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Project by bobthebuilderinmichigan posted 932 days ago 3364 views 12 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started out based on the plans from New Yankee Workshop but morphed into a little more as I went along. The base and shelf are made of pine and plywood to save on money. I doubled up on most pine dimensions specified to add extra solidity. Then I added a 1 3/4” edge grain ash work top on top of 3/4” ply, then trimmed it out with 3/4” x 5” ash. I went with 3/4” round dog holes as it was easiest to install in this type of top and I could purchase inexpensive bench dogs in heavy duty plastic. I bought the front vise and the shoulder end screw from Leigh Valley as they received good reviews and were affordable. I also added the front vise which was not included in the original plans. In addition, I needed drawer space so I added drawers below the shelf. The trim and drawer fronts are ash. Finally, I used simple Tung oil for the finish. I was too lazy to do the BLO, beeswax and turpentine mixture also the smell kind of scared me off. I know it isn’t as pretty as some of the Roubo workbenches featured by other members, but it does what I need it to and for less than $200.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#1 posted 932 days ago

Most excellent. That’s one sweet bench. I’ll be making one soon (by soon I mean sometime this year) and will refer to your pictures often for design inspiration. Thanks for sharing. Favorited.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#2 posted 932 days ago


-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#3 posted 932 days ago

That’s a great looking bench. It probably cost you substantially less to make it out of pine and plywood and it’ll probably just as strong, sturdy, and useful had you made it out of a more expensive species.

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#4 posted 932 days ago

Nice work, it looks very solid.

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#5 posted 932 days ago

looks massive. nicely done!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 932 days ago

Thanks all for your comments!
Kelen – Yeah, I figure it saved me another $300 to make the base out of pine and plywood. Also, having been a builder of homes and apartments for years, I know that if pine is used to build massive buildings and last for hundreds of years, its probably good enough for my little workbench base! On top of that, once you put on a coat of tung oil, pine actually doesn’t look half bad!

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#7 posted 932 days ago

Nicely done, I’m in the process of making a bench too… Thanks for some inspiration

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#8 posted 932 days ago

Nicely done, I wish I had more room in my workshop, I would love to make a bench just like that.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 932 days ago

Fine looking workbench, real solid looking and massive

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 932 days ago

This looks to be a great design…excellent mix of traditional design and contemporary materials. What’s the box-like object located underneath the end vise?

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#11 posted 932 days ago

Very nice build…looks dam tough to me and pine is just fine, thanks for the post and inspiration.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#12 posted 932 days ago

Beautiful bench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 932 days ago

awesome looking bench. heavy and stout, looks to take a pounding. enjoy it

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#14 posted 932 days ago

awesome bench! Theres’s no shame in using pine, personally, I love the look of pine.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#15 posted 932 days ago

Now there is a bench for some serious woodworking. Nice job!

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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