24 Hour Workbench

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Project by cutworm posted 09-15-2012 09:42 PM 3802 views 25 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got this plan from Popular Woodworking. Pretty good for my small shop. The plan called for plywood on the top but I chose SYP face joined. Sturdy and materials including vise were about $75. So far I like it. First try at mortise and tenon joints. Was fairly uneventful luckily.
I bought 5 each 10’ x 2”x8” SYP boards and and ripped them to 3”. Had almost zero waste. Just a few inches from each piece. Waste was so small I didn’t have a piece for my vise. I was impressed.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#1 posted 09-15-2012 10:52 PM

Nice bench, looks good and sturdy. Good job on the mortise and tenon joints.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#2 posted 09-15-2012 11:39 PM

great job.awesome bench.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 09-15-2012 11:48 PM

That PWW bench is a great design and you’ve done a great job building it. You will get great usage out of it. SYP is great to work with and congrats for minimial waste. You would NEVER find a work surface that nice for that price and you have the satisfaction of building it. Well done!

-- Making sawdust and memories through woodworking.

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#4 posted 09-16-2012 12:41 AM

A Job well Done there….... Very well built…..

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

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#5 posted 09-16-2012 02:15 AM

One typo. It was 7 each on the boards. Wood was a little less than 50 bucks and the vise was on sale at HF for some ridiculously low price-twenty some dollars.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#6 posted 09-16-2012 04:35 AM

Very nice !

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#7 posted 09-16-2012 07:02 AM

Great bench, well done

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#8 posted 09-16-2012 10:02 AM

Nice looking bench. Great job and enjoy.

-- russ from texas - garage shop weekend warrior

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#9 posted 09-16-2012 12:52 PM

Thanks for all of the comments. I changed the height that was called for to hopefully use the bench as an out feed table when needed. Next step is to get a set of retractable casters from Rockler. I’ll have more money in the wheels than I have in the bench. Go figure.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#10 posted 09-16-2012 02:53 PM

Very nice and simple. Did you also use mortise and tenon for the main stringers at the bottom or hardware?

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#11 posted 09-16-2012 03:12 PM

ok i have to ask what is SYP?

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#12 posted 09-16-2012 03:23 PM

nice looking bench, very impressed with the time it took to build also.

-- BN in Indiana

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#13 posted 09-16-2012 03:24 PM

southern yellow pine to question above is my guess i think

-- BN in Indiana

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#14 posted 09-16-2012 03:39 PM

Yep. Southern Yellow Pine
@ LeChuck – The bottom stringers are mortise and tenon with the addition of furniture bolts. The plan called for 1/2” bolts but I could only find 1/4” around here so I made the tenons a little longer to hopefully compensate for the smaller bolts. The bottom stringers are 2×8’s with 1” deep tenons along with the furniture bolts.

@BretNichols – The plan is titled “24 Hour Bench”. I did opt to not use a plywood top so the glue-up took a little longer but it was pretty easy going overall. A lot of waiting and watching the glue dry.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#15 posted 09-16-2012 05:43 PM

The 7- SYP boards was used just for the top? Looks like you used 4×4’s for the legs.

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