My Workbench

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Project by BreakingBoardom posted 02-01-2010 08:49 PM 2159 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the workbench from Fine Woodworking’s “Getting Started In Woodworking” series. It was a good first project cause it was fairly simple, yet showed me where some of my challenges were with a small shop and limited tools, and it also gives you a workbench when you’re finished which helps give me a place to build all future projects. Well, here it is.

And I just added another pic because I realized the other one was before I put in the lower shelf.

-- Matt -

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#1 posted 02-01-2010 08:53 PM

looks great!
that was my first bench as well. and it performed superbly.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 02-01-2010 09:06 PM

I built that same bench, with a top a full 10” longer than the plans call for, and I love it… I made the base out of Cedar (oops… WRONG answer there!). I may redo the base with SYP.

I noticed you laminated 2×4s to come up with the 4×4 they call for in the plan. How is that working out?

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#3 posted 02-01-2010 09:11 PM

dbhost: It may just be poor picture quality, but I actually did use 4×4’s for they legs. I didn’t have to laminate any together. And I just used Kiln Dried Douglas Fir since that’s what I had available. I did have trouble finding the tabletop fasteners at any of my local hardware stores, and didn’t feel like ordering any, so I used ones that were the same shape, but slightly smaller in size that were made for mirrors. I just used extra to make sure it’ll hold. Works fine though.

-- Matt -

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#4 posted 02-01-2010 11:11 PM

Nice looking workbench!

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#5 posted 02-01-2010 11:36 PM

Very nicely done. Looks like you’ll get years of use out of it!

-- -- Skee from MN

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#6 posted 02-02-2010 12:29 AM

Good looking bench, enjoy it.

-- AJJ, Eugene OR

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#7 posted 02-02-2010 04:04 AM

Good workbench Matt

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 02-02-2010 04:10 AM

Very nice workbench. You’ll get a lot of use out of it.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#9 posted 02-02-2010 07:17 AM

nice bench cant wait to see what great things pass its surface

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#10 posted 02-02-2010 08:56 AM

It was also my first bench, still going strong.

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