Kirby inspired workbench

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Project by BOBAH posted 08-27-2016 09:13 AM 1305 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 08-27-2016 06:16 PM

This is a nice workbench and a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 08-27-2016 11:48 PM

Nice job!

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#3 posted 08-29-2016 08:28 AM

Thank you guys.

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#4 posted 09-04-2016 01:52 PM

i would take that over a storebought any day. like the square top. my workbench doesnt have enough width once i start assembling .

-- just a goon with a hammer.

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