My first nice workbench

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Project by JoelK posted 875 days ago 3225 views 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A real solid workbench made from white and red oak and trimmed in black walnut. The center boxes are removable so you can clamp part from the inside of the bench if you have to they can be turned over to be used as storage boxes or flipped over to make a flat surface across the entire top. So far the only project that has taken up the entire width of the bench is the CNC router. I need to find a new home for it so I can get my bench back. Typical, isn’t it , there is never enough room in your shop for all the tools. I guess its time for an addition. HA yeah right like the boss will agree to that one … :) This was a project I purchased from Popular Woodworking as a DVD showing the entire build and included all the drawings in PDF format, print them and go or make adjustments then go. I shortened the bench by about 3 feet it was way to big for my shop.

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#1 posted 875 days ago

Awesome bench.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#2 posted 875 days ago

Nice bench. It has that heavy sturdy look to it. Well done.

-- 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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#3 posted 875 days ago

Really COOL bench!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Todd Barrone

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#4 posted 875 days ago

That’s really a nice piece.

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne

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#5 posted 875 days ago

Congratulations on a nice build. From my own experience, it’s like having that needed extra pair of hands. Enjoy.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#6 posted 875 days ago

Nice looking bench. It looks like it might want to be scratched up or dinged up.
Anyway great job..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 875 days ago

Wow, very nice!! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 875 days ago

JoelK I like the bench a lot and would like to build one myself. Can you point me to the Popular Woodworking link for the plans/DVD? I really like the center portion that can be removed; it would provide the type of flexibility I need in my buildups.

-- I cut it three times and it's still too short!!

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#9 posted 875 days ago

It’s a nice looking bench and will should serve you very well for many years. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#10 posted 874 days ago

The removable tray is a great idea, particularly when you need to empty it of saw dust…flip it over and tap it.

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

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#11 posted 874 days ago

Thanks for sharing. That is a really neat workbench. Removing the trays will be great for clamping stuff (ie. a drawer carcase)... Excellent work.

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#12 posted 874 days ago

I love it Joel! I can’t wait till I get to build one.

Where did you get the wood from? Approx what did it cost you?


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#13 posted 874 days ago

Great design, like the ability to clamp in the middle

-- Norman

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#14 posted 874 days ago

Aaaaahhh…brings back memories of when I built mine! But then someone comes along and builds a better looking one!! Oh well…...nice job and I like the center part , great idea.


-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#15 posted 874 days ago

Looks to nice to work on . Looks like thanksgiving dinner should be being served on it . Looks great

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