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Project by spud72 posted 08-10-2011 02:21 AM 1775 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally, I’ve done it a built a good quality working bench for my shop. No more working off the table saw or on an old door thrown over a couple of saw horses.

The base it made of Construction grade spruce lumber held together with 3/8” threaded steel rods. The top is made with two layers of 3/4” MDF board and 3/4” birch lumber from rejected rails and stails from a local cabinet fabricator. I had some mahogany stained Danish Oil which I uesd for the finish. The vise is a 9” qick release from Groz.

-- Guy,PEI

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#1 posted 08-10-2011 02:37 AM

Looking good Guy. Its looks very sturdy and will put up with years of use.

I guess next you will be looking at installing some bench dogs.

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#2 posted 08-10-2011 03:06 AM

Nice job. Good vise too – I’ve got the same one on my bench. Enjoy!

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#3 posted 08-10-2011 03:15 AM

Very nice job.

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#4 posted 08-10-2011 03:58 AM

I like the reuse of the birch for the top. What’s the distance from the floor to the top of the bench? It looks high, but that may be an illusion.

I’m thinking you’re already spending a lot of time out on the bench, just admiring the work and the fact that it’s finally complete. Nice job, and good luck with all your projects!

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#5 posted 08-10-2011 05:21 AM

Good job and it will save the table saw from glue etc.
Will make a good out feed table also and the vise is also nice to have.


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#6 posted 08-10-2011 05:23 AM

I watched a video today online about making that bench I think. nice job. Looks great. Did you plan on drilling any dogholes?

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#7 posted 08-10-2011 06:37 AM

Nice sturdy bench! Don;t let it stay clean too long. That is a fine work table that you get a lot of use out of!!

You’ll appreciate it more because you made it your self!!

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#8 posted 08-10-2011 12:24 PM

Yes I plan to install dog holes. The bench is 35 7/8 inches high so that it can be used for an outfeed table of my Rigid table saw (36”). Thanks for your comments.

-- Guy,PEI

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#9 posted 08-10-2011 04:51 PM

I’ve got a similar bench, same plan… I extended the top a little bit to match up with my Table Saw. I really like what you did with the top. The reclaimed birch is a nice addition…

only real drawback I have seen to this bench is that you need to occasionally tighten the nuts on the threaded rod.

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