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Project by FreshSawDust posted 01-09-2012 07:06 PM 2929 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off this is my first post here, I have been looking and reading blogs here for a while so this is me saying thank you for the great content and good ideas. With this design I tried to combine a traditional woodworking bench with an assembly table as my limited space won’t allow for both. I made this almost entirely out of recycled materials and stuff from the scrap pile. The front of the top is 3” thick and made from red oak that I got from a farmer that had a barn redone, it has nail holes and some termite damage. The back of the top is from a piece of office furniture that is 1”particle board covered in some stylish blue formica over a piece of 3/4 luan. Since the back piece of the top was about 10” shorter than what I wanted I made a sacrificial section for drilling. The base is my old worktable reincarnated and is put together with glue and lots of screws. Other features include a split in the top just wide enough for my quick clamps, a leg vise (lee valley screw) and electrical outlets. I still need to drill holes in the apron on the back for added clamping area. This bench may not be pretty in the traditional sense but it fits the bill for me and is a welcome addition.

-- TJ - Perryville, Missouri

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 08:28 PM

Welcome and very cool idea! nice bench.

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 08:36 PM

Welcome! Great looking bench. Sure you’ll get many years of use from this. I love reusing wood. Nail holes and all. It gives it character.

-- Bryan

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 10:13 PM

Welcome to Ljs
Super good job on your bench. Good use of found material too.

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 11:37 PM

Sweet bench! Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#5 posted 01-10-2012 12:45 AM

Really nice bench!! Whish I had put a split top in my own.

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#6 posted 01-10-2012 04:03 AM

“glue and lots of screws” – is now my favorite quote :)

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#7 posted 01-10-2012 04:10 AM

Very nice, well done!! That’s a bench I could get used to! ;-)

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#8 posted 01-10-2012 04:52 PM


This really has me thinking. I am short on space as well. My bench needs to function as an outfeed table for the table saw. I was planning to just made the height of the workbench 1/2 lower. With this design i could dado for the miter slots. Then, if I get more room I could remove the back part and construct a proper hardward top to complete a split top roubo.

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#9 posted 07-21-2012 10:24 PM

@Fresh—Welcome to LJ, and great first project. I noticed that you installed a standard 110V electric outlet on one of the bench legs. I bet that comes in handy. How did you route the source to your table? I didn’t see any conduit above the bench nor any sign of a repair in the concrete floor.

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#10 posted 07-22-2012 12:43 AM

Thanks Don. There are outlets on both of the rear legs (you just can’t see the other from the angle of the pics) and the cord runs under an anti fatigue mat then under the mitersaw table and up the wall (barely visible in pic 3). Hope this helps and feel free to pm with any additional questions.

-- TJ - Perryville, Missouri

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