"knock-down" work bench

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Project by larryw posted 03-09-2011 05:37 AM 7045 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and built this workbench to be disassembled for moving. Having a small work-space at the present time, I wanted an easy way to relocate it when I get a larger space to work in. Strictly speaking this bench is not the “classic” woodworkers bench, eventhough there is a front- mounted vise. There is no large end-mounted vise and no dog holes. It will eventually become just an assembly table, because I intend to build a fully appointed, solid hardwood woodworkers bench, but for now it works just fine for me. I built it from #1 grade yellow pine lumber for the core of the legs and the stretchers,and cased it in poplar.It’s bolted together with large carrage bolts,and slot-head machine screws. The machine screws thread into flush mounted “T” nuts in the leg assemblies, and attach the stretchers to the legs. The top is just three thicknesses of 3/4’’ yellow pine construction grade plywood laminated together and 1/4’’ birch plywood laminated to the top and bottom, with 3/4” poplar for the edging. The Lag bolts you see on the underside of the top do not need to be removed for disassembly of the bench, they can remain attached , as these simply hold the cross members in place, although it would make removing the top off of the leg assemblies a little easier, as this would reduce the weight a little.It’s surprisingly sturdy. The dimensions are 34”x60”x36 1/2” high.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 05:45 AM

Nice job!

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 06:36 AM

A work bench it looks like to me. Great job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 06:56 AM

Smart idea and a smart looking work bench. Well done!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 08:54 AM

nice bench, well made

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#5 posted 03-09-2011 10:27 AM

that looks like a sturdy horse of a workbench, good job

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 11:40 AM

Well done, very clean looking.

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

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#7 posted 03-09-2011 02:59 PM

I guess I’m not the only one that brings a project into the house to put a finish on it :-) Nice table Larry

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#8 posted 03-09-2011 03:17 PM

nice n stout. great assembly table

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 03-09-2011 04:05 PM

Great design and assembly!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#10 posted 03-09-2011 05:39 PM

That’s really nice, Larry. You just made it too pretty! I’d be reluctant to do any pounding or gluing on it. LOL :) Joking aside, you did a great job!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 03-09-2011 09:49 PM

now the fun starts Larry, you know messing it up a bit to look like a “real” bench LOL
Nice job :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 03-10-2011 03:31 PM

nice bench. i would imagine it don’t knock down all that easy with all the bolts in it though.

looks good and sturdy!

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#13 posted 03-10-2011 05:37 PM

That’s a wonderful looking bench that looks to be real sturdy, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#14 posted 03-12-2011 04:34 AM

Cool workbench.

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