great benches are making me green with envy.

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

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#3 posted 05-13-2009 03:35 AM

That is a great looking bench. You can look forward to many enjoyable years working on that bench. Nice job.


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#4 posted 05-13-2009 03:36 AM

Hope that is a picture of your son you use in your icon, this bench will be an heirloom, in his grandson’s shop

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#5 posted 05-13-2009 04:02 AM

Real nice bench..I have never seen a cherry/walnut benchtop before…I wouldn’t want to use it! Too afraid I might scratch it..


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#6 posted 05-13-2009 04:34 AM

Very nice workbench. I’m pretty sure you enjoyed building it.
Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 05-13-2009 04:37 AM

Nothing like a good workbench! And this looks like a good one!

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

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#8 posted 05-13-2009 04:49 AM

very pretty bench … almost too nice to use >grin< ... give it 100 years and it will still look good

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 05-13-2009 05:42 AM

Beautiful…..So when ya gonna build me one???? Buddy?????

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#10 posted 05-13-2009 06:41 AM

A piece of art to create pieces of art. Great job!

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

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#11 posted 05-13-2009 07:29 AM

I agree with the common consensus. You have a beautiful bench and did a great job. One other thing that I like about your workbench is the simplicity of your design. It is very practicle as well as good-looking.

Although I admire the “traditional” cabinet maker’s bench, and the many variations that I have seen here at Lumberjocks, I am drawn to those assembly benches that are more practical in nature, at least in my opinion.

Maybe I have some Shaker in my past, but I do not like wasted space under the benchtop. If I were to build a workbench, I would include drawers under the benchtop as you did.

Once again, great job!!

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#12 posted 05-13-2009 07:33 AM

Beautifull bench. Love the combination of woods used.

The drawers are a nice added feature to help keep your tools handy.

The double vises will also come in very handy. alltho I have seen others with one vice on the end to facilitate with longer stock. Is there a reason you put both on the side?

All in all, a great sturdy work surface and doubles as an outfeed table is a big pluss.

Can’t wait to see what projects come out of the new work surface!

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#13 posted 05-13-2009 07:39 AM

Thanks for all the comments they are greatly appreciated.

Scrappy I opted to put both vices on the face because they are small vices and I hope to add a tail vise in future when the funds will allow it. I also have the bench set up to work from either end easily when using my planes.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#14 posted 05-13-2009 08:49 AM

very sweet looking bench and worthy of the word.

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

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#15 posted 05-13-2009 11:11 AM

A fine bench in all respects. Looks like you know what you’re doing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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