Utility Workbench

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Project by Rex B posted 04-02-2012 01:32 PM 5042 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this workbench to be cheap and big. The base design comes from the workbench plans on, with solid dowel joinery that makes the bench much more stable than it may appear. It is made out of dimensional lumber and plywood. Even though it is from cheap materials, I spent a lot of time on the details to make it as nice as possible. I did splurge on a nice Jorgensen vise, which I recessed in one end and added hard maple faces (not pictured). The bench top has plywood skins with ribs between, and I glued in a lot of small scraps to make it more solid.

-- Rex

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#1 posted 04-02-2012 02:08 PM

Nice job looks like it should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-02-2012 03:03 PM

Nice bench, that thing looks sturdy.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#3 posted 04-02-2012 03:30 PM

You’ve got a great looking utility bench. I made simple benches like this in several sizes as tool stands. It’s quicker and cheaper than buying stands. Only one change, I make the tops from laminated 2×4’s. When you plane them to get rid of the rounded edges the lumber doesn’t even look like 2×4’s.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 04-02-2012 04:05 PM

Hal, I agree about making tool stands rather than buying. I just think a shop looks a lot cooler when everything is made of wood. And 2×4 lumber is great for shop projects because mistakes are cheap!

-- Rex

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#5 posted 04-02-2012 04:54 PM

Real nice looking. I hope you start and finish many a project on it.

-- Chris K

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#6 posted 04-02-2012 10:12 PM

Looks great and looks like it’ll be very sturdy and serve you for many years!

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#7 posted 04-03-2012 01:33 AM

there is nothing “utility” about it

it would appear to be a part of one families legacy of how to be a better person

: ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 04-03-2012 12:57 PM


That Torsion Box design Bench should say flat and true for many years of service.

Nicely done.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#9 posted 04-03-2012 02:28 PM

I like the look of this bench. The torsion box is something I have always wanted to try. Maybe this year…....
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#10 posted 04-04-2012 02:05 AM

Rex,real nice worktable, I would love to see the completely finished piece with the trim and vise installed. I’m guessing you left it open on the one side to be able to store things underneath? If you have any side to side movement because of the missing brace perhaps a couple small 45’s will help make it more solid. Just my 2 cents, Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#11 posted 04-04-2012 12:33 PM

Pat, if you look at one of the pictures of my workshop writeup you can see the installed vise and dog holes. I didn’t put any trim around the top, just used a flush trim bit to even everything up. And yep, I did leave it open to store boxes underneath, and maybe some drawers eventually. So far I haven’t had any problems with rocking because the dados on the aprons fit tightly around the legs. Thanks for the advice though!

-- Rex

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#12 posted 04-06-2012 03:58 AM

Nice work on that! It will serve you well.

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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