My First Workbench

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Project by Jason Watts posted 752 days ago 3288 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first completed project! This one was extremely difficult considering I had no workbench to build it on…just a 5 minute makeshift frame made out of 2X6 lumber and the garage floor.

My dad knew I was ready for a workbench and sent one of his Woodworking magazines to me that had this design in it (if you’re interested in the volume, etc. just let me know). This is built almost entirely from 3/4” Birch plywood. The table top is also 3/4” Birch plywood with MDF on top, and the edge is protected by Red Oak. I think an elephant could do a handstand on this thing.

I plan on adding a woodworking vice (or two), some kind of portable hook-on tool caddy, and a roll of butcher paper at one end. I’m also considering turning one end of the table into a router table, but not sure yet. Also, this table is 1/8” of an inch shorter than my table saw so I can use this as an out feed table. And the projects begin! Enjoy…

-- - In Christ

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#1 posted 752 days ago

May it serve you well and be the birth place of many projects!
And welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 752 days ago

Nice bench, I hope to see many projects coming from this.

Welcome to LJ’s

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

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#3 posted 752 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s. That is a beautiful bench. It will last for a very long time and I’m sure you will have a great time making many projects on it!

-- If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

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Jason Watts

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#4 posted 752 days ago

Thanks for the encouragement everyone! I can’t wait to post my next project!

-- - In Christ

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#5 posted 752 days ago

thats a nice bench, look like you did a good job!


-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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#6 posted 752 days ago

Great bench, Jason. I made this same one for my first bench a couple years ago and it is still rock solid. I coated the MDF top layer with Watco Danish Oil – glue just scrapes off and if the top gets scuffed up a bit I just wipe it down with a little more finish and it looks like new.

I look forward to seeing the projects you will build on it!


-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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#7 posted 752 days ago

Solid Bench, I like it. That should last you a long time.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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Jason Watts

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#8 posted 752 days ago

This came out of “The Best of Fine Wood Working, Workshop Solutions 2008”, Taunton Product No. 017009

-- - In Christ

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#9 posted 752 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s Jason. That looks like one solid bench, good job.

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#10 posted 752 days ago

That looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 752 days ago

Nice job. Looks to be sturdy. I give it an A. Look fowrard to viewing more projects from you.

-- "Actions speak louder than words but not nearly as often." - Mark Twain

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#12 posted 751 days ago

Well Done Bench

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#13 posted 751 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s and the world of woodworking! If you look at my projects, my very first project was this same workbench!

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

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#14 posted 751 days ago

Congratulations on a great looking workbench! Many years of use lie ahead!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#15 posted 751 days ago

Are those legs laminated ply? My God they’d be denser and tougher than any hardwood I’d imagine. Nice job. You’re next assembly will be much more pleasant with a nice area to work around.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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