My first workbench

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Project by Jay20650 posted 04-01-2011 04:43 PM 2297 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first workbech, recently completed. It is cobbled together out of an old butcher block table, some old oak barn wood (which has beautiful grain), and a few new oak boards to for the strechers. I did as much work by hand as I could, flattening the top with hand planes, chopping the mortises by hand etc. While it isn’t perfect it was a great oportunity to learn new skills and get something usefull!

A few pictures of it coming together and a picture of it in place with tools in their slots.

Thinking of adding a cabinet underneath next for storage.


-- Jay,

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 05:01 PM

Great job.
Really nice looking. Use it well.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 05:06 PM

Very nice Jay! I especially like the mortise & tenon joinery. I’m jealous.

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 05:18 PM

Nice job Jay. I also think this will be your last, unless you build one for someone else.

-- Chris, Hubertus, WI

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#4 posted 04-01-2011 05:31 PM

Very nice. Looks very sturdy.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#5 posted 04-01-2011 07:10 PM

Looks just great. I’m sure it will last a lifetime and serve you well. Please let me know if you ever build a perfect one, lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 04-01-2011 09:28 PM

Nice job! I wish my first bench looked like that, it may not have ended up in the fire pit!! Lol

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#7 posted 04-01-2011 09:42 PM

I don’t know your definition of perfect, but it looks it from here! Great looking bench. I think you nailed it when you wrote,”it was a great oportunity to learn new skills and get something usefull!” That is the perfect project in my book.

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

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#8 posted 04-01-2011 11:06 PM

Verrrryyyyy Nice, Jay! Excellent work.

The nice, straight-grained material you used must have worked up well by hand, looks great. I also like the handplanes on the shelf above. Oh! And the Magic, Floating Cordless Drills!


Well done.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#9 posted 04-02-2011 01:08 AM

Nice workbench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 04-02-2011 01:12 AM

Nice job, looks great. Here are some suggestions on how to upgrade it.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#11 posted 04-02-2011 11:41 AM

very nice work on the bench

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

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#12 posted 04-03-2011 02:20 AM

Nice job! I hope that mine come out (close to) as good.


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#13 posted 06-17-2011 01:22 PM

Nice bench Jay ! Like someone else said I hope mine comes out that well.

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