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My first workbench

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Project by Tokolosi posted 12-25-2011 06:41 PM 2430 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this to replace my packing crate top on sawhorse bench I have been using up to now. I got a load of free wood and while it is only pine I think it will give me the room I need for bigger and better projects. It was so much fun to make as well.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien





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planeBill

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#1 posted 12-25-2011 07:04 PM

Killer bench. Beats the crap out of mine. The top looks sturdy, what is it, about 4” thick? Great bench. Enjoy. Merry Christmas.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 12-25-2011 07:15 PM

Great bench. Looks like you’ll be able to make a lot of great projects with that work bench. Good job.

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doncutlip

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#3 posted 12-25-2011 07:21 PM

Nice bench, should serve you well. Similar to one I built, except I just bought the top. You were smart to leave room for vices, I forgot to do that and to shoe-horn mine in. See picture 4 of this project.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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alfa189

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#4 posted 12-26-2011 12:53 AM

Nice lookin bench! Very shiny and pretty. It’s gonna hurt the first time you ding it. My advise: Grab a hammer and ding it now just to get it over with. That way, you get your anxiety out of the way. Ha! Merry Christmas!

-- "It's not a mistake. It's a design feature."

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Tokolosi

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#5 posted 12-26-2011 12:58 AM

LOL @ alfa189! Yes, I admit that I am hesitant to use it. I may just take you up on that tip about the hammer.

The bench is 60”x30”x2-1/4’ PlaneBill. I used 2×3 stock lumber to make the top.

Thanks to all for the generous praise.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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jcwalleye

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#6 posted 12-26-2011 06:24 AM

Looks great. You’ll get a lot of service from that bench.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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kcrandy

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#7 posted 12-26-2011 06:53 AM

How did you get the top all perfect after glue up? I’ve seen some router tricks. Nice bench. I’m jealous. Been putting off building one. So many designs and I like yours very much.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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doordude

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#8 posted 12-26-2011 07:41 AM

nice bench. you’ve got to put in alot hours to make it worth while. let’s see those projects!

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Tokolosi

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#9 posted 12-26-2011 08:36 AM

KC Randy; I laminated the top in three sections then finally put them all together. The I sanded. And sanded and sanded. I got it level to a bubble and then just finished it with BLO. No router tricks. Goodness I wish I owned one.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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vakman

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#10 posted 12-26-2011 04:04 PM

Great job, a bench seems to be by far one of the most important shop tools. It’s difficult to make a good bench without having a good bench thought too. Well done.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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Don Carrier

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#11 posted 12-26-2011 04:23 PM

It’s nice to see a realistic workbench. If I had one of those maple top all decked out benches it would go in my dining room! I like to hit things, spill things, grind things, cut things, and most of all dirty things!

-- Don

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ScotttheSurveyor

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#12 posted 12-26-2011 05:14 PM

great looking bench. Wish mine looked that good

-- Angular error is proportionate to the distance run

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Boneski

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#13 posted 12-28-2011 03:02 PM

Nice solid bench. Top job!

-- Blinded by brilliance

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 12-28-2011 03:45 PM

I’ll bet that you had a lot of fun making that. It looks nice and it will serve you well.

helluvawreck

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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