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Project by Jim55 posted 678 days ago 894 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a plain Jane worktable I built from what I had laying around the shop- 2×4’s, 2×6, & “yellawood” 1×6’s.
There’s no fancy joinery but, everything kind of overlaps or cross supports something else. It’s held together with self driving screws. The yellawood is surplus from a privacy fence we built. We had a bunch of 3’-nearly 4’ drops double stacked waist high. I was not about to burn or toss out all that wood. But laying those across the framing top and lower shelf really helps stiffen that thing up.
The table top I fit everything up tight and used a hand held belt sander to make the top nice and flat. I finishes the table top with some left over polyurethane mainly to seal it. The rest was left as is.
It can hold up my 250# w/out shiver or shake, creak or groan. (Which is more than I can say for myself!)

I have it in mind to build a proper table as one of my soonest next projects.

PS: For the record, I do not have any intentions of welding on it. That is just temporary storage until I get my welding table built.





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 678 days ago

Nothing wrong with simple. Functional counts for more with work benches. Always need more benches.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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whitebeast88

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#2 posted 678 days ago

great build.reminds me of my bench.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Ethan Harris

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#3 posted 678 days ago

simplicity is efficiency, I bet you will use it till its worn down, and these things can last a long time, just replace the top when its broken down and you will never be in need!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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redsox9

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#4 posted 677 days ago

I echo the other posters’ comments. To quote Albert Einstein: “The best design is the simplest one that works.” My benches were mainly constructed from recycled lumber as well.

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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seniorchief1

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#5 posted 677 days ago

Hi, After building one simple workbench, I think its time for another—Thanks for the post—

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