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My first workbench build

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Project by HickWillis posted 09-14-2016 03:13 PM 2253 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a month ago I decided it was time for a proper workbench. I was tired of making due with what I had (which was a rickety old workbench).

I used Fir for the wood. I was able to get 6 boards of 2×10x12 for about $75 so the wood was cheap. I ripped the boards in half and laminated them together for the top. After planing and flattening it is around 4.5” thick. The same process was used for the legs and strechers. It is HEAVY! After I had it all together, I put all my weight into it and wasn’t able to move it…it is very solid.

The two hardest parts of building this were cutting the through mortises for the legs and flipping it over (built it upside down). It was the first time I ever cut through mortises and I definitely learned a lot about cutting them. I used a forstner bit to hog out most of the material (going half way, flipping over and going through the rest of the way). I then used a chisel and mallet to clean it up. My first one took me about 3 hours and I was able to do the following 3 in less than 2 hours.

I made one row of dog holes using a forstner bit to get it started and finished with a spade bit. I might add another row of them later on, but this will do for now.

I flattened the top by hand using a smoothing plane, jack plane and jointer plane.

I still need to add wood to the vise, but that won’t take long.

Overall, this was a great learning experience. I had a lot of trial and error, mistakes and a couple cut fingers (nothing more than surface cuts). I know I will build another workbench in the future and I look forward to it knowing what I know now. It was also a lot of fun!

-- -Will





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Northwest29

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#1 posted 09-14-2016 03:38 PM

Wow, really nice job. Wish my first workbench had turned out that nice.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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BurlyBob

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#2 posted 09-14-2016 03:54 PM

Good looking bench. I like that nice thick top.

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#3 posted 09-14-2016 04:07 PM

Great looking bench. Probably a silly question, but I ask those. What did you do to keep the drill straight for the dog holes?

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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HickWillis

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#4 posted 09-14-2016 04:23 PM



Great looking bench. Probably a silly question, but I ask those. What did you do to keep the drill straight for the dog holes?

- MilFlyer

I used my drill press to drill a nice, straight hold in a 3” thick block wood. I used that to guide the spade bit until it was past my guide block…the rest was just hoping it stayed straight until it got through. It seemed to work well, all the holes “work”

-- -Will

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Porchfish

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#5 posted 09-14-2016 07:01 PM

Now that’s what I call a good looking work bench ! Enjoy ….. you will, every time you go to your shop to start a project, you’ll be able to smile ! goodon’ya !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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theoldfart

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#6 posted 09-14-2016 07:28 PM

Solid looking bench Will. I love it when they just don’t move no matter how hard you plane. Again great job!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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HickWillis

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#7 posted 09-14-2016 07:31 PM



Now that s what I call a good looking work bench ! Enjoy ….. you will, every time you go to your shop to start a project, you ll be able to smile ! goodon ya !

- Porchfish

I went downstairs to my shop yesterday just to look at it!

-- -Will

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bobasaurus

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#8 posted 09-14-2016 09:37 PM

That’s a hefty bench that will be very useful, well done. Was it hard to keep the dog holes straight?

-- Allen, Colorado

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 09-14-2016 09:48 PM

Will, this is a great workbench and will be a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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htl

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#10 posted 09-14-2016 10:18 PM

Heavy duty and nicely done!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Mean_Dean

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#11 posted 09-14-2016 11:37 PM

Looks like a well-built and sturdy workbench—I’m sure you’ll get a lot of good use and satisfaction from it!

-- Dean

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HickWillis

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#12 posted 09-14-2016 11:45 PM



That s a hefty bench that will be very useful, well done. Was it hard to keep the dog holes straight?

- bobasaurus

I lined them on one of the boards and snapped a chalk line down the middle of it. I didn’t have a straight edge long enough so that worked. They might be a 64th or 32nd of an inch off but I can live with that.

-- -Will

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gsimon

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#13 posted 09-15-2016 01:04 AM

awesome bench!

-- Greg Simon

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woodcox

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#14 posted 09-15-2016 04:57 AM

That bench will work sir. Nice job.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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HickWillis

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#15 posted 09-15-2016 11:56 AM

If anyone is interested, I have more pictures of the build here: http://imgur.com/a/jeYmO

-- -Will

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