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I’ve had a workbench that I made about 8 years ago. It was truly a basic workbench. Four legs and a top. What I truly want in my shop is a bunch of cabinets with hard counter tops. Something out of a wood magazine cover shot. Alas, I don’t have (nor I do really want to spend) the money for something that grandiose. So I’ve decided to build a new workbench and use the existing workbench as another bench that will go up against a wall in my garage.

For the new bench I wanted something SOLID, and affordable (no sjoberg tabletops here), and something I could actually build in a weekend or two. I found a pretty good, and affordable workbench design at amazon titled: Basic Workbench and 6 Ways to Beef it Up: Downloadable Woodworking Plan I’ll include a picture with a clickable link at the bottom where you can take a look at this if you like. Amazon has a pretty nice feature that allows you to download plans directly to your computer. Another nice thing about this plan is it includes six really nice upgrades to the bench and has complete plans for it. For now I’ll only be building the bench, but I really the like the drawers and cabinet’s that they show. If I build those I’ll blog about them later.

Materials
For the lumber I used Kiln Dried Lumber. For the table top the design gave a really good tip to use a solid core wood door as a top and then put a layer of 1/4” MDF on top of that. I was a little apprehensive about this at first. When I checked out the door it was REALLY solid (and weighs a ton). It was the same thickness as two sheets of 3/4” plywood and it cost less. I was able to get the door and all of my lumber from Lowe’s. The door was approx. $45, and the lumber was about $45. My total cost for a new workbench works out to be about $90. Not to shabby for this solid workbench.

  • (1) Solid Core Door 80” x 30”
  • (1) 1/4” x 4’ x 8’ MDF Hardboard
  • (6) 2” x 4” x 8’ Pine Boards
  • (2) 2” x 6” x 8’ Pine Boards

Milling and Assembly




















Workbench LegsI built the legs using nothing but 2×6’s. I trimmed the sides down per the plan to get a finished width of 5”. I notched the bottom and the top to allow the bottom and top frames to set in.
Workbench Frame The bottom frame was built with a cleats around the inside to allow a shelf to sit inset of the frame. Again I used primarily 2×6” boards trimmed down to a 5” width and fitted with cleats on the inside. I used 2×2 boards for the cleats.
Workbench Assembly I attached the legs to the bottom using 3” screws and glue. Should hold pretty well.
Workbench Frame Assembly All four legs are attached. I check for squareness and everything is looking pretty balanced. Next up is the top frame.
Workbench Frame I attached the top frame to the rest of the table. I also installed a 3/4” plank on the bottom cleats. The plans call for attaching the top to the two middle joists in the top frame. I did that, but also added a few pocket hole screws on the ends of the table as well. Everything seems pretty solid.
Finishing
To finish the bench I “broke” the edges with some sandpaper. I also applied a coat of clear Danish oil to all of the boards (not the top) to help preserve the wood. One other thing I did was to add some bench dogs at the end of the bench. I spaced them out approximately 6” apart. I picked up a package (4 per package) of Kreg bench dogs that work really well with this. I have more links and information over at woodlogger.

-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com





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dakremer

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#1 posted 772 days ago

That’s a really good lookin bench. I like the idea of using the solid door as the top.

When i get around to building a workbench, I’ll be building something like this. I understand why people go above and beyond to make the best work bench possible – some you wouldn’t even want to work on after finishing it because it’s so nice – not me though. Just give me something flat and sturdy and perfect. I don’t need that “showroom” quality bench. Thanks for sharing!! It’s a really nice bench

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Woodwrecker

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#2 posted 772 days ago

That is a “real” workbench.
Not a show piece.
And I bet you get a heck of a lot of good use out of it.
Nice work.

-- Having fun...Eric

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 772 days ago

That’s one solid bench Daris. congratulations on a fine work bench!

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crank49

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#4 posted 772 days ago

Very nice bench.
Have any pictures of it after you added the bench dog holes?
Do you plan to add a vise?

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 772 days ago

Well done, looking good…

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

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lumberjoe

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#6 posted 772 days ago

This is my kind of bench! While I really like and appreciate the beautiful benches a lot of people post here, I am a function over form kind of guy when it comes to utility pieces. I really don’t care what my garage fixtures look like, as long as they function well. This actually looks pretty nice!

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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Skylark53

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#7 posted 772 days ago

That sure looks like a super flat work surface. Well constructed, it looks tough and is sure to be hardworking! My workbench is my favorite tool. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 772 days ago

That’s a good bench and it will serve you well for many years. Congratulations.

helluvawreck
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-- 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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nomercadies

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#9 posted 771 days ago

A journey in joinery. I honor construction that takes advantage of the strength of joints instead of the sheer strength of fasteners. I can’t imagine the number and size of the wood fibers that would have to be crushed for that bench to rack. Your bench is a solid foundation for your house of work.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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lysdexic

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#10 posted 771 days ago

Nice bench but I want to know how you posted a picture with text off to the side?

-- 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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LesB

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#11 posted 771 days ago

Great minds think alike. Even though I could afford to make a fancy maple bench I would rather spend the money on a good tool. Besides I would be afraid of damaging a fancy bench.
I used 1 1/8” plywood floor underlayment topped with 3/4” MDF for the top which can easily and cheaply be replaced when needed. I added retractable wheels and enclosed the bottom for additional storage space. It is also the same height as my table saw so it serves as an outfeed table when needed.

-- Les B, Oregon

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MontanaBob

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#12 posted 771 days ago

Real nice looking work bench..Thanks for posting …I’m in need of a work bench….I will follow your lead and make one the same as this.

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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Daris

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#13 posted 771 days ago

Thanks for all the feedback. I still need to install a vise on the side of the table; that’s next. Not sure where I’ll get that though?

LesB I almost did that for the top. I considered using two layers of 3/4” plywood. The solid core door was great though, and a little cheaper. Man, was it heavy though….! The plan I followed for this recommended it. (Solid core door, who would have thought – hah..) It was a great tip. I did put 1/4” mdf on top and just put brads through it all around the top. Worked out great.

-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 771 days ago

Ditto for Lysdexic’s question: How’d you do that posting work above?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Daris

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#15 posted 771 days ago

Ok, so on the formatting I put the content/pics in a basic table using < HTML > table tgs. Just google these and you’ll find a lot of info for these

-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com

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