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Project by wayneo posted 1390 days ago 3303 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this hobby just over a year ago in my carport using a very lightweight (and dangerous) 15 year old craftsman table saw with the original blade in it. After our recent move I actually am able to have a real shop set up in my garage. My first bench was one I bought from Harbor Freight that you can see in the background, but it was obvious I needed something more substantial. I upgraded saws substantially to a new Jet JPS-10 with a cast iron surface and I purchased some good blades. That left me little cash to buy a proper workbench and some wood to feed my hobby so I decided to build a bench. It needed to be cheap, heavy, and flat. I downloaded plans from woodsmith.com and thank you guys, because they were free. The bench is finished and I am happy with it. It is 7 feet wide, very heavy, and doesn’t wobble from bumping into it. I have not added a vise yet but that is definitely next on my ever growing wishlist.

-- Wayne , Phoenix Arizona





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wayneo

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#1 posted 1390 days ago

Deke,

It is 4 layers of 3/4 mdf, lots of glue, and the layers were “clamped” to each other one at a time with screws. The pegboard is my own .02 worth of idea because I could always use more storage (more room for new tools?) I spent several years serving aboard ships in the Navy and as I am sure you other sailors out there will affirm, every possible nook, cranny, and square inch is used aboard a ship.

-- Wayne , Phoenix Arizona

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Kenshu

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#2 posted 1390 days ago

Wayne,

I just finished building this bench myself and I also love it. One thing I did differently was to add a layer of 1/4” hardboard on the top that I can replace when it becomes too damaged to be serviceable. I have ordered the Shop Fox D2525 9-Inch Quick Release Wood Vise from Amazon for 75.00 plus about 20.00 in shipping. Not sure if this is the kind of vise your looking for but it seems an affordable option.

-- The second mouse gets the cheese.

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Dan

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#3 posted 1390 days ago

I also built a bench like this from woodsmith and I continue adding and updating to it. Some bench dog holes would make a great addition with or without a vice.

Looks good!

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 1390 days ago

Cool bench Wayne I’m glad you shop is coming along so well.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Manitario

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#5 posted 1390 days ago

Looks good Wayne, that bench will last you for a lifetime. I’m impressed with the 4 sheets of 3/4 MDF for the top; it must weigh a ton, but I bet it is almost indestructable!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 1389 days ago

Nothing beats flat and solid. You got that! The overhangs are invaluable for clamping, good job there. Have fun and make some sawdust.

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

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#7 posted 1376 days ago

I built the same work bench cant believe how sturdy it came out.

-- Paul

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#8 posted 1035 days ago

thanks for the comments and feedback. After one year of service I can happily say that I am very happy with this bench. I see a lot of very beautiful European benches out there that I would love to have but decided that workbenches are much like exotic cars; love to look at a sexy Ferrari but my budget keeps me in an old Ford.

The bench top is still rock solid and the 7 foot length is sufficient for most assemblies. I added a TV and surround sound system to the shop and with the addition of a few bar stools it is the perfect place for drinks/cigars and watching football on Sundays.

I have added on onboard air compressor for my brad nailer, the Porter-Cable fits underneath and I added a ten dollar garden hose holder on the end of the bench which keeps my air hose neatly stowed and holds misc items like air nozzles and brads inside too. I also attached an electric strip on the side of the bench for plugging in hand help power tools.

I have also learned that a good vise is a must and am currently looking for one, anyone have any suggestions?

-- Wayne , Phoenix Arizona

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#9 posted 917 days ago

Wayne, great looking bench and glad to hear it’s holding up to use. I’m getting back into woodworking and have set my sights on building this bench.

How did you finish your bench?

As to a vice, I got a Jorgensen 41012 sitting in my garage, ready for a bench. I’m hoping it isn’t “too big” – if such a thing can actually exist.

-- Jim, Cave Creek AZ

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