My workbench

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Project by SoCalDJ posted 07-24-2011 08:16 AM 4273 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first major project.

I was given a gift from my mom for Christmas of a workbench, she was going to buy me one. That’s when I decided shoot why not make my own and buy the tools needed and save a few bucks and get some new tools out of it!

This was build out of 2×4 lumber from Lowe’s. This was before I even knew what hardwood was! Of course I learned as I was going but this really started it for me.

The goal was to create something that I could use for all our home remodeling projects, and to “get those tools out of my kitchen island drawer!” -My better half

It’s not pretty, and given the opportunity I’d defiantly do some things different but it’s functional for now and accomplishes what I need. Tool storage, and a place to work on projects.

It’s not 100% dead flat, but the best part of this workbench is that I can remove the top (It’s connected via 1” dowels underneath, without glue). That way once I have limitations because of this bench, I can make a laminated maple top and toss it up there in similar fashion!

Given that I had no jointer, no planer, no table saw, nothing but a miter saw and a router I thin this was a pretty good accomplishment!

As I said it’s 100% pine 2×4, and 4×4 from Lowe’s. And I went with a ready to go Formby’s Tung Oil Finish. 4-5 coats if I remember correctly.

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David Grimes

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#1 posted 07-24-2011 08:39 AM

Nice workbench. You are not the only person with a pine bench, I assure you.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#2 posted 07-24-2011 11:16 AM

I’d rather have a pine bench than no bench. It looks great! I like the way you’ve made the top.

What’s more, I’m pretty sure your Mom couldn’t have bought you one as nice or with such a good story attached.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#3 posted 07-24-2011 12:03 PM

You’ve made a great bench with the tools and wood you had access to. I’ve got a sawmill and access to as much maple lumber as I can cut, but I still make benches for my tools using a table just like the one you made. After you make a maple wookbench, this bench would work great as a base for your tools. I mounted all my small tools, (router table, grinder, bench sander, etc) to 3/4” plywood sheets and clamp the one I’m using to my pine slab workbench to use them. I’ve built a couple of pine slab benches to hold my wood lathes too. When I get a bigger shop, I’ll build a support table for each of my tools. I’m sure you’ll find a lot of uses for your bench.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 07-24-2011 03:32 PM

I love it! It will serve you well!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#5 posted 07-24-2011 03:46 PM

Mine’s Doug Fir, from the Depot, so … nothing wrong with your choice of woods.

If you have any interest in building cases—stuff that has to be square—in the future, you may find it worth your while to flatten the top, at some point.

There are several ways to do it, but—if you’re just getting started—finding a cabinet shop with a “wide belt sander” who will flatten it for a few bucks might be the easiest way.

Meanwhile, great job !

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 07-24-2011 06:24 PM


I’ve noticed jane only downside is I’ve already got hammer marks and scratches on the top because it’s such a soft wood, but I’m very happy with it! Especially since it’s so big (8’x4’) I can do multiple things up on it at one time!

Down the road I’ll probably either flatten the top or rebuild out of maple. I don’t know how I’d get the top to a cabinet shop since I only have two sedans….lol!

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#7 posted 07-24-2011 07:32 PM

great job! instaed of making from scratch later,you could just cover the top with somthing like MDF to be flat for assembly purposes when needed

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#8 posted 07-26-2011 03:35 AM

great job. Made a monsterbenchmuch like yours w/ compund miter saw section. materials were on hand. now I can get to the hardwood under all that pine . LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Michael Wilson

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#9 posted 08-07-2011 07:07 AM

Love it. I was actually planning on starting mine tomorrow morning. Since I’m at the “no workbench” state I picked up a few solid-core doors for tops.

Nothing wrong with that at all. It’s awfully pretty.

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