Work Bench

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Project by rstephenson posted 02-07-2010 09:04 AM 26310 views 12 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I would consider this my first real project. Let me tell you I learned a lot on this job. Here goes!

Got the plans from a plan from “Best Ever Woodwrking Jigs… etc.”.

Things to note:

  • I will NOT use spruce pine (thanks noknot) for the legs. (way too soft for my liking)
  • I WILL read up on wood data and make sure I do my homework from now on
  • I will NOT use the wettest wood I can find from Home Depot (lol) – had some bad warping (not entirely visible from pictures)
  • I WILL make table saw support tables as cutting a straight edge with a circular saw can be tricky (made a makeshift fence and it worked adequately)
  • I WILL rip off the rounded edges from dimensional lumber in projects I want to look decent… I questioned doing this at first, but I really like the look seeing the finished product. Plus, it gave me about 50’ worth of < 1/8” shims for my measuring mishaps. :)

The top is a solidcore hardwood door. There are approximately 50 [lbs] worth of pebbles in between the MDF shelf sheets. I didn’t think I could use a traditional ‘leveler’ setup on these legs as they are 2 2”x”4’s screwed together. So the ‘levelers’ on the feet are carpet anti-slip pads, folded in 4 layers, and held down by 4 “u” nails per foot (I am surprised that they work quite well).

Pretty basic, but decently solid and functional. Now it’s time to organize the shop around this bad boy!

EDIT Some more info: the 80” x 32” door is from Home Depot (had to ask for it) and was $54 new.

-- Howdy!

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#1 posted 02-07-2010 02:05 PM

Sounds like a good adventure.


What made you use these materials to make this bench?


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#2 posted 02-07-2010 02:17 PM

Looks like it will be pretty strong once you put tools under it there will be no movement that pink wood is spruce pine


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#3 posted 02-07-2010 02:49 PM

I built something similar …and sounds like found the same experiences you did…hey but we have to start somewhere right…Great job, and now you have a place to learn somemore.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#4 posted 02-07-2010 03:04 PM

Nice bench, I’m hoping to do something similar (but cheaper) today.

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#5 posted 02-07-2010 03:51 PM

the nice thing here is,you have a nice,clean,simpl, sturdy design that is inexspencive to build and will serve you well for many years.if it gets to hacked up,build a new one.very nice work

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#6 posted 02-07-2010 04:18 PM

Looks like it is going to be very steady for years to come. Nice Job.


-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#7 posted 02-07-2010 04:21 PM

Nice….looks real solid… was the door to work with?

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#8 posted 02-07-2010 04:23 PM

A good work bench to start your work.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 02-07-2010 04:28 PM

A fine looking bench well done

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 02-07-2010 05:51 PM

It’s hard to beat a solid workbench.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#11 posted 02-07-2010 05:53 PM

simple yet sturdy

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 02-07-2010 06:14 PM

Greetings: Stellar job on the bench. Now all you need is a couple of vices, some dog holes, and a bunch of drawers under the top, and you”ll have one heck of a workbench. Here’s an example:

-- " At my age, Happy Hour is a crap and a nap..."

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#13 posted 02-08-2010 12:38 AM

Cool bench. Nice work.


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#14 posted 02-08-2010 06:05 AM

Nice workbench.

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#15 posted 02-09-2010 12:23 AM

Where did you get your solid core door? I’m looking for one to serve the same purpose…

I learning about the same traits as you discovered in working with 2 by dimensional lumber from the Lowes or HD.

Nice job on your bench.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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