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Project by TheGravedigger posted 07-31-2007 06:24 PM 5659 views 13 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench was constructed in a traditional style, but using common dimension lumber. The concept was to make a bench with good performance from inexpensive components. The top is Home Depot spruce 2X4 studs, and the base is made of 2×4 & 2×6 SYP from a local lumber yard. The only expensive wood is the maple used for the vise chops. The vise hardware is an inexpensive quick release type from Woodcraft.

All joinery on the base is with 1” thick pegged mortise-and-tenon joints, and the top rests on 3/4” oak dowels extending from the top of the legs into 1” holes in the top. This makes for easy removal with no play in the top.

For construction details, see my blog series entitled “A Workbench's Progress.”

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#1 posted 07-31-2007 06:26 PM

Great job Robert. Have you used the bench yet? I bet it works great, and makes a nice addition to your workshop. How much did it cost roughly?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 07-31-2007 06:30 PM

Robert! This is just awesome! The blog series has been great. I had always considered doing a bench in spruce. Spruce is more abundant than quack grass in my neck of the woods. This is really nice and demonstrates that any wood in the hands of a skilled woodworker, will suffice. Thanks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 07-31-2007 06:42 PM

Very solid looking workbench. That thing should last a couple life times. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 07-31-2007 06:56 PM

Nice bench! I used SYP for the base of mine also.

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

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#5 posted 07-31-2007 07:17 PM

Bill, the total cost of lumber for the base and top was about $90. The rest of the cost will of course vary with the clamping hardware you use. My two sets of vise hardware were about $150, with an additional $80 for the maple for the chops. Considering costs for glue, finish, dowels for pegs, and bench dogs, my total cost was a little under $400.

The bench is indeed solid as a rock—no movement at all. Even if I wear the top out, the base should still be there to receive its replacement. Vise hardware and chops should be reusable. Only time will tell about the durability and stability.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#6 posted 07-31-2007 08:49 PM

That is a beautiful workbench! It’s so nice, I probably would put it in my livingroom and never use it. Great work.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 07-31-2007 08:56 PM

Great addition your shop. Looking forward to seeing some of the projects you produce with it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 08-01-2007 01:56 AM

Great work, nice workbench

-- Pedro Rodrigues da Costa, Sintra, Portugal

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#9 posted 08-01-2007 03:35 AM

Nice work! Now I’ve got bench envy.

-- John, Auckland New Zealand -

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#10 posted 08-01-2007 05:38 AM

Nice work bench Robert. Just a great example of your woodworking skills shown.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 08-01-2007 10:51 PM

Beautiful! will be enjoyed by generations to come…

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#12 posted 08-02-2007 06:22 AM

Love it!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#13 posted 08-03-2007 01:08 AM

Great looking bench! Please let me know how the 38” height works out for you.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 08-03-2007 04:57 AM

Beautifully done and a great blog on the process. Nice job all around.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#15 posted 08-03-2007 07:19 AM

Nice work. I have plans to build a work bench and replace a plywood assembly station I built 12 years ago. I appreciate the detail in your blog.

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