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Workbench - First 'Real' Project

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Project by 72hw posted 08-26-2012 at 09:50 PM 2715 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first ‘real’ project was a workbench. It aint pretty, nor is it artfuly constructed, but it stays put, is relatively level and I am not afraid to hurt it as I learn to Work The Wood!

They happy expression you see on my sweeties face is before she realized what this bench really meant – that the car would need to live outside soon!

Yes, we have a 1 car garage and our 1995 Honda Civic hatchback barely fits in there as it is. Add a bunch of tools, a bench, router table, Workmate, stock…. you get the idea.

Anyhow, even though the very functional drawers are a bit, uh, less than professionally installed – I am proud of my bench which now has a front vise and a whole lot more stuff on it!

Basically I followed the EZ Woodshop plans, which I found very helpful, and made the thing out of 2×4’s and half inch plywood. The work surface is actually one inch thick now as I laminated two sheets of ply to prove stability.

One day I will make a beautiful bench, but for now this one more than works – I love it!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 at 10:13 PM

If it works it counts,good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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ZED

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#2 posted 08-27-2012 at 12:47 AM

Looks functional and will work great for you as you build other things.

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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Hawaiilad

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#3 posted 08-27-2012 at 02:04 AM

Boy that takes me back…in fact, I still build benches like that all the time

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#4 posted 08-27-2012 at 02:37 AM

Good job. Looks solid.

-- russ from texas - garage shop weekend warrior

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#5 posted 08-27-2012 at 05:05 AM

Ump, there it is! Fine job! And the next time you build something you won’t have to roll around on the garage floor!!!

I recognize the plastic case. You did all that with a 3” compact circular saw?

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#6 posted 08-27-2012 at 05:40 AM

It looks like it will serve you well. Years ago, my first “workbench” was an old pine dresser. My second was a solid wood door on two home made sawhorses. I made some great memories and honed my skills off those old benches.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#7 posted 08-27-2012 at 10:20 AM

Good first bench ! I’d consider using that huge tree outside for your next one – looks like a big honkin’ oak that would make a great “super bench”.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 08-27-2012 at 11:15 AM

looks like your off to a great start!

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#9 posted 08-27-2012 at 12:49 PM

Cheap, sturdy, functional and built with the tools that a beginning woodworker would have available. That’s almost exactly like my bench – which I still use 7 years later, albeit with a few upgrades. Good job and may it serve you well.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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72hw

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#10 posted 08-27-2012 at 05:18 PM

Thanks to everyone for the support – it means a lot!

@deLayne Peck – no, my table saw did most of the work. Honestly I forget why I had the little guy out at that point, maybe an unrelated Honey Do.

@MonteCristo – great idea, but if I continue to edge out the car, I may just have to convert the bench into a tree house in that very tree…

Again, thanks to you all, I have learned a lot here already and hope to continue!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#11 posted 08-27-2012 at 05:19 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. That bench looks like it should serve you well on your new journey.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#12 posted 08-28-2012 at 06:52 AM

One of the best parts of woodworking is making your shop. My first bench was made of scrap 2×4’s from a dumpster. There were enough to make a pair of sawhorses too. Don’t buy it if you can build it. Nice job.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#13 posted 08-28-2012 at 02:03 PM

Cool bench~

-- Ride hard or go home~

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Gshepherd

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#14 posted 08-28-2012 at 02:46 PM

The best tools are the ones we make and use…... So have fun using it and be safe…....

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#15 posted 08-28-2012 at 02:55 PM

Every bench I have ever made (Except my B&D Workmate which is well over 25 yrs old now and traveled with me all over the world) has been made from scrap and found wood. One day I hope to have one of the fine furniture pieces I see in different magazines and here on on this site, But my home made scrap beasts have all served me well. Good job!!

-- - Terry

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