$20 work bench

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Project by blue77 posted 04-14-2016 07:44 AM 817 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really need a work bench, my last one became a stand for my lathe. I wanted to make it with hand cut dove tales and half lap joints. I used 2×10 spruces lumber for the base and an old dresser I pulled out of the garbage for the bench top. It’s not pretty or fancy but for less than $20 I think it will meet my needs. I might put some drawers in the bottom for some extra mass and I’d like to put on another vice and drill out some dog holes. I still need a lot of practice with those dove tales.

-- I make bowls and spoons.

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#1 posted 04-14-2016 11:00 AM

cost is not an indication of quality – in this case your attention to quality far exceeds your initial cost. hand cut dovetails are hard enough in a 3/4” board, can’t imagine the problems with a 1 1/2” board

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 04-14-2016 12:55 PM

That’s pretty cool, Nothing wrong with a $20 work bench.
I like the top. Effective and does the job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 04-14-2016 01:05 PM

Solid looking bench. Nice job. For $20 it a masterpiece.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 04-14-2016 04:54 PM

it may be cheap but the quality superb, great work mate

-- bambi

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#5 posted 04-14-2016 05:38 PM

Thumbs up for hand made dovetails!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 04-14-2016 06:37 PM

Very nice work bench!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 04-20-2016 03:02 AM

Bench looks great, Blue. Lots of projects will be crafted there.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 04-20-2016 04:27 PM

You certainly cant go wrong with THAT for 20 bucks! Looks like it will last a long time !

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