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Project by Alan posted 05-16-2010 12:42 AM 2336 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first real project that I’ve completed. It was quite a challenge to build a bench without a bench or table to help hold everything. I also have no machines, so my circular saw, router, and drill were all I used. There were a few crooked holes and slanted cuts along the way, but nothing a little frustration and a mallet couldn’t fix. I haven’t added a vise yet, but I’ve started my next project and using clamps instead of a vise is proving to be a challenge by itself as well as time consuming, so that’ll be the next addition. The plans for the bench came from Fine Woodworking. It was a good learning experience and a lot of fun. The pictures include the bench, a close-up of the double layer of 3/4 mdf that makes up the top, the 4×4 leg with 2×4 stretcher, my fancy pencil holder, surge protector connected to bench top, and lastly, my current clamp rack (just the leftover mdf from the top, propped against the wall).

Thanks for looking!

-Alan





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#1 posted 05-16-2010 12:46 AM

Looks like fun! Good job Allan.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 12:48 AM

Nice workbench.

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 01:02 AM

Good job.

FWIW – When I began woodworking many years ago I only had a circular saw, a jig saw, a router and a drill. I built some pretty decent stuff with those tools, including some adirondack chairs, a park bench and other outdoor furniture.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 05-16-2010 01:42 AM

Looks good and will give you lots of service over the years. Think how furniture was made with hand tools only.

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#5 posted 05-16-2010 04:00 AM

Nice bench I sometimes long to return to the days when all I had was a circ saw, router, a jig saw, and a drill Nah!!!!!! I’m Lying Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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#6 posted 05-16-2010 04:38 AM

It’ll definitely serve its purpose. Add another sheet of MDF across the bottom and you’ve got a lot more storage space.

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#7 posted 05-16-2010 02:20 PM

A vice is a must, I bought a cheep one and it works but it is not the smoothest of operators. Btu it gets the job done. Great job.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#8 posted 05-16-2010 04:45 PM

Good job Alan !
You’re rolling now !

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#9 posted 05-17-2010 02:53 AM

a good solid bench

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#10 posted 05-18-2010 01:41 AM

Thanks everybody for the nice comments. Ian – I did go ahead and added a shelf yesterday. My workspace is pretty small, so any little bit of storage possible is real helpful.

Thanks again all for the encouraging comments.

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