Workbench From Odds and Ends

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Project by wunderaa posted 05-24-2012 04:24 PM 7025 views 11 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having seen the amazing work benches here on the site, I know this isn’t exactly worthy of sharing the same kudos. I wanted to post this mainly to show off my first use of SketchUp. If you haven’t used it, give it a try. Being able to make your own cut lists, check fits for complex joinery, etc. is invaluable.

I had been working on an electronics work bench for a long time and figured it was time for something a little more fitting. The bench is made of 2×4’s, 4×4’s, A/C plywood, and hard maple. I picked up a bunch of 2×2 maple at an estate sale, so I figured I’d make a laminated top. To add a little heft, I added two additional sheets of A/C plywood underneath. The frame is mainly held together with carriage and lag bolts.

The feet were made from 7 laminated layers of A/C plywood. I designed it in sketchup so that the legs would accept stepped tenons from the legs. By making 3 different types of pieces (plain, with shoulder, and with shoulder and tenon), the legs were assembled so that the mortise was “built-in” requiring no additional work. The legs were then glued into the feet for a very very solid base.

Not the most functional bench (yet), but it suits my needs. I’ll upgrade with drawers, dog holes and a proper tail vise soon.

Top – 28×84”
Height – 33”

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#1 posted 05-24-2012 04:47 PM

Awesome bench.

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#2 posted 05-24-2012 05:16 PM

Specatular. I love the trestle legs.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 05-24-2012 06:26 PM

I like the design. The top is Awesome.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#4 posted 05-24-2012 07:14 PM


Nice bench… I wonder why use Sketchup when something like Draftsight is freely available? I’ve found Sketchup to be clunky, but that’s just me.

I use Visio to do my drawings.. but have started learning Draftsight.

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#5 posted 05-24-2012 07:29 PM

SirFAtty – I’ve used AutoCAD and SolidWorks for years, so I think that experience has made a transition to SketchUp pretty easy. I’ve not used Draftsight, but will have to check it out. Thanks for the insight!

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#6 posted 05-24-2012 07:54 PM

pretty cool bench!

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#7 posted 05-24-2012 08:38 PM

I like that bench! When I get all this bloody stuff off of my porch I was thinking about making a dedicated planing bench along those lines (with an added Japanese style planning stop on one end). I take it with those legs you don’t get much in the way of racking?

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#8 posted 05-24-2012 09:27 PM

Excellent Bench…. Love that Finish…..

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#9 posted 05-25-2012 01:18 AM

There is no reason not to expect high kudos on this wonderful salvage. I’m glad you were able to recycle some “junk” into something you will use proudly. It should inspire you to do your best on all the work it sees!
BTW I love SU, but I will look at Draftsight. I thought I had mastered just about every CAD program out there, but Draftsight is new to me.


-- Dan Krager, Olney IL There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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#10 posted 05-25-2012 08:26 AM

A nice big heavy bench

what more could you ask for

Thanks for the drawing info

I must try PC/Cad drawing sometime

The painters complain about my designs

being drawn on the wall. :)


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#11 posted 05-25-2012 11:42 AM

Who would not be proud of that bench. Great job.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#12 posted 05-25-2012 12:23 PM

Great, solid bench. I love it when odds and ends come together.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#13 posted 06-24-2012 07:14 AM

Much nicer than my first bench I’m about to build :)

-- measure once, cut twice...

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#14 posted 07-18-2012 06:35 PM

Nice bench should serve you well . You built it so you should be proud of it and kudos to you for sharing.

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#15 posted 07-18-2012 06:43 PM

I can’t wait to build my bench. First step, get space…

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