My workbench

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Project by Nils posted 2488 days ago 3412 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the supposedly ”$100 workbench in a weekend” from a Shop Notes article last year. It ended up costing about twice that, even at about half the size of the bench in the article, and built with redwood rather than hardwood. The original was 7 1/2 feet long and just under three feet deep. I modified all the dimensions so my bench is 4’ 4” by 2’ 4”, since it has to fit in my very small one car garage with a lot of other stuff. It’s built with redwood and MDF. After I finished it, I was able to find a good deal on a quick-release woodworker’s vise, and installed that as well. (The first picture shows the vise in the process of being installed – the jaws are poplar, which I’ll replace with a piece of maple I have since bought.)

I’m most proud of the “cloud lift” pattern I made on the end pieces of MDF – it was the first time I’d done pattern routing. (With my router I got for Christmas 2006.)

The bench has wheels attached to one set of legs that I can use by tilting up the other end. However, it’s so heavy that this is not really feasible (the top is four layers of MDF!) so my next workshop project is to add an additional set of wheels ala the ones Norm Abrams showed on a workbench project on a NYWS episode, where the wheels drop down when you lift the end of the bench and get locked down with some hinged pieces of wood. I haven’t quite figured out how to attach them yet, and they’ll probably hide my cloud lift, sadly.

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#1 posted 2488 days ago

Nice bench Nils. It should serve you well!

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 2488 days ago

looks good

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 2488 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments. It’s definitely already been an asset, and it was very satisfying to make, especially since I did so much customization on it.

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#4 posted 2488 days ago

Nicely done. Should last a long time.

-- Bob B - Warwick, Rhode Island

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#5 posted 2488 days ago

looks like a job well done. and very sturdy also.

-- bryano

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#6 posted 2488 days ago

Looks like a bench that is going to see a lot of good projects come off of it!


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#7 posted 2488 days ago

Really nice bench – should make life easier for some great projects.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 2488 days ago

Nice bench Nils

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 2487 days ago

When I first saw it I had wondered if you used red cedar. It’s very nice.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 2487 days ago

Smart looking bench. Good job.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 2487 days ago

Nice bench.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#12 posted 2487 days ago

Nice, heavy bench. I like the raised cloud design in between the legs.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#13 posted 2486 days ago

Very nice bench.

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#14 posted 2485 days ago

I love a good bench! Nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 2450 days ago

Nicely done! Excellent detail, and maybe some room below for storage?

-- Living on the square...

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