Benchtop workbench

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Project by Douger posted 10-12-2011 06:27 PM 2586 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day I realized that when I’ve got my shop-made bench-top router table set up on the bench, I tend to use it a lot as a raised workbench, for working on small parts or other close-up handwork. So I decided to cut up some reclaimed 2×8 pine I had and make a benchtop bench for that purpose instead. (I’ve seen several projects like this in magazines and such.)

The 2×8 board came from a local print shop where my son-in-law worked, and it had been used as shelving for storing ink containers; it was pretty stained, so I cleaned it up with a few passes through my planer. The glued-up top is about 14”x15” and about 1-3/8” thick. I didn’t really work from a plan for this project—I just sort of made it up as I went along.

The leg frames are joined with bridle joints, pinned with dowels. I tried to show these joints in a couple of the photos. The top and aprons are joined to the legs with dowels.

Not exactly a “fine woodworking” project, but one that has been very useful to me, and it was fun to make, as well.

-- Doug, Kansas,

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#1 posted 10-12-2011 07:14 PM

Nice Bench!

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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#2 posted 10-12-2011 11:01 PM

Nice one, now you just have to put a wise on it and you will stay up there for good.
Nice work, nice bench.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 10-13-2011 02:19 PM

Nice work. I’m making one with granite stone on top so i can use it as a sharpening station.

-- joel, Porto, Portugal

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