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Outfeed workbench – under $150

I had hoped to keep this bench under $100 but I think maybe I’m just too cheap! The main portion of the cabinet is made from lab cabinets we picked up from UW surplus sales.

Across the top portion are three drawer sections which were originally 5”H x 24”W x 28”D. I cut 6” off the left end of each which had an electrical outlet wired to the left of the drawer.

The lower portion is made from three 5-drawer lab cabinets 28”D x 18”W x 29”H. The drawers were only about 18” deep and the back side of the cabinet was open. I did numerous modifications to make the bench more usable.

 cut off the toe kick
 removed the divider/dust shields between the four bottom drawers on each cabinet to make them into two taller drawers
 built a face frame on the back side of each cabinet and installed a shelf and door
 replaced drawer fronts

I then joined them in opposite directions to have drawers on either side of the cabinet. The top cabinets weren’t the exact dimensions of the lower cabinets after modifications so I extended two sides with oak.

DRAWERS
I used the smaller drawers to make the deeper drawers by cutting out the bottom in one, sanding top and bottom flat, then gluing them together. They aren’t great, but I didn’t need to spend extra money on them.

The original drawers were made using wooden bottom slides with plastic guides. I replaced the slides on the larger drawers with inexpensive bottom mount metal slides (which required modifying the drawer width at the bottom to accommodate the hardware). Since I had to make doors for the shelf openings and drawer fronts for the larger drawers, I replaced the other six drawer fronts as well.

TOP
The top is made out of 1-1/8” MDF (which I inquired about here). By gluing and screwing wooden brackets to the underside while I had the MDF clamped with cauls, I was able to get the top dead flat after screwing them down in between the drawers. (I really had my doubts, but it is still holding together after a month.) I inquired of a friend who is a project manager for a large construction firm nearby if she knew where I might get a piece of affordable, less-than-perfect laminate for my workbench. She got me a perfect piece at no charge! You can’t beat that!

Since the drawers do not extend to the back of the cabinet, I was able to cut out an opening for my bench vise. I reinforced the edge of the top with about 1½” thick oak, before biscuiting and gluing on the birch trim.

One end of the birch trim has a T-track added to line up with another T-track below for clamping vertical pieces, (an economy end vise).

Across the underside of the bench I used two 2” x 3” pieces as stiffeners which have leg levelers inserted in them. The bench moves on 3” swiveling, locking casters. I may never need the leg levelers but if it gets moved where the floor is less even, I thought they might be helpful.

Here’s a breakdown of my expense:
 3 5-drawer lab cabinets . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$60.00
 7” woodworker’s bench vise . . . . . . . . . . . 36.91
 6 pr. 18” bottom-mount drawer glides . . . . 16.02
 4 casters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.62
 2 section of T-track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.11
 49”x97”x1-1/8” MDF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.00
 3 1-drawer, 1-duplex lab cabinets . . . . . . . . 2.50
 2”x6”x8’ oak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.00
 6 door hinges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.58
 4 ¼” lag screws for mounting vise . . . . . . . . 0.96
 4 leg levelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.60
 4 inserts for leg levelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.20
 32” x 57” laminate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/C
 stain and varnish (left-overs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/C
 15 drawer/door handles . . . . . . . . . . . . . recycled
 oak for door and drawer fronts . . . . . . . . recycled
 ¼” and ¾” plywood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .recycled
 2”x3” stiffeners on bottom . . . . . . . . . . . recycled
 birch top edge trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . recycled
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GRAND TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$148.50

It should be pretty obvious from the prices that I never buy anything that isn’t on sale! It’s not fine furniture, but I think it will fulfill its purpose very nicely.

This project seemed to take forever, but uploading the photos using dial-up seemed to take nearly as long. ;-)

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.





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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1609 days ago

Nice workbench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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dfdye

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#2 posted 1609 days ago

I really like the re-use of the cabinets. Nice project.

-- David from Indiana --

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scarpenter002

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#3 posted 1609 days ago

Nice job. Always wonderful when you can make a useful shop fixture and even better when it is made from recycled or left overs from other projects.

-- Scott in Texas

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Eagle1

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#4 posted 1609 days ago

Nice job there..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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PawPawTex

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#5 posted 1609 days ago

Very nice workbench indeed! You sure can find the bargains on materials. Think I might have to have you do my buying for me in the future! LOL Have a good one!

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woodworm

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#6 posted 1609 days ago

For outfeed purpose, it’s indeed very nice bench, strong sturdy for worlkbench too.
Great work.

And (as it is for your own use) the actual cost spent against your budget is not too bad. For commission work, 10 to 15 percent material cost mark-up is no longer safe nowadays. I have had experienced once when I forcasted 10pc market price increase, I actually spent 20pc more and just managed to break even plus my labour paid off.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 1609 days ago

That is a very good workbench. It seems like you put a lot ow work into getting it personalized.
You can never have too many workbenches…I now have 6 that I built..all but one are 2×4’s and 3/4” birch ply.

I saw a used cabinet for sale recently at a habitat for humanity store that had 12 drawers and looked like it would make a great workbench and storage. Unfortunately their price was more than I thought it was worth $300…especially since it did not have a top.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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mikethetermite

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#8 posted 1609 days ago

Really nice looking workbench for under $150. Any time we can recycle is a plus.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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jm82435

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#9 posted 1609 days ago

Nice bench. especially for the price!

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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gjd

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#10 posted 1609 days ago

Nice project and an excellent description. The SWAP shop is one of my favorite places to shop, as well as the Monona Restore. Saving money and getting a product that fits our needs is what got a lot of us into woodworking.
Take Care.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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bigike

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#11 posted 1609 days ago

great work! looks very sturdy.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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ND2ELK

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#12 posted 1609 days ago

Nice job and very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Woodwrecker

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#13 posted 1609 days ago

Came out Great!
Smart use for the old materials.

-- Having fun...Eric

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Rick Dennington

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#14 posted 1609 days ago

Greetings lwll: Stellar job on the cabinets….stellar….Great use of re-cycled materials. It’s amazing what you can do if you put your brain to working…I wouldn’t know about that, though…..lol. My mind sleeps alot.
One thing I do know——you can never have enough work tables and benches…. I have 6 that I built… never enough storage, either. Both are a necessity in a woodshop…... keep on keeping on….... later.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Dennisgrosen

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#15 posted 1609 days ago

niice bench
great reuse of meterial
well done

Dennis

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