beginners bench

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Project by nralien posted 11-18-2009 01:06 AM 2996 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built from the Fine Woodworking getting started series. I really didn’t know what I was doing but had been reading the magazine for a few years and thought I’d finally start. I owned a table saw, skil saw and a drill. I bought a couple of planes and sharpening equipment and got started. It was certainly more than a weekend project for me! I made a couple of changes to the plan with vises and that gave me even more opportunity for learning, of which there was plenty. Now to produce a few things for the house.

-- nralien, Wausau, WI

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#1 posted 11-18-2009 01:19 AM

I think it looks really nice. I hope when I am finished with the one I am building, it looks that good

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#2 posted 11-18-2009 01:32 AM

Very nice, functional bench. I think it will serve your needs well.

Now if only I could turn my 2-car shop into a 3-car shop like yous.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 01:43 AM

Looks like a good sturdy bench it should serve you well for some time. Well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 01:58 AM

With a bench like that, there’s no excuse to stay a beginner. Get those bikes and car out of there and start making saw dust.
Good job.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#5 posted 11-18-2009 02:12 AM

Looks like the ones in the catalogs for $600.00. And you built it. Great job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 11-18-2009 02:21 AM

Very nice job!

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#7 posted 11-18-2009 03:03 AM

Well done bench – I believe you have a great start in woodworking ! Thanks for sharing.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#8 posted 11-18-2009 03:53 AM

Nice bench, your off to a good start.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#9 posted 11-18-2009 04:13 AM

I signed in tonight (after spending the last couple of hours cutting and routing a ton of custom baseboard) just so I could comment on your bench: Great job. I’m still working on my old bench but looking forward to building a nice one. Guys like you motivate me.

Best of luck as you build and refine your skills. It’s a great adventure.


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#10 posted 11-18-2009 01:36 PM

You built yourself a very useful part of your new shop. Very nice ! My to do list seems to be growing; including a sturdy work bench like the one you built.
Let’s see some of those house projects.
I’ll be semi retired at the end of the year, so then I can finally get busy with my long unfinished kitchen cabinets.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#11 posted 11-18-2009 05:33 PM

Nice bench…but I also noticed the Subaru, the countless bicycles, and the multiple canoes. Throw in a couple of backpacks and overnight gear and you’ve got yourself one hell of an adventure vacation.

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#12 posted 11-18-2009 05:39 PM

Great bench. You’ll be able to turn out lots of nice projects with it.


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#13 posted 11-18-2009 05:48 PM

Nice looking bench. and I bet you will get a lot of use out of it for many years. I am very partial to that type of construction, because I have a very similar one. I built a bench about 1971 using 4×4’s for the legs, 2×10’s for the top, and bolt and lag screw construction. No plans, just conjured it up. It has moved all over the country with me. It is still my main tool bench. The storage part of it needs revamping, it is a work in progress. I recently put a new piece of 3/4” ply on it, the last one had been on for over 25 years. Even if you build a differnet bench later on, I bet you keep that one forever.

Here is my bench, in the thick of things as always:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 11-18-2009 06:01 PM

very cool! looks much better than my first bench (which was based on the same FWW design):
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it’ll serve you for years and years.

and Welcome to Lumberjocks!

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

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#15 posted 11-19-2009 11:53 PM

Nice bench. Much improved over mine. I need to get after one of those some time. My bench is on old abandoned solid core door that sits on top of two metal file cabinets. Nice job on the workbench. It’ll serve you well. Tim

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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