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Project by Paul posted 03-13-2007 09:05 PM 3958 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Three to five years ago(?), American Woodworker Magazine had an “Ultimate Workbench” as a cover story. It was basically three plywood boxes bound together as a heavy solid base with a frame and panel exterior applied to conceal the boxes. Each “box” was open on the front and provided space for under bench storage. In the magazine, the two end boxes had doors concealing three interior drawers and the center box held three exposed doors.

I created my own “Craftsman/Mission” style exterior shell and eliminated the doors on the outer boxes. I took the bench top from my previous bench and mounted it on this new base. Except for the quartersawn veneer and 2/3rds of the drawers slides, much of this bench was created from “found” wood in oak pallets, plywood and even a particle board desk top & ping pong table top that was being thrown away. Too cheap to buy the reproduction craftsman drawer pulls, I designed and made my own.

-- Paul, Texas

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 03-13-2007 10:26 PM

I noticed that in your workshop. Looks pretty darn good to.

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#2 posted 03-13-2007 10:30 PM

nice, and functional too. That might get me to actually put my tools away. ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 03-14-2007 12:11 AM


Must be nice to be able to make a workbench out of Quarter Sawn Oak!!!!!! It looks great and very functional…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 03-14-2007 12:23 AM

I always like pictures of a shop covered in dust and other ‘crap’. This is an honest photo of an honest shop. A few knocks here, and some spilled glue there – yes – this is my kind of work space!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 03-14-2007 01:12 AM

Don, you’d be right at home in my shop. Or my dads, or my grandfathers. Dusty and full of “crap.” But oh, the stuff that we can get out of them!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 03-14-2007 02:04 AM

Nice Bench paul

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 03-14-2007 04:19 AM

Thanks for the compliments – but just to be clear (max above) – it’s quartersawn oak veneer! see the bubbles where I tried contact cement in a cold garage!

-- Paul, Texas

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#8 posted 03-14-2007 04:24 AM

Well executed.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 03-14-2007 01:13 PM

this sure doesn’t look like it was made from “scraps” and reclaimed materials.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 03-14-2007 02:27 PM

Everything you see is veneer. The “rails” and “stiles” are 1/4” veneer mock frames with quatersawn oak sheet veneer over the plywood as “panels.”

-- Paul, Texas

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#11 posted 03-17-2007 04:24 AM

Nice heavy duty bench, Paul. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 03-17-2007 07:42 PM

A nice bench. Can you make us all one?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#13 posted 01-15-2008 10:52 PM

I think that is gorgeous!

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#14 posted 04-03-2008 08:13 PM

“Old World” is what comes to mind. Fancy work bench Nah! Nice.

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