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Project by ChickenChaser posted 11-14-2015 04:34 PM 2760 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this work bench a little while ago, when I started getting into hand tools and it has gotten a lot of use. I watched the Paul Seller Poor Man’s workbench series on youtube, and copied the Idea. I’ve added a few things to it. like the leg vise and some stretchers.

It’s just made of 2×4 and fence pickets for the bottom shelf. It’s about 4foot, by 2.5 feet. It is a little light, so If I get to planing to rough than it slides across the floor. I have great hopes of building another one, and maybe convert this into a smaller bench for the kids.

I just screwed in a furring strip, for a planing stop, and I made a couple of bench dogs on the lathe. Also made the holdfast. I know it’s not made of wood, but I thought I would sneak it in there.





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tyvekboy

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#1 posted 11-14-2015 04:53 PM

That’s a good looking “poor man’s work bench”. Good job.

Looks better than my first workbench. The only thing I did different with mine (cause I was poorer than you) was that I used (4) 2 X 6’s laid flat for the top and over that added oak wood flooring. Lasted me for 40 years till I made my current bench.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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ChickenChaser

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#2 posted 11-14-2015 04:57 PM



That s a good looking “poor man s work bench”. Good job.

Looks better than my first workbench. The only thing I did different with mine (cause I was poorer than you) was that I used (4) 2 X 6 s laid flat for the top and over that added oak wood flooring. Lasted me for 40 years till I made my current bench.

- tyvekboy


I’ve seen that bench and it is awsome! I hope to be that good some day. Lots of really nice features on it, I’ll definitely steal the ideas when I build my new bench.

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BurlyBob

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#3 posted 11-14-2015 05:16 PM

I have got to make a bench soon. I’m so tired of working on saw horses and a sheet of OSB.

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hoss12992

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#4 posted 11-15-2015 02:08 AM

That is really cool. Great job

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MadeinMT

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#5 posted 11-15-2015 03:26 PM

I love your bench. Too many benches on this site are so finely built (dovetails, hardwood materials, etc) I’d be afraid to work on them for fear of scratching them. Your bench (like mine) is functional. I don’t hesitate to saw, chisel, stain, sand, pound – whatever – on my bench. It’s a workbench after all!

-- Ron, Montana

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 11-15-2015 09:31 PM

It’s a very nice heavy duty bench.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Levex

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#7 posted 11-16-2015 06:20 AM

Solid looking bench CC, it will serve you well I’m sure.
Can you offer any advice on the hold fast build, (type of steel, how you formed it, heat treating?). I’ve been thinking about making a couple of them for my bench.
Cheers.

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ChickenChaser

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#8 posted 11-16-2015 03:53 PM



Solid looking bench CC, it will serve you well I m sure.
Can you offer any advice on the hold fast build, (type of steel, how you formed it, heat treating?). I ve been thinking about making a couple of them for my bench.
Cheers.

- Levex


It’s just some mild steal bar from Lowe’s. I’m luck to have a brother in law who is a steal worker, used his forge and anvil. Didn’t heat treat it, when I was done shaping it, I just left it to cool on the ground. You want them to be a little bit soft I think. It’s has worked really well. and even pounding it with a steal hammer all the time, hasn’t left a mark on it. Getting the angles right is pretty important. Once I had the tip flat, and bent the top, I heated the tip only, and set the hold fast in the hardy hole to shape the tip. Not sure if that makes sense. I am planing to make another one, but my brother just moved so he hasn’t set up his forge yet. Maybe I will do a blog with my next one.

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hungryJ

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#9 posted 11-28-2015 02:32 PM

love the bench. i am also thinking about forging my own holdfasts. there are some good videos on you tube. i drilled 1” dog holes in my bench and then realized all the commercially made accessories are for 3/4

-- just a goon with a hammer.

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