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Project by DrewM posted 08-22-2010 02:49 AM 3776 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got around to making myself a real woodworking bench. I spent a lot of time of researching designs on the internet and ended up making my own “hybrid” version of a bench. I was on a tight budget but still wanted the bench to be sturdy and last. All the wood is 3/4” plywood and 2x construction grade doug fir from HD. The vise is the large front vise from woodcraft. For now it only has a front vise and I left room for an end vise if I decide to add it at a later time. I still need to plan out the dog holes and cut them. The base is a three piece torsion box based on this design. And the top is 2×4’s laminated together covered with 3/16” hardboard and skirted with 2×6s. The overall dimensions of the bench are 36” tall, 26” wide, and 74” long. Total weight is around 250 lbs and is very sturdy. I included a picture of my three working hand planes, a 1920’s Union no.7, a new Woodriver no.5, and a type 11 Stanley no.4C.

-- Drew, Delaware





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swirt

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#1 posted 08-22-2010 02:57 AM

Nice looking bench Drew. I like the Bar feel with the stools tucked underneath ;)
My guess is the only thing you are going to swear about before too long is the vise chops made of pine. I only say this because I swear about the same thing. They are too soft to hold everything securely with way overtightening. I vow to swap them out for something harder as soon as some better wood appears before me.

The spot for the trash can is brilliant.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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blackcherry

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#2 posted 08-22-2010 02:59 AM

Nice work on your new workhorse and might i recommend a finish coat for your top…two coats sand and sealer and a paste wax top coat after the sealer has had time to cure. Its a nice top coat for hardboard tops….Blkcherry recommended….BC

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Matt Vredenburg

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#3 posted 08-22-2010 03:09 AM

Nice job Drew.

-- Matt, Arizona

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Robsshop

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#4 posted 08-22-2010 03:19 AM

Thats a impressive looking bench Drew. A many a projects will start their journey atop Your latest shop upgrade and with a solid design it will come in handy I am sure. I like the torsion box concept in the shop and having true flat work surfaces is always a plus. Are those bar stools multi-functional, I see a fridge there in the corner!!!(jus besure to put coasters down on that new,flat top)LOL. As always stay safe!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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BillyJ

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#5 posted 08-22-2010 03:43 AM

That is a great combination of materials. Putting hardboard on top is a great way to maintain the top. Great choice on the torsion construction, too. Very nice table – you’ll be very happy.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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Don2Laughs

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#6 posted 08-22-2010 04:06 AM

Very nice & clean design. I think you are on the right track with not adding everything at once. My bench started it’s life 7 years ago and is still evolving.
good job

-- Don in San Diego, Ca.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 08-22-2010 04:16 AM

Drew thats a nice workbench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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nordichomey

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#8 posted 08-22-2010 05:05 AM

Nice bench Drew! I have to laugh because I am just finishing a bench very close to this one. I based it on ths same design but also modified the top. I just got done doing the final sanding. I really like the torsion box base as it is absolutely rock solid… no shifting or movement. I will get some pictures posted when I am done.

Workbench 1.0.
http://www.workbenchdesign.net/index.html

-- nordichomey

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docholladay

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#9 posted 08-22-2010 05:43 AM

Nice bench. That looks well designed. I like the idea of designing so you can slip those stool under the bench. My shop stools are always in the way except when I am sitting on them. I need something like that.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Hallmark

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#10 posted 08-22-2010 06:59 AM

All your going to need, really nice looking bench on a budget.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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Splinterman

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#11 posted 08-22-2010 10:56 AM

Hey Drew,
Sweet design and nice finish…good job.

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mafe

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#12 posted 08-22-2010 12:55 PM

Nice bench you got now, and I can also get associations of a cold beer on those barstools.
You are ready for some woodworking now, and a garage party!
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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sawblade1

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#13 posted 08-22-2010 01:27 PM

Nice job on the workbench fully enjoyed seeing your work :)
Thanks for posting:)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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Goddahavefun

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#14 posted 08-22-2010 02:44 PM

Thats a great bench !! I need one of them !!! Looks solid & like the overlay of top so you dont have to lean over your work, good think’n !!

Well Done !!!

Enjoy work’n on it !!

Anthony

-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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Ken90712

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#15 posted 12-23-2010 12:57 PM

Well done looks solid!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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