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Project by dakotawood posted 1000 days ago 4161 views 51 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Introducing my new workbench that I just finished. I Love It! This is my version of the Weekend Workbench from The WoodSmith Shop. I followed the design pretty closely – I only made my top a bit smaller and added the drawer case instead of a shelf. Here’s the specs:

Top:
77”x32”x3”
4 layers 3/4” MDF laminated
trimmed with douglas fir
bench dogs spaced 4” apart
row of dogs up front will accept my wonder dog

Drawer Case:
39”x24”
3/4” ply case
left space between case and top for a small shelf

Drawers:
12 drawers
22” deep with 22” full ext slides
progressive depth of drawers: 2 1/4”, 3 1/2”, 4”, 4”

Finished it with 4 coats of wiping varnish—1 part naptha, 1 part boiled linseed oil, 2 part poly semi-gloss

This thing is a beast. I’m guessing it’s around 350-400 lbs – and I don’t even have the drawers filled with any tools yet. If I ever move, I can take the top off and the drawer case out.

Thanks for looking!
Travis

-- Travis, South Dakota





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CottageDreamer

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#1 posted 1000 days ago

Great bench! I made the same one and I love it too. Looks very well made and finished. Love the drawers!

I never got round to adding the dog holes, you must have paid close attention to the location of the screws holding the MDF layers together. I forgot to note the locations so have not drilled it…yet.

I agree, this this is a beast!

-- Anthony

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David

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#2 posted 1000 days ago

Build me one please and I will have my two brother-in- laws to unload it for you when you get here.
Very nice table

-- David, Center,Texas

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lightweightladylefty

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#3 posted 1000 days ago

Travis,

Great looking bench. Thanks for sharing.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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oldoak

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#4 posted 1000 days ago

Great looking bench. Very sturdy

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lanwater

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#5 posted 1000 days ago

That looks like a strong bench.

Looks good!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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redryder

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#6 posted 1000 days ago

That laminated MDF will take anything you throw at it. Once you go full extension, you’ll never go back. Nice build….........

-- mike...............

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blackcherry

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#7 posted 1000 days ago

Its a workmate for well into the future, enjoy all your new projects on it and thanks for posting…BC

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sgtq

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#8 posted 1000 days ago

Great looking bench, I bet it keeps you even longer in your shop.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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Belg1960

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#9 posted 999 days ago

Travis, this is a great looking bench. Do you have an exploded view of the base by any chance, also how did you make the top removable?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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woodbineshark

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#10 posted 999 days ago

Great stuff Travis, looks awsome nice touch with the drawers you can never have too many of those it seems. I built pretty much the same bench just a bit shorter in my case I have mine on 4” casters which I find real handy. Take it easy..Marc

-- MS

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Beginningwoodworker

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#11 posted 999 days ago

Beautiful bench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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itsmic

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#12 posted 999 days ago

Sharp looking bench, A real base to build projects from, looks great, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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spanky46

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#13 posted 999 days ago

Very nice Travis!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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Ken90712

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#14 posted 999 days ago

Great job and very solid! Superb job on the drawers as well. Alot of great years of service to come out of this one.

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

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Rick Dennington

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#15 posted 999 days ago

Your bench looks a whole lot like mine…I too got mine out of an old Woodsmith Shop magazine a few years back. Mine’s 101” long x 42 ” and has a 3 ” MDF laminated top… My drawer configuration is different, but basically the same bench. Go to my woodshop pixs, and you can see it….. Stellar job on the building of yours. It’ll last you many years of enjoyment…..mine sure has…..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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