Basic Cheap Workbench

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Project by oldguy2 posted 03-05-2018 01:10 PM 1353 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At 65, I started years ago with a kitchen base unit as my workbench. later I built Norm Abrams bench because it had the features I thought I wanted. It was good until I got the classic looking bench in the extra pics. I had it for over 10 years and 3 shops. So it was a large top, a small tool well that I put boards in to make flush or remove. those dog holes did not line up with any vise , the drawer was large but hard to open. It was sturdy but to move it I had plastic coffee llds under the feet to slide on the concrete floors. I sold it for $100. In my blogs I am looking ahead to moving and a new bench is in my plans. This bench top I will keep and I made it 24 by 48 from maple strips in 3 parts then thru the planer. Then with biscuits to align the parts for the glue up. this is screwed to a 5/8 plywood I had as scrap and cut to size with a portable saw. The base is from a project in my list, small cheap workbench, with 2×2 frames for the 3 shelves,14×48, covered with extra osb I had. its even camo type (yuk). then 1 by 3 legs screwed at an L that I cut down to 31 inch and with the top 1.5 inch makes a good height ..32.5 inch..for my 5 ft 6 inch height. the shelf underneath is 14 inch wide and holds 2 plastic crate for portables and good width for extras. I moved the vise $14 from the other table and made a mistake, I prefer it on the left end but we will try it on the right for now. Those 2×4 feet are for stability, not pretty but it does not rock. All in all, cost if new 3 2×4, one 1×12, one 1×4, sheet of osb $8, and whatever for the top. From your miscellaneous pile, go for it. I hate to see the great reviews of the Harbor Freight bench it only looks good. Go buy a book or read up and build what suits you. Its a bench ready for work, not a fine furniture to put in the living room. Want to see a practical you can build. go on utube to the “new ultimate workbench” from the master woodworker. it is a simple bench not tons of frills but good ideas you can build or use in a woodworking bench.

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#1 posted 03-05-2018 05:36 PM

Neat bench.

I like to build my benches and stands that way they work better for what I am going to use them for and are not a “1 size fits all” .

Any bench that you make is going to suit your needs better than a pre-made one.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 03-05-2018 09:31 PM

This is a nice functional bench. You can always build a larger one as soon as you need it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 03-06-2018 12:37 AM

At noon I gave the top a coat of maple stain and that was just the touch it needed. later a coat of shellac to seal it off will be all it needs. I may or may not stain the legs, just for fun.

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#4 posted 03-06-2018 01:42 AM

Looks really nice and functional too!!! GREAT Job!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 03-06-2018 04:56 AM

Every shop needs a good sturdy work bench…...Sometimes more than one is needed…I have 5 in my shop…!!

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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#6 posted 03-06-2018 04:23 PM

Every shop needs a good sturdy work bench…...Sometimes more than one is needed…I have 5 in my shop…!!

- Rick Dennington

Very true. Now I just need more of a shop so I can have more benches. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 03-07-2018 03:29 PM

Looks good and sturdy. I think a workbench should be judged for how well it works for the user and not how fancy it is.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 03-11-2018 08:42 PM

Great. I will turn 65 this October, I will ask my wife for the wood to build one just like yours. Great design for a great table.

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