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Project by DustyDave posted 08-10-2007 04:01 AM 4366 views 13 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I mentioned in my Miter Saw Station project post, a friend gave me a couple of solid core doors. I used a second one to top this workbench I made based on plans in American Woodworker mag. It has a ton of storage and is on 6 wheels rated for 100lbs each. There are four wedges that keep it off the ground and stable. As with the miter saw station I edged the solid core doors with walnut for contrast against the maple veneered doors.


-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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#1 posted 08-10-2007 04:11 AM

Just got a 32” Solid core Oak 1-3/4” thick door slab from Habitat for Humanity for this very thing. (They had one without a door knob hole) I hope mine turns out half this good. What did you finish your bench top with?

You did a great job on this, thanks for sharing. Outstanding job on the cabinet for the storage.

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

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#2 posted 08-10-2007 04:21 AM

Gotta love those solid core doors, they come in handy for so many things. Nice workbench: so much storage and a nice large work surface what else could you ask for? I made a similar bench last month with solid doors.

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

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#3 posted 08-10-2007 04:29 AM


Actually haven’t finished yet. The door was already finished. I guessing polyurethane. The workbench still needs dog holes. Then I get to put a finish on it, probably poly.


Your assebly table is awesome. I wish I had your space. I’m using a 12’ by about 22’. Everything is on wheels except the miter saw station. So I can arrange things based on what I am working on. Works pretty well.


-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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#4 posted 08-10-2007 07:23 AM

Excellent. Really nice bench, very useful pullouts. I wish I had your* space, I’m in 6’ by 12’. I do’nt think there would be room for this, everything is mobile but still assemble most things on saw horses outside.

-- Atelierwoodworks Vaud Switzerland

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#5 posted 08-10-2007 08:56 AM

great work! I’m guessing those solid core doors are pretty darn flat!

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

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#6 posted 08-10-2007 01:06 PM


You are right. They are very flat and heavy. Each of the doors were 8’ tall and weighed over 150 lbs.


-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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#7 posted 08-10-2007 01:08 PM

It looks to nice to work on :), you said it is on wheels? I bet it weighs a ton. Do you plan on moving it often or that is a “just in case” option?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#8 posted 08-10-2007 02:03 PM

Awesome bench, I’m in the middle of building a very similar one from The Family Handyman. The top is made from 2×4s on their end glued up, however, I’m liking your top much, much better! Well done.

-- James, SE Michigan, novice sawdust creator

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#9 posted 08-10-2007 05:22 PM


It will be stationary most of the time and moved only when necessary. It does weigh a ton. The bottom is built from 5 sheet of plywood. The scraps from the case were used to make the drawers. There a 9 drawers/pullouts. So add the weight of 9 pairs of full extension slides. My favorite feature is the large drawer right under the top. I will post some more pics of the drawers pullouts.


Thanks for the positive reinforcement.


-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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#10 posted 08-11-2007 02:25 PM


I think this is the same bench as your making except for the top. Since I had the solid core door, I used that instead of gluing up the 2bys.


-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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#11 posted 10-05-2007 01:40 PM

Hey your workbench is awesome. I am hoping to something similar with storage under mine.

-- -Alex, St Charles, MO - "Measure twice, cut once, and go back to the lumber yard because you still screwed up."

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#12 posted 10-05-2007 01:51 PM


Thanks. The plan was really simple. It is just 3 plywood boxes on a 2×4 frame. You could probably scale it down to two boxes and doors or drawers to your liking. I think the plan was in American Woodworker Dec/Jan 2006. Let me know if you want me to verify.

-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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#13 posted 11-22-2007 03:27 AM

Wow now that is what I’m talking about. I never thought of using a solid core door for the benchtop. i would love to try and build this myself. Did you verify the issue number of the magazine or know where I can get some plans similar to this?

-- The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy of life lies in not having goals to reach for.

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#14 posted 11-22-2007 02:11 PM


the plans came from the December/January 2006 issue of The Family Handyman. An almost identical bench was in American Woodworker in January 2004.

-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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#15 posted 11-22-2007 05:02 PM

It looks stout. I’m interested in clamping options. Can you clamp a piece to the top? It’s a nice looking bench for sure.

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

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