|Project by Dan Corbin||posted 07-01-2012 10:44 PM||6617 views||12 times favorited||17 comments|
My wife & I just finished this workbench for our workshop this weekend. There are still a few things that I could do to it, but I’m not sure that I will quite yet. There is room under the bench for an adjustable shelf system, but I think that would get in the way more often than not. And eventually I might put a face vise on the left side where there’s room. But for now, it’s done.
The base and top are made out of 3/4” pine plywood and 2×4s, glued and screwed every 6”. The screws on the top have been countersunk and then plugged with oak plugs (they were all I could find at short notice). The little tray area in the back is for various tools, to keep them below your work surface. I used a friend’s compound miter saw to cut all of the 2×4s (everything is 90-degree angles, though), and his portable table saw to cut the plywood pieces. Not having the right tools makes a big difference, let me tell you!
I got the plans on the internet from American Woodworker's website. I followed the plans rather blindly, and there are several things that I wish I had done differently. I wouldn’t have cut the top out of 4 pieces, but rather cut it out of one big piece and use a router to open up the tool pocket in back. I’m also unsure about the use of pine plywood for the top—it seems too soft and uneven to me.
-- ~ Dan, North Carolina, http://www.facebook.com/torahanjyuu/