Workbench from free lumber

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Project by Trev_Batstone posted 951 days ago 7746 views 42 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new woodworking workbench which I just finished this morning. This was built from some of the yellow cedar which was given to me a couple of weeks ago. All lumber in this bench is 2” thick, except for the vise jaws, which are oak. The top measures 35”x25” which is a smaller size bench, considering that my shop is a 1-car garage, but hopefully it will serve my needs. The top was made with 3 pieces of 2”x8” lumber, joined together with 28 biscuit joints. I applied oak stain to the top, and still have to put a couple coats of shellac on it, as I want to protect the top from any accidental spills (such as a knocked over coffee mug). The cross braces between the legs are fastened with 3 1/2” lag screws, as is the top, fastened to the table supports. The vise and vise handle are from Lee Valley. The vise and the lag screws were my only cost in building this bench. The vise opens to 7” between the jaws. As you can see, I recessed the inner vise jaw into the table top. The edging around the table top is 1/2” MDF. This bench is very heavy, but also very sturdy, which is a pre-requisite when wanting to hold stock for sanding, planing, routing, etc. The top has (48) 3/4” holes for placement of bench dogs for holding stock, plus (3) bench dogs holes in the outer vise jaw. My wife even complimented me on how beautiful it looked, she said it would look much better as a kitchen table (not a chance, lady!). I’m very much looking forward to putting this bench to good use.


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#1 posted 951 days ago

what a great bench, you did a fantastic job and i know the same feeling as to offers to have my bench in someones kitchen, i got the very same things said to me…and they got the same answer as you gave…no way…my bench is one of the greatest tools ive added, and you will really enjoy yours…thanks for posting it, grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 951 days ago

Very nice work bench!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 951 days ago

Well done! You’ll feel good about your work on it every time you use it.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#4 posted 951 days ago

very nice looking bench. It should serve you well.

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#5 posted 951 days ago

Nice looking workbench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 950 days ago

Good looking bench. It gives me an idea for a spot in my garage. Just the right size.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#7 posted 950 days ago

Looks like a sturdy built bench.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#8 posted 950 days ago

That’s a great size. Really good for limited space.Gonna save it in my favorites. Good job.!

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#9 posted 950 days ago

I recently buit a smallworkbench for my shop and have enjoyed using it very much. Great job on your workbench, I know you it willbecome a cornerstone of your shop.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 950 days ago

Great looking bench! You can rest assured that you can make anything you set your mind to. You obviously have the talent. Keep up the good work. Merry Christmas! you and yours.

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#11 posted 950 days ago

Thank you all for the nice comments. I am very pleased with how this project turned out, as I only took up woodworking less than a year ago at the fine age of 65 years, when I converted my garage into a woodworking shop as a retirement hobby. I built this workbench ‘out of my head’ without any plans to go by.


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#12 posted 950 days ago

Good job and great price on the lumber! I do bolt jeweling and use a benchtop drill press, that would be just the right size for it! gotta keep it in mind. Doug

-- Doug

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#13 posted 950 days ago

I like it, I need a work bench that small for a my workspace

-- shawn murphy

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#14 posted 950 days ago

Though the vice with some dogs will definitely hold a mixer down and prevent it from bouncing, rolling dough with all those holes on the top? I think it should stay in the garage.

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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#15 posted 950 days ago

Great looking bench and very creative! I’m sure you’ll smile every time you use it!

-- 73, Bob

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