Low-Dough, Rock-Solid Workbench

  • Advertise with us
Project by SouthpawCA posted 10-08-2010 08:50 PM 7328 views 18 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a workbench. I got tired of chasing my Workmate around the neighborhood when trying to do some simple hand planing. Or placing an old door on my tablesaw and if I had to cut something in the middle … $#@$%.

I looked at a number of workbench plans and even those fancy Roubo’s. OK, that was a bit much for my garage shop. I found this workbench in the June/July 2005 issue of Wood magazine. The title caught my eye: Low-Dough, Rock-Solid Workbench. COOL!!! Plus, in the same issue an article about beefing up a workbench. I was off and running.

I did substitute the construction 2x material for Poplar (there was a sale I couldn’t pass up), but that’s about it for the structural changes. I added a number of drawers and included my wife’s suggestion that the drawers open from both sides of the table. For a vise I included a B&D Workmate that I have. My bench dogs are synthetic wine corks. They work awesome. PLUS, I finally have a place to use the GripMaster I purchased over 30 years ago but never took out of the box. I converted the VHS instructions to DVD and was quite impressed with it’s versatility.

I can now use my hand planes and stay in one place – the thing dead flat and ROCK SOLID!!!

-- Don

19 comments so far

View SCOTSMAN's profile


5849 posts in 3580 days

#1 posted 10-08-2010 09:16 PM

Looks great kinda pretty for a workshop JUST like myself LOL and what I LIKE TO SEE very well done.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

View CharlieM1958's profile


16274 posts in 4213 days

#2 posted 10-08-2010 09:36 PM

I like it!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View RoundestRock's profile


49 posts in 2848 days

#3 posted 10-08-2010 09:39 PM

Those are great finger joints. I’m stealing your ‘both-sided-drawer’ idea too.

-- I only WISH I could do this for a living. Problem is I don't want to sell anything I make!

View Rick  Dennington's profile

Rick Dennington

5854 posts in 3189 days

#4 posted 10-09-2010 12:50 AM

Greetings Don,
Stellar job on the low-dough bench….I remember seeing that in Wood…..I think they said just to use a solid-core door? A lot of storage drawers is a good thing to have…I have them in my bench..Glad I do…

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

View Broglea's profile


685 posts in 3086 days

#5 posted 10-09-2010 12:53 AM

I think I should strongly consider going with something like this. Thanks for sharing.

View ND2ELK's profile


13495 posts in 3769 days

#6 posted 10-09-2010 01:59 AM

Good looking work bench. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

View RonPeters's profile


713 posts in 2875 days

#7 posted 10-09-2010 03:56 AM

Really nice bench! Love the hand made handles.

What kind of vice is that? I’ve never seen one like that.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

View rweitz's profile


116 posts in 3073 days

#8 posted 10-09-2010 07:21 AM

nice bench, looks like you spilled some of that wine on the workmake when you were taking out the corks though.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

View BTKS's profile


1986 posts in 3459 days

#9 posted 10-09-2010 10:06 AM

Superb. The Gripmaster you call it, I call it a Zyliss carving clamp. I couldn’t get by without it when I was moving a lot and no permenant work areas. I’ve even used it for a zeroing clamp while zeroing scopes on rifles. Oh, I really like the bench too. Lots of storage, really flat top and tough looking joints.
Keep up the good work,

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

View jockmike2's profile


10635 posts in 4241 days

#10 posted 10-09-2010 12:15 PM

Great looking bench, looks like it will hold up well to years of hard use. Nice job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

View truxton3's profile


9 posts in 2783 days

#11 posted 10-09-2010 01:34 PM

Very nice work bench and great idea to have the drawers open from both sides. I really like the drawer handles. I have a zyless vice also, that vice is as handy as a pocket on a shirt. Great job!

View helluvawreck's profile


31030 posts in 2861 days

#12 posted 10-09-2010 01:38 PM

That’s a very nice bench and it looks real solid. Good job.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View Hayabusa's profile


173 posts in 2875 days

#13 posted 10-09-2010 02:41 PM

simply beautyful, keep the good work up !!

View GaryD's profile (online now)


623 posts in 3364 days

#14 posted 10-09-2010 04:24 PM

Nice looking bench. I need me one of those. One thing though, I have one of those gripmasters that someone gave me but did not give me the instructin booklet. With your pictures I can al lest figure out how to put it on the bench. I need to look it up on the internet, now that you gave the name.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2718 posts in 3281 days

#15 posted 10-13-2010 03:13 PM

Really good job on the bench

Thanks for sharing


showing 1 through 15 of 19 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics