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Project by woodzy posted 01-26-2011 09:05 AM 3543 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was basically working on a piece of 3/4” plywood clamped to 2 steel saw horses. The good ole’ floor and an old 36” x 36” baking table. Which i cant complain about its a really useful small bench that i added some locking wheels to.

So i decided that if I was going to make anything worth a lick i would need a good workbench.

I did as much hand work as i could during the construction of the bench.

I have intentions on adding a chest of drawers, an hardwood top, and a proper vise or 2. All which would add much needed weight

I am relatively new to the whole process of completing a wood project and this being my first large project i was shocked at what a few coats of stain will bring out of a piece.

I know this is a duh moment for most of you but i was amazed.

I also learned an important lessons regarding properly preparing wood for a finish. There are many unsightly visible glue spots and drips which i should have taken care of better.

I used a top that was given to me by a friend. I don’t know what it is exactly but it weighs 125 lbs. and is very chip/ding an dent resistant. it is around 58” long and has virtually no sag or dip in the middle which is currently unsupported.

-- Anthony

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 09:30 AM

Nice looking bench there.

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 02:03 PM

Good deal with that bench, and nice looking hand tool work. I would still put some supports uner the table top because eventually you will have something heavy enough on there to bow it.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#3 posted 01-26-2011 04:10 PM

This is a great start!!
We all learn as we go. I agree to more middle support for the top. Keep up the good work and please post when you do the upgrade such as cabinet and new top.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#4 posted 01-26-2011 05:25 PM

Nice looking base. Can’t wait to see the top finished and mounted.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#5 posted 01-26-2011 10:08 PM

Great job on the base. Looking forward to seeing the workbench additions..

Thanks for sharing.

And BTW: Welcome to Lumberjocks ! Lots of great ideas, info, inspiration, and support here (as many will tell ya – the site is quite addictive).. Enjoy…

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#6 posted 01-26-2011 11:05 PM

Stain can have a big effect, but for a really “wow” moment see the change in the appearance of a highly figured and well-sanded (or planed) piece of wood when you put a clear finish on it.

-- Dominic P.- Duxbury MA

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 05:10 AM

That’s a great approach. Build something to help you build other things. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and be sure to learn from them. You can sure get a lot of use out of that bench. Hope you keep participating in LJ.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#8 posted 02-03-2011 12:20 AM

Nice looking workbench.

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#9 posted 02-03-2011 12:35 AM

the stain really does put the ‘wow’ effect in this workbench, it’s amazing how much of a difference a little stain can do.

great base construction on the workbench!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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