Finally A Real Workbench!

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Project by wookie posted 01-31-2011 01:18 AM 3448 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I finally got some time and build a new workbench/assembly table. I was inspired by Carlos Calderon’s video on YouTube. Thank you, Carlos. It is made from 2×4s and the top is a solid wood core door with birch veneer.
Got that idea on Jocks. I’ll have to say that it is heavy, solid, and square. I am happy about going that route.

Applied a couple coats of Minwax Polycrylic. First time using the product, it went on easy and dries quickly even

this lovely cold spell we are having here in central IL. I know over time the top will get bunged so I can always overlay some hardboard or something. The bench took about 6 hours or so to construct but the drawers, that’s another story! Everything came to a grinding stop. I first tried to make the case out of 3/4’’ plywood from Menards. Besides the fact it was bowed, I sized the case wrong(UGH!). Well anyhow, making along story short,
I tore it down and made another out of 3/4 MDF. It is a perfect 3/4’’ thick to make my math calculations easier.
Math is not my strong suit

Drawers are made from 1/2’’ birch ply and 100# full extension glides. Added front vise, that is going to be handy. The project is a little rude and crude but that’s to be expected considering the source, me! I learned a lot and want to build some more shop furniture for experience then bring it into the house. Thanks for takin’ a look, Jack.

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 01:30 AM

very nice work, i need to build a shop bench/assembly table myself but need to make the space first.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 01:30 AM

nice bench… very functional. Thehe first thing I noticed… pretty shinny top that will get beat up if properly used. I used the flat solid core door for my bench and put the white (melamine?) covered hardboard over it… That made the top a bit too slick, stuff moves around, but I will leave it until it needs replaced. The white reflects light and gives me a huge note pad. Easy to clean, too.

Well done.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 01:34 AM

That is a nice bench. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 01:46 AM

That’s SWEET!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 01:47 AM

Thanks guys.

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 01:51 AM

Nice work. I’m sure it will a pleasure to work on…and get those first couple good dings in. ;~)

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 02:01 AM

Nice post pics of its first ballte wound! Should last forever.

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

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#8 posted 01-31-2011 02:36 AM

Nice work! Are you planning on putting dog holes in it? If I’m not mistaken, I believe that a solid core door is made up of particle board as it’s core, which could be a real downside to using a door as a table top. Hope you don’t mind the critique. I learn more from a slap on the head then a pat on the back.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#9 posted 01-31-2011 03:17 AM

Nice bench, My shop has yet to see one.. Yours turned out very good.

thanks for sharing

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

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#10 posted 01-31-2011 03:26 AM

Nice looking workbench.

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#11 posted 01-31-2011 03:52 AM

Kevin, I did not plan on any dog holes maybe figure out something in the future. My motto seems to be, “The only way to learn is the hard way’’ lol. Comments, suggestions are always welcome here.

Thanks Beginning, I am doing a lot of organizing in the”shop” (garage). I inheirited a bunch of stuff. Father-in-law went into an independing living place. He really had to downsize. Thanks everyone.

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#12 posted 01-31-2011 04:29 AM

Nice use of space to provide storage and a big assembly surface.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#13 posted 01-31-2011 04:29 AM

Cool bench for sure. How about a link or something to that video you were speaking about?

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

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#14 posted 01-31-2011 07:57 AM

GREAT job! You can always make modifications as you need to / gain experience. Can’t wait to see what rolls off this bench. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#15 posted 01-31-2011 08:27 AM

Good job! Now it’s time to put some scuffs and nicks in that pretty top. Keep up the good work, BTKS

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

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