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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 10-11-2010 11:20 PM 2564 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine needed a workbench, I had the time and here is the result.

Construction:
Cedar 4” x 4” legs.
Fir 2” x 4”s for aprons.
Top is made from 2 – 3/4” pieces of 22 1/4” by 74” MDF. Wrapped with 3/4” oak on the edges with a bevel cut. Shelf is 3/4” MDF.
Table is 36” tall.
4 swivel locking wheels to make it easy to move.
The 2×4” are dadoed into the 4×4”s with mitered end so it looks half decent.
Base is 20” wide x 5’ long.
Top is 24” x 74”.

This thing is heavy and very sturdy. Thank goodness it has wheels.

Not sure how she plans to finish it but this is a nice project taking about 6 hours to build.

Bob A in NJ Oct 11, 2010

Here’s a link to my workbench without the issue of the wheels providing some wiggle in them. In this bench, the wheels raise up and down via the outrigger system.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/32764

-- Bob A in NJ





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 11:22 PM

Very solid and goodlooking work bench. Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 10-11-2010 11:29 PM

Can’t have too much horizontal space in the shop! Looks like a nice build.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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scrapwood

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#3 posted 10-12-2010 12:25 AM

Nice work bench and lucky freind,how well do the wheels lock i have ideas for similar projects on wheels and looking for somthime solid stability when in the locked position.

-- I do not fail I suceed in finding what dosn't work! (Christopher Titus)

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 10-12-2010 01:19 AM

Scrapwood.

The table will still shake if sawing with a handsaw. To fix this problem, see my workbench upgrades and then to the link for my bench.

Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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Hacksaw007

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#5 posted 10-12-2010 01:32 AM

You are the man Bob!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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StevenAntonucci

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#6 posted 10-12-2010 02:02 AM

Is that here at the lake?

-- Steven

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#7 posted 10-12-2010 02:40 AM

Great bench Bob!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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dfdye

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#8 posted 10-12-2010 05:20 AM

I am sure this will be a great bench for power tool use, craft use, or as an assembly table, but Bob’s comment, while a little forward, was dead on. I am not sure it will have the mass, and I know the casters will not allow it to be stable for aggressive hand plane use. Still, if the user only plans to use it with power tools or for a general purpose bench (and not a woodworking bench) it should do just fine.

I am sure this particular bench was built for its intended use, but it does not appear to be sufficient for hand tool use. If you are on this project looking for a woodworking bench design, I would recommend Chris Schwarz’s “Workbenches: From Design and Theory to Construction and Use” as a great reference to get started in the right direction to build a quality woodworking bench.

-- David from Indiana --

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#9 posted 10-12-2010 05:33 AM

Thats a nice workbench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 10-12-2010 05:56 AM

It looks good, it looks sturdy and I bet it was fun to build. Nice job…I bet it is a heavy son of a gun!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#11 posted 10-12-2010 06:16 AM

Nice looking bench. I need to build one.

-- Ollie

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 10-12-2010 04:14 PM

Nice job, Bob.

Lee

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Bob A in NJ

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#13 posted 10-12-2010 07:29 PM

Dave,
Yes, for sure, this bench is for general and assembly work, not sawing or hand planing. The wheels, even when locked, have a little wiggle in them. That’s why I called it a utility bench.

If you click on the link, for the bench I built for myself, it has wheels, but they raise up and solve this issue very nicely.

Thanks for looking and for the comments.

-- Bob A in NJ

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scrapwood

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#14 posted 10-13-2010 02:54 AM

Thanks for the info Bob i have some castors just for that job.

-- I do not fail I suceed in finding what dosn't work! (Christopher Titus)

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dfdye

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#15 posted 10-13-2010 06:18 AM

Bob,

Thanks for the clarification—I was pretty sure that was the case. It looks like a perfect fit for its intended purpose!

I did glance at your other workbenches, and the oak bench definitely looks more sturdy than this one! :)

Thanks for sharing!

-- David from Indiana --

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