Hard Maple Workbench

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Project by W00DY posted 02-13-2012 08:23 PM 4894 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally broke down and built myself a nice workbench. Dragging saw horses out and throwing plywood over it got old real fast. So I decided if I’m gonna build it, it should be what I really want. Its made entirely of hard maple so should last a lifetime. Materials cost me around $1200, but I keep telling myself its a $2500 dollar workbench ;-). Fun build but found my back hurting several times from working with the large 10’ lengths of 2” thick hard maple. Also put all of my tools to the ultimate test trying to cut and handle it. I did it and its done, will need some new table saw blades and planer blades but not gonna include that in the cost to build. LOL.

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 08:25 PM

Awesome job. I’m very jealous.

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 08:26 PM

Beautiful work. Must feel great to have that done.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 10:13 PM

I hope you are a young man, because you are going to be enjoying that bench for a looong time!
Very nice work, and useful!

-- Retirement suits me fine !

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 10:28 PM

Beautiful! It’s always nice to save a bunch of money and build it yourself. Plus, you have some serious bragging rights now! Great work.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 02-14-2012 01:11 AM

Thanks guys, not time to mess it up!

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#6 posted 02-14-2012 01:34 AM

That’s the way to build a workbench. Hard maple is the best, and reasonably priced for a hard wood. You did a nice job on this bench. And it’s about a $4000 workbench. Labor ain’t free.

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#7 posted 02-14-2012 03:07 AM

That’s one of the nicest workbenches I have ever seen, to nice for the shop, If I made that it would be my new dining room table, great job.

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

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#8 posted 02-14-2012 01:19 PM

Where did you get your plans? I am getting to the point where I want to build my own (and I have a source for really cheap maple), so I am trying to get info together. Thanks for posting the project.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#9 posted 02-14-2012 01:39 PM

Job well done.

I am about half way done with mine. I hope mine will come close to yours.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#10 posted 02-14-2012 01:46 PM

outstanding work

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#11 posted 02-14-2012 03:11 PM

WOW, This is a fantastic bench! This is exactly what I am looking to build for myself, even down to the maple. Love the wide top, looks so solid! Is this your own design? If not, where did you get the plans?

More details about the process/finishing???


-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#12 posted 02-14-2012 03:29 PM

Classy legs and stretchers there very nice touch !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#13 posted 02-14-2012 05:47 PM

Beautiful!!! I want one, but I’m old. LOl

-- Wood glue residue doesn't take a stain well.

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#14 posted 02-14-2012 06:19 PM

Really nice. I would say a $3000 bench!

-- You can't rush greatness.

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#15 posted 02-14-2012 07:01 PM

I like it, it’s well worth some back pain!

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