Router workbench

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Project by Tim29 posted 10-30-2009 04:46 AM 7600 views 37 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been using my router on my normal height workbench which hits a little higher than waist level.
Stooping over constantly to do router work was beginning to hurt my back. So I wanted a taller workbench specifically for routing. The bench is 42” tall.
The bench is made out of construction 2×4 and beadboard plywood. It is almost entirely screwed together with pocket hole contruction.
The holes on the front and back of the top are for pipe clamps if I need to use them for a face vise.
The hardest part was glueing up the top. All of the 2×4s are biscuited toegther so all of the biscuits plus the clamping and glueing was a bit of a pain. I ran the top through a 20” planer to flatten it.
I made the trim to put on the workbench after I had the main part of it put together so I got to use the bench while I was building it.
Handles, pulls and hinges are Target specials.
The bench has a minwax golden pecan stain topped with polyurethane.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#1 posted 10-30-2009 04:51 AM

That’s no workbench! It’s a piece of art!

-- Skillet, Louisiana

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 04:52 AM

whoa!!! that is awesome!!!

-- helen

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#3 posted 10-30-2009 04:57 AM

Great looking work bench.
I have always wondered by most work benches don’t make better use of the space under them for storage.
I agree about the height problem. I have been working on a design for a work cabinet with an adjustable height top using 2×4 supports similar to yours.. It won’t be as sturdy fancy as yours but it is more for light work and assembly with wheels for mobility.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 10-30-2009 05:10 AM

I only have one question to ask. Can I borrow it for a couple of weeks? Really spectacular bench. I am jealous.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#5 posted 10-30-2009 05:14 AM

Necessity is the mother of invention and you invented a nice bench. I can’t say I’ve seen anything quite like it. Looks great!

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#6 posted 10-30-2009 05:15 AM

I agree with everyone. Bravo Zulu

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#8 posted 10-30-2009 05:24 AM

Another great idea from a Lumberjock…I like it!!! A fav for me….

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

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#9 posted 10-30-2009 06:03 AM

WOW! What they all said. Really nice finish too, wouldn’t guess it was 2×4.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#10 posted 10-30-2009 07:48 AM

Amazing bench a maz zing

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 10-30-2009 08:01 AM

Nice Router Bench… probably could easily be considered a general work area too… nice work, looks very useful to have…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#12 posted 10-30-2009 08:23 AM

Super bench….....mine looks like trash compared to this…...but I did put my top at about 40”......don’t like bending over either.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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Lars Öhlin

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#13 posted 10-30-2009 09:53 AM

Excellent idea! nice craftsmanship!

-- Lars Öhlin [Sweden - Helsingborg - Domsten]

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#14 posted 10-30-2009 10:34 AM

Too beautiful to be my workbench.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#15 posted 10-30-2009 10:49 AM

well done…looks to good to use

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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