My new workbenches

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These are my recently completed basement workshop benches.

I made them my height, that is, they’re too short for normal humans (I’m 5’5”), and it is SO nice to have a bench that isn’t too tall for me. I do a lot of sitting down carving work as well and it is even nicer to have a bench that is the right height. Plus, as a hand tool junkie, I can put my body into hand planing rather than just my arms.

The benches are made using a dozen frames of 2×4 squares, each one through mortise and tenon’d together, and then thru bolted. The backs of each frame is screwed into a wall stud and the base is secured to the floor with liquid nails. Thereafter I laid 3 2×6s across the tops of the frames and on top of that 2 sheets of 3/4” plywood glued together. The tops are 1” thick solid laminated beech purchased from IKEA. The edges are framed in 2×4” white oak, with a curly maple backsplash. The drawers are made from 1/2 plywood with solid cherry fronts.

These benches are ROCK solid.

-- Just another woodworker

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#1 posted 12-07-2007 02:23 PM

Oooooh my, is that nice! And, unlike mine, you can still see the top.

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#2 posted 12-07-2007 02:25 PM

Very nice….......I’m green with envy !

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 12-07-2007 02:35 PM

That is a really nice bench. Lots of work space, and it’s made like it belongs in a fine kitchen. Nice work.


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#4 posted 12-07-2007 02:44 PM

Beautiful and solid. Archeologists will probably dig these up in a thousand years and wonder what manner of man was this.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#5 posted 12-07-2007 03:46 PM

Very nice. I also have been eyeing that IKEA beech top. Hard to pass it up.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 12-07-2007 04:00 PM

That’s a really nice setup. Nice find on the Ikea benches.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 12-07-2007 04:33 PM

My kind of benches. That is some floor for a wood shop. Well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 12-07-2007 06:11 PM

Wow! Niiiiice!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess they ARE rock-solid. They must weigh as much as a Sherman tank.

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

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#9 posted 12-07-2007 06:16 PM

Great looking benchs! Too pretty to use… almost.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 12-07-2007 07:07 PM

Great arrangement, and TONS of working space. I love it. Load them up with crap on top and then they will be real workbenches.

Very nice, and it seems like you did it economically. Very good.

-- Happy woodworking!

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John Gray

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#11 posted 12-07-2007 10:48 PM

Really really nice!!!! Could you post more pictures so we can see below the long side of it?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#12 posted 12-08-2007 12:22 AM

And why isn’t that in MY SHOP? hmmmm?

Really nice!!!!


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#13 posted 12-08-2007 01:44 AM

Wow what a really nice job. I am going to build my own workbench here in a few weeks and I am going to think about the height now. I am 6’5” so i think it will be nice to bring it up a bit. Really nice project!!!!

-- The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy of life lies in not having goals to reach for.

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#14 posted 12-08-2007 03:31 AM

I know what I what for christmas . . . a bench just like that . . . only a little taller, I’m 6’2” :-)
Excellent work!!!

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#15 posted 12-08-2007 08:22 PM

Looks like a great set-up! Nice work!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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