New Workbench

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Project by bentium posted 12-24-2012 03:54 AM 2294 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench I just finished as a new addition to my small shop. I adopted features from many designs online or in magazines. As I can only work on it during weekends, the whole build last a bit over a month. The Sketchup design (second pic) saved me a lot of time, and the final product ended up just slightly different. The bench measures 24-1/4”(W) x 60”(L) x 33-3/4”(H). The base was finished with Watco wipe-on varnish and the top with Minwax tung oil finish.

To follow my philosophy to build shop furniture within budget, the whole bench was built using salvaged lumbers. The middle of the workbench is a reclaimed 1-1/2” think laminated maple counter top (18” x 48”), supported by a frame that includes two 6” long 18” wide and 3” thick laminated maple end blocks. The base was built using reclaimed joist lumbers (some fir, some pine, and some spruce). The end vise hardware (Woodcraft) and the face vise (HarborFreight) are the only “new” purchases for the bench. I would estimate the cost for the whole bench to be below $150.

I promised to mention my 11-year-old son in this post as he complained that I forgot to mention him in my last (and only) post :-). He accompanied me many hours in the workshop, and helped whenever he could. I am glad that he also enjoys working with wood :)

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#1 posted 12-24-2012 03:59 AM

One Word…...SWEET

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#2 posted 12-24-2012 04:00 AM

looks very nice!!!!!!

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#3 posted 12-24-2012 04:04 AM

That is a great looking bench. It looks masterfully constructed,great joinery and it looks like you put some thought in arranging the wood to get a good effect from the differing colours.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 12-24-2012 04:04 AM

That’s a GREAT looking bench. I like that it is from reclaimed lumber—Very Nice. Awesome that your son is helping in the shop.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 12-24-2012 04:13 AM

Beautiful bench super job.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 12-24-2012 04:13 AM

That’s a beautiful, beautiful job.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#7 posted 12-24-2012 01:05 PM

Great work, anyone would be proud to have a bench as this, thanks for sharing.

-- Pete in NC

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#8 posted 12-24-2012 01:47 PM

awesome bench

-- Joel

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#9 posted 12-24-2012 04:32 PM

seems like you incorporated a number of ideas that I’ve been considering in the bench that I’m planning.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#10 posted 12-24-2012 05:53 PM

I am right in the middle of building my workbench. You have provided some great ideas to incorporate into mine.
Great looking bench!

-- From Plastics to Wood

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#11 posted 12-25-2012 12:11 AM

nice work … may it serve you well with lots of chips and dust -dip to the curled shavings :-)


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#12 posted 12-25-2012 03:37 PM

Beautiful, and made with reclaimed wood to boot! Excellent.

-- --bch

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#13 posted 12-26-2012 12:21 AM

Very well done and do keep mentioning your son. Maybe let us know his name???

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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