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Low-Dough, Rock-Solid Workbench

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Project by SouthpawCA posted 1383 days ago 4912 views 16 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





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SCOTSMAN

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#1 posted 1383 days ago

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

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 1383 days ago

I like it!

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

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RoundestRock

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#3 posted 1383 days ago

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!

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 1383 days ago

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…

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Broglea

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#5 posted 1383 days ago

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

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ND2ELK

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#6 posted 1383 days ago

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

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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RonPeters

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#7 posted 1383 days ago

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

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rweitz

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#8 posted 1383 days ago

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

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BTKS

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#9 posted 1383 days ago

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,
BTKS

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

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jockmike2

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#10 posted 1383 days ago

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 -

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truxton3

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#11 posted 1383 days ago

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!

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 1383 days ago

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

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Julio Alonso Diaz

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#13 posted 1383 days ago

simply beautyful, keep the good work up !!

-- El hombre que amo la madera. http://aulaflamingo.wordpress.com/

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GaryD

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#14 posted 1383 days ago

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

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Kent Shepherd

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#15 posted 1379 days ago

Really good job on the bench

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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