|Project by BOBAH||posted 08-27-2016 09:13 AM||1500 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
This bench had been growing organically in the last 6 months – it started as a 50”x50” scrap piece of 3/4” oak plywood laid on a folding table, then later I moved it onto a reclaimed oak bathroom cabinet, then added a frame – 4×4 posts for legs, 2×6 for rails. The top is not solid – I have built a flat frame from 2×6 softwood boards resting on legs and rails, and screwed piece of plywood on top. The result is super sturdy workbench surface, tall enough to work as an outfeed table for my DeWalt table saw, and large enough to be used for all kinds of other jobs – assembly, sanding, finishing, painting, you name it.
The woodworking vise (on a left side – I am a leftie) is a long overdue addition: finally I can plane large boards without risking to knock them over.
I have added a roll for crafts paper on the right side – so it could be quickly pulled on top for gluing or painting jobs.
The cabinet is used to keep all my power tools – when done with the tool, I can quickly tuck it back in. The bench has potential for further expansion – there is empty space under the far side, eventually I will add some shelves there.
Hardware and materials: oak cabinet, oak veneered 3/4” plywood, solid oak used for trim. I used 4×4” and 2×6” solid pine for posts and rails, stained with golden oak stain. Finish – water-based polyurethane. Hardware – 5/8” stainless still bolts with nuts, 3.5” screws, 6” bottom mounted vise.
Overall it costed me under $200 – and saved trouble of getting rid of the old cabinet.