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So I finally decided I needed a better workbench than the surface of my table saw. :p

The bench I built marries two sets of plans I had; Fine Woodworking's GSIW Workbench, and Kreg Tool's basic 2x4 workbench. I used the base design from the kreg bench (resized a bit for my needs) and the FWW GSIW workbench top. I liked the simplicity of the kreg base, but really liked the dog holes and vise on the FWW top.

I used 2×4’s for the base and plywood for the top. I didn’t want to use MDF since I didn’t plan on sealing the bench top. I also didn’t want to have to worry about it getting dinged up. All the scratches and dents will remind me of past projects.

The vise was mounted with the use of a plywood spacer and lag screws. The dog holes I drilled with a forstner, which took forever. I should have used a spade bit.

I plan on building another in the springtime but with formica laminated MDF as the top as an assembly table. I’ll skip the vise on that one and make the base longer since I won’t need the vise overhang.

Thanks for looking.

One thing I forgot to add, I bought and have been using Rockler's cheap bench dogs, and they’ve been doing everything I’ve needed.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 929 days ago

Looks like it will do the job,that’s all that counts.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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NiteWalker

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#2 posted 929 days ago

Yep, it’s been in service about two months now and it’s been working great. My tablesaw is relieved.

Next up is a new router table and drill press table.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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KMT

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#3 posted 929 days ago

I like it.You should get many years of use out of it

-- - Martin

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BAKTHAVATHSAL KADAMBI

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#4 posted 929 days ago

Nice. My table is almost similar one, except that i fixed the bottom shelf to the bottom on the frame instead of placing it on top. Now i have a bottom shelf is in fact a 4 inch deep box of 27”X39”. I am posting this project in a a few days, as i am yet to bore the bench dog holes. I bought a Forster bit, but after reading your comment, I would rather use a spade bit of same diameter as a Forster. For bench dogs, i found nice 3 inch long SS rods of 18mm dia and i would file it flat on one end for about 5/8”.

-- ALPHA-ZEE CREATIONS

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Martyroc

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#5 posted 929 days ago

That’s a sturdy looking bench, nice work.

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

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Everett1

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#6 posted 928 days ago

On my list, i’ve been using a crappy old kitchen table

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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GlennsGrandson

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#7 posted 928 days ago

Good looking, nice job. Where did you get your vise?

Thanks

-- Grant - S/N Dakota

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NiteWalker

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#8 posted 928 days ago

Thanks for the comments. :)
Yeah, my tablesaw has a few dings and scratches from using it as a workbench. No more of that .:)

The vise is a columbian/wilton amazon had on sale for $11 shipped a few years back.

It’s not the greatest; some of the paint is chipping off but it works well.
I still need to add wooden jaws.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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sikrap

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#9 posted 928 days ago

Nice bench, John. You might want to look at the Kreg video for the router table. That’s the one I made and it works great. Let me know if you want to borrow the dvd.

Dave

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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cabmaker

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#10 posted 928 days ago

Simple is a good thing. Looks utilitarian and that s what counts. Enjoy !

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jeff

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#11 posted 928 days ago

nothing like having a workbench,it makes life easier in the shop…nice job…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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thedude50

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#12 posted 928 days ago

i have a bench just like that except i use it as an outfeed table no dog holes or any vises as i am about to build 2 of the 21st century benches so i knew i wasnt going to use it as my primary bench there are 4 benches in my shop plans and two are of this design i used 2 sheets of osb for the top and toped that with hardboard it is very strong yet cheeper than plywood. the 2 21st century benches will cost me 1400 each to build including the vises that are on them this bench was like a hundred bucks for me to build so i assume yours was a bit more sence you used plywood . you might want to add the hardboard top like i did norm made a bench he used the hard board top too it takes a beating and if it gets ugly you replace the top easy as pie

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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dbhost

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#13 posted 928 days ago

I did the FWW plan to the letter except for the length of the top, mine’s 6’. Due to the fact that I did NOT want to use PT lumber, and the plan calls for 4×4 stock, I ended up using cedar. BIG mistake… Nice easy material to work, WAY too light to be useful..

Honestly, I would have some serious doubts that the Kreg design is all that sturdy using pocket screws and all.If you think about it, post up your experience with it as time goes by… This would be a real time saver if it’s sturdy enough…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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NiteWalker

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#14 posted 928 days ago

It’s held up so far, but I used glue at the joints too.

I’m primarily a power tool woodworker, so I don’t subject the bench to a lot of the stresses that a hand tool woodworker would, like planing.

IMHO, I think the kreg plan is more of a utility bench.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Maveric777

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#15 posted 927 days ago

I like it! Looks sturdy and usable… That is what really matters. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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