My Workbench

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Project by Gary Lucas posted 02-01-2013 09:56 PM 4758 views 17 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The workbench is 12 ft long with the following features.

1. Top is masonite which can be easily removed when damaged over 2×4 on edge for support with multiple vertical honeycomb MDF supports.

2. Top has a T slot running the length. This allows for easy connection of stops, or holddowns, or other tools that need temporary support. I have made use of T-slot so far with a lamp/magnifier, and stops/holddowns, and a holder for my Kreg Pocket hole jig.

3. The workbench has 3 vises and 20 electrical outlets on their own 20 amp service. ( i use a lot of power tools)

4. The workbench has 2 cupholders ( Before I seemed to knock over my drinks too often!)

5. The doors used up leftover pegboard and cover lots of additional storage space.

6. The back has built in paper towel holder along with cutout so you can sit with your legs under the bench.

7. The top overhang is enough to clamp to, but still allow easy access to outlets.

-- Go create sawdust

34 comments so far

View JoeinGa's profile


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#1 posted 02-01-2013 09:59 PM

Dude! Not only is that bench fantastic… Your shop is WAAAAAAYYYYY too organized!

Where’s the cupholders I didnt see ‘em :-)

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 10:11 PM

Wow, very nice! I am jealous!

One thing though, where is the sawdust?

Just kidding! Very well thought out!

-- Derec

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#3 posted 02-01-2013 10:35 PM

that thing is a monster – I love it. I need a set of outlets like that for sure – never need an extension cord again.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 10:53 PM

Nice work, Gary, I’d like to stop around and see your whole set up one day. Not sure what it would be like to walk into a shop where the sawdust isn’t up to your ankles!

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#5 posted 02-01-2013 11:39 PM

awesome bench,very well planned.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 11:58 PM

Paper towel holder? Cup holder? Pegboard? Outlets?

We are from different planets when it comes to workbenches.

Yours is clearly a labor of love, and well-thought-out to be exactly what you need a bench to be.

Congratulations to you, and well done. May it serve well for many, many years!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#7 posted 02-02-2013 12:09 AM

Dude, who needs 9 hammers?

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#8 posted 02-02-2013 01:11 AM

Moyle, uhh, the same person who needs 12 tape measures. Duh.

Gary, your bench leaves me almost speechless. Almost. I agree with Smitty. That, sir, is a labor of love. You set out to make a power tool bench and that you did. Fantastic.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#9 posted 02-02-2013 01:14 AM

Love this!

I just finished my own massive bench and WISHED I put in electric.

Oh yeah – AND cupholders. That’s a fantastic idea – you would have to have a dust cover built in as well to keep the wood chips out of your coffee! :-)

Great build!


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#10 posted 02-02-2013 01:16 AM

Sir you are welcome to come help me organize my shop when ever you are ready….very nice

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#11 posted 02-02-2013 01:31 AM

I aint jealous or nothing, but that bench is almost as big as my shop.. if it were in my shop would need to install a catwalk over it so I could get to the other side.. Guess its a good thing I don’t use many power tools.. that is one massive bench.. well done.. Papa


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#12 posted 02-02-2013 01:44 AM

Man, you could land a plane on that behemoth! :D Great looking job.

-- Art

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#13 posted 02-02-2013 01:52 AM

love to see some more photos and the back and the insides

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

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#14 posted 02-02-2013 02:16 AM

Finally, someone decided to build a BENCH!

-- Jason

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#15 posted 02-02-2013 02:36 AM

Wow that bench would not even fit in may shop! Congrats on the build.

-- HenryH - PA

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