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Project by handy_andy posted 09-10-2016 03:48 AM 1286 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got started with hand tools after getting my grandfather’s stanley #5 and #6, but lightweight workbench were not up to the job. I used construction lumber to save money on my first try. Laminated 2×4’s make up the two top sections, which came out roughly 12”x3.5”x6’. I used a power planner for that. The legs are laminated 2×6’s with through mortised end stretchers. I tried out wedged dovetails on the length stretchers. They tightened up OK but aren’t as rigid as I want. I would definitely do wedged mortises next time. I planned on setting a block into the legs and top but I couldn’t get them to line up so I trimmed them off and used large screws instead.





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JohnnyB

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#1 posted 09-10-2016 05:54 AM

Nice use of relatively inexpensive lumber. This bench should serve you well.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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benchbuilder

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#2 posted 09-10-2016 11:01 AM

Thats a fine job and your dove tails look good from here.

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robscastle

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#3 posted 09-10-2016 11:07 AM

I see dovetails…thats a bit on the Gucci side hey what!

The timber lives on!!

Seriously now,
great effort and result
it looks rock solid too
what glue did you use on the laminations?

-- Regards Robert

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MinnesotaMarty

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#4 posted 09-10-2016 01:06 PM

Dude,
For your first try that looks great. It’s a work bench. I wish more first timers see this because this is an excellent example of building something that will help you to continue woodworking and building . That is how it is done.
Great job.

Marty

-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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ScottM

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#5 posted 09-10-2016 02:01 PM

Nice job. Looks like the same HF vise I have in that last photo!

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Pointer

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#6 posted 09-10-2016 02:05 PM

I like it. Looks to be more heavy duty than my second girl friend!

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#7 posted 09-10-2016 06:14 PM

Looks very sturdy and will last for a long time, thank you for sharing

-- Norman

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MC

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#8 posted 09-10-2016 08:28 PM

That is a nice bench. Enjoy!

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robscastle

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#9 posted 09-11-2016 03:10 AM

Two girlfriends now that just greedy!

-- Regards Robert

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canadianchips

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#10 posted 09-13-2016 03:11 AM

Looks solid. No rockin when planing.
Functional.
To me good design is something that can be used.
Some workbenches are gorgous ! BUT they are show pieces.
You will get lots of use out of this !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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