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I completed this bench a few months ago. It is already pretty dirty and nicked up, but it is a workbench and not a piece of furniture. It is based on the the design by Paul Sellers in his book Working Wood. It is made out of Big Box store mystery grade construction lumber.

This was built with 99% hand tools. I did rip off the rounded edge of the 2×4 studs at the table saw. Everything else was with had tools. Hand cut housing dados for the leg assemblies, hand cut mortise and tenons and hand planing the top flat.

The vises are Jorgensen 27091 on the end and a Jorgensen 41012 as the main vise

Over the weekend I added the smaller vise and made a few simple dogs out of wooden dowels. The long dowel is so I can pop it up by pushing it from the bottom with out having to crawl under the bench since I have the wide aprons.

Over all I am pretty happy with this as my first real wood working bench.

Here are the few pics I took while building it.

Thanks for looking

Friction fit, no glue yet

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#1 posted 11-19-2012 03:27 PM

That’s pretty. It seems shallow (front to back) to me.

I’m building my first as well, a plywood laminate mortice & tenon thingie I saw in some “special edition” magazine about workbenches.

Is that back piece a separate leaf (for lack of a better term)? Or is that just different stages of construction?

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#2 posted 11-19-2012 03:28 PM

This is a great looking bench you did a great job of making it.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 11-19-2012 03:33 PM

looks sturdy

-- Joel

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#4 posted 11-19-2012 03:45 PM

Mighty fine bench my friend.

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#5 posted 11-19-2012 03:51 PM

madwilliamflint – The over all dimensions of the top are about 24” wide with a 13” work surface and a 9” tool well and is about 72” long. So far the work surface has been big enough for what I have been doing. I guess if you are planning on building cabinets and large scale project you might want a larger work surface. Also the back piece I think you are referring to is just a support apron to help with lateral rigidity

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#6 posted 11-19-2012 04:27 PM

Nice job, nothing better than a homemade work bench.

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

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#7 posted 11-19-2012 06:13 PM

In my world “Functional is always better than pretty”
(I am a walking example. lol)
Who needs a high maintenance workbench ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#8 posted 11-20-2012 06:42 AM

good benck that will serve you well :-)
like the open ends on the tray makes it easy to clean


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#9 posted 11-20-2012 01:26 PM

Good looking bench.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 11-20-2012 02:35 PM

Well done! I have a few questions.

1. What is the functional purpose of the very wide front apron?
2. What are the dimensions of your tool well?
3. In use, do you like having the tool well?

I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a tool well to my bench, but would like to get some feedback before I do that.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#11 posted 11-20-2012 02:52 PM

Thanks for all the comments guys!

Brad – The wide aprons, on both the front and the back, are there for lateral stability. If you look at the first two pictures you can see the leg assemblies. These are set in a housing dado that is 1/2” deep. There are no stretchers that connect to two leg frame assemblies together. The tool well is about 2” deep and about 9” wide. I like having it there, since the bench top is quite narrow, 13”. It is nice to be able to push the tools off into the well when not in use, and it keeps them from sliding onto the floor. Also since the ends are open I can just sweep it out when it gets dirty.

Probably the only thing I would change would be to flush mount the main vise so I could clamp long boards for edge planing.

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#12 posted 12-03-2012 04:50 AM



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