Paul Sellers inspired work bench

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Project by zjll posted 05-30-2018 09:56 PM 1604 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the final stage of building Paul Sellers inspired work bench. Added a small tail end vise, otherwise followed Paul’s videos. Cheap wood from Home Depot for the top and legs, the aprons were made from 8/4 Poplar that I had. Not everything came out perfect, but as all my project, it was a learning experience. And a great excuse to justify my frequent trips to hardware stores as well as browsing through the Ebay website. Most of it done with hand tools, though I cheated a few time using my table saw. It’s not the prettiest thing, but rock solid and darn heavy :) I just applied a first coat of Tung oil today, a couple more and it’ll be ready for use. (Can’t wait for the retirement, work just takes away too much time from fun :)

-- ZJ

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#1 posted 05-30-2018 11:17 PM

Nice job. That bench is on my bucket list.

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#2 posted 05-31-2018 12:19 AM

Yes, nice work, zjll. I watch Sellers’ videos regularly and thought his take on the workbench was quite interesting. I’ve for years used a bench with a narrow benchtop and a full length trough like that. I made a couple of “u” shaped 1/2” plywood pieces (16”-18” long) that set perfectly into the trough to allow for easily movable top extensions. They’re also good for stashing tools like chisels I don’t want things falling onto.

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#3 posted 05-31-2018 01:19 AM

Thank you for the kind words. This was my first attempt to make a bench. The idea of covering the trough is interesting. I might try that to have an option of a larger continuous top.

-- ZJ

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#4 posted 05-31-2018 03:23 AM

Very nice work, I am a power tool guy who is addicted to Paul’s videos. You should send him a picture, I think he would be very proud

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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#5 posted 05-31-2018 04:30 AM

Thank you for the compliment. I am slowly transitioning to the hand tools. Quite an adventure for an old guy who doesn’t have 30 years to practice his skills :) Though it makes my weekend dust making in my garage more relaxing and much more quiet.

-- ZJ

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#6 posted 05-31-2018 12:45 PM


I have completed mine last summer following the old 2012 videos.
My only regret is not having it done a few years sooner. It it soooo… much better than a workmate.
Yours looks better then mine (which is nevertheless perfectly functional).

About bridging the tool well. (never seen used in his video)

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#7 posted 05-31-2018 01:35 PM

Thanks Sylvain, I think it is a good design, being sturdy and functional without the need for a lot of money and advanced skills, neither of which I possess.

-- ZJ

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#8 posted 05-31-2018 03:03 PM

This is a very nice workbench and will be a wonderful addition to your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 05-31-2018 10:45 PM

I’ve become an advocate of Mr. Sellers’ work and his video “outreach” program. His passion for making and for the use of hand tolls is contagious.

Your bench looks fine and will provide a lifetime (or perhaps more) of use.

I am planning on moving in a couple of years and waiting to build my bench then … if I can wait that long. ;-)

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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