Red Oak Woodworking Bench

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Project by TheQueTip posted 07-23-2009 06:07 AM 15678 views 32 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think it is fair to say that a workshop without a bench makes the construction and assembly of projects more challenaging than it needs to be. It really is a must to have a good bench to work of.

I did not take into consideration the height of the tablesaw when I built the bench. It is about 1.5” higher than my tablesaw….... I see project to shorten some bench legs coming up in the near future. :-)

-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#1 posted 07-23-2009 06:18 AM

nice bench…darn on the leg shortening…but it will probably be real nice to have them the same height…


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#2 posted 07-23-2009 06:24 AM

Sweet. I need a bench. Maybe one of these days.

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#3 posted 07-23-2009 06:25 AM

Nice looking bench and shop. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 07-23-2009 06:29 AM

Great looking bench. I cant wait to see some of your other projects.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#5 posted 07-23-2009 06:41 AM

Beautiful workbench….........Sure would like to have it in my shop !!!!!
Thanks for sharing and Welcome to LJ’s

Looking forward to more of your projects !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 07-23-2009 07:00 AM

It’s about time you completed my workbench. It also looks like you have delivered it to my new shop…..way to go.

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#7 posted 07-23-2009 12:21 PM

Great job on the bench. Your shop looks like a nice place to work from, very well organized. Thanks for the post

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#8 posted 07-23-2009 01:49 PM

Nice Bench, Adjusting the leg height will help, I am in need to do it to my bench as well.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#9 posted 07-23-2009 02:16 PM

It might be because I’m 6’4” and therefore biased but I would raise the table saw. I would bolt some wood between the legs and roller base. BTW, do you mind if I ask how big your shop is? If not, how big is your shop? I’m trying to decide on the size of shop I’m going to build. I don’t want it to big and take up too much of my back yard but I want to be able to work.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#10 posted 07-23-2009 02:20 PM

Hey TheQueTip,
Now that is one nice bench and workshop…...with some great toy’s also…....well done.

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#11 posted 07-23-2009 02:48 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments from everyone. In response;

WoodyWoodWrecker: Raising the TS is an option. I am not as tall as you (5’ 10”) so the 1.5” reduction would not be a big reduction for me, but something I should consider before making the cuts (think twice, cut once or not at all :-) ) The shop is approx 32’ x 13’ 5”. If I could do it over, probably would extend with width to 20’, but very functional as is.

EricAndCandi: I wish you would keep it a little cleaner….... and I need to talk to you about replacing that joiner :-)

-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#12 posted 07-23-2009 03:44 PM

Hey Q
That’s a killer of a bench great shop too. fantastic work

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#13 posted 07-23-2009 03:51 PM

looks great QT. nice touch on the apron’s shaping.

are you using it mostly for powertools? thats when you usually want the bench to be a little high, but if you plan on doing more handtool work (hand planing for most) than working on a lower bench (top at ~34” from the floor) would make your back and arms thank you in the long run.

If I were you and was going to use the bench for outfeed table, I’d cut off those extra 1.5” inches.


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 07-23-2009 04:58 PM

Wow. What a great bench…
As a thought to getting them the same height, raise the TS first… If you don’t like it you can always remove the blocks under the TS and then lower the bench. Doing it the other way around is harder… :-)

-- David, Portland Oregon

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#15 posted 07-23-2009 05:58 PM

nice looking bench and shop. the only problem i see is that it’s too darn clean! nice job.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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