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Project by PatesWoodshop posted 04-25-2017 02:10 PM 1412 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year ago I decided to get in to woodworking as a hobby. Over that time I’ve mostly been collecting tools, making mistakes and lots of sawdust. I own some lower end power tools which have their uses but I am really wanting to get more in to hand tool woodworking so I needed a woodworkers workbench.

The entire workbench is made from Southern Yellow Pine 2×10’s purchased at my local Lowe’s. I used the table saw to rip the 2×10’s down the center, otherwise this was made with hand tools (the 4 sections of the top were run through the planar before joining as well).

Working an hour here and an hour there, this took around 3 months to complete. There are a ton of mistakes but I think I have learned from them. I believe this bench will be functional to help me build much nicer things for some years to come. At this point it’s usable.

The top is a little over 4 inches thick. The legs are approximately 6×4 (3 2×4.5 laminated together). The legs have a through tenon that comes through the top. The design is a mix of Paul Sellers and Jay Bates (who based his design off of Paul’s). Overall dimensions are 36 in tall, 6 ft long and 2 ft wide.

For work holding I have a 9 inch quick release front vise, it’s essentially a copy of the old Record vice’s Paul Sellers uses. I have 3/4 bench dog holes every 6 inches 2 inches inset from either edge. The holes on both sides of the bench line up with one another so I can use a home made bench stop I made from a 1/4 in thick piece of hard maple. I also have a Veritas Wonder Dog that can be used with the bench dogs to clamp work pieces to the bench top. I’ve ordered a Veritas surface clamp as well that also uses 3/4 in dog holes. I’ll make a few dog holes in the face of the legs to clamp work to the front of the bench as well.

Compared to most on this site this is a rather crude attempt but I hope to use it to make much better projects in the future.

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I decided to coat the whole bench with Tung Oil and Paste Wax. I like how it turned out so I’ve updated the “finished” pics.

-- By "Woodshop" I mean my two car garage full of wood and tools. Do you do woodworking "unplugged"? Buddy me so I can see what you make





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 04-25-2017 02:40 PM

A nice workbench that will serve you well. The ugly gaps may not appeal to you but the important thing is to have it flat on top. Unevenness can lead to building things out of alignment and that causes more problems.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 04-25-2017 02:52 PM

Looks good … nice and sturdy. I look forward to what comes off that bench! You wrote,”Compared to most on this site this is a rather crude attempt … ”  Don’t give it a second thought … it’s a work bench, not a dining room table! You are going to beat it up … at least I hope so. Good job!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#3 posted 04-25-2017 05:06 PM

Nice job! Will serve you well.

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 04-25-2017 05:14 PM

Wow! That is a very nice workbench. It is plain to see that you have put some thought and a lot of workmanship into this nice bench. It will be a fine addition to your shop. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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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PatesWoodshop

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#5 posted 04-25-2017 05:32 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys. The whole woodworking hobby started because my wife wanted a new kitchen island from Ikea. Having never made anything from wood in my life at that point I exclaimed that the Ikea piece was crap and I could make something better for less money.

Here we are a year later and I’ve spent well past what the island was priced at and the Mrs. is getting impatient. My reasoning for building the workbench was to have something to be able to plane, chisel, bang on that can hold the work piece in place. Now that I have that, it looks like I know what my next project will be :)

-- By "Woodshop" I mean my two car garage full of wood and tools. Do you do woodworking "unplugged"? Buddy me so I can see what you make

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DDWW

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#6 posted 04-25-2017 06:38 PM

Good looking bench, I don’t tend to spend too much time on making shop furniture and fixtures look good. I get them basic and functional. I have flat surfaces on the sides of my miter saw I use for bench work but could always use a good bench. Its on my list to do, this size might be good.

I’m working on a table right now that is a request from my wife. It helps to justify the tools, though she is quite supportive anyway.

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#7 posted 04-25-2017 07:14 PM

That’s your first project?! WOW! I am so jealous! Great job man!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Frank

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#8 posted 04-25-2017 08:29 PM



Here we are a year later and I ve spent well past what the island was priced at and the Mrs. is getting impatient. My reasoning for building the workbench was to have something to be able to plane, chisel, bang on that can hold the work piece in place. Now that I have that, it looks like I know what my next project will be :)

- PatesWoodshop

I started the same way about 3 months ago. It’s a bed instead of a kitchen island, and it’s still pending.

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BenDupre

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#9 posted 04-25-2017 10:26 PM

Not crude at all. Very functional. I’m sure it’s solid as hell which is just what you want. Look great!

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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Combo Prof

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#10 posted 04-26-2017 01:58 AM

Looks good, but I would worry. It is so nice looking your impatient wife might move it into the kitchen for her island.
Put some dents in it right away!

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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Scott Oldre

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#11 posted 04-26-2017 03:23 AM

Nicely done. Looks like a tough no nonsense workbench that will give you years of use.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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steliart

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#12 posted 04-26-2017 12:29 PM

nice bench… very well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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PatesWoodshop

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#13 posted 04-26-2017 01:15 PM

You guys are awesome, I really appreciate all of the kind words.

This is my first real project to have completed. I’ve made some shelves and benches prior to this but those were all just screwing plywood and 2×4’s together. I’m no small guy and I have literally jumped on the top of this bench to see if it was sturdy.

As for being flat, I got to use my #8 Jointer to make the top as flat as possible. It’s not perfect as this top already has some dings and one good gouge where a nail that was sticking out of a board dug in. Once the top gets beat up enough I’ll plane it again and be good to go for another year or two.

Now let’s see if I can make some things on this bench.

-- By "Woodshop" I mean my two car garage full of wood and tools. Do you do woodworking "unplugged"? Buddy me so I can see what you make

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Just_Iain

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#14 posted 04-26-2017 02:11 PM

Looks great and I hope mine looks as good when I get done (still in design stage).

-- For those about to die, remember your bicycle helmet!

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Mikesawdust

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#15 posted 04-26-2017 02:24 PM

for hand tool work, this is actually a great bench. I made one from beech, but I don’t do too much hand tool work; good because beech will dull a tool that strikes it. I’m sure you will eventually find things you like and don’t like about this bench and lay plans for your next. Hopefully you will find another starting woodworker that will buy this one when you do. It looks like a solid bench that will last a couple of decades if it’s taken care of.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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