My First Project: My First Workbench

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Project by thefrozenwoodworker posted 02-12-2013 11:24 AM 4476 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first woodworking project. I have to credit Paul Sellers book “Working Wood 1 & 2”. I was enamored with the idea of starting out by building a bench to learn and work upon. So, I built this as my first woodworking project, all hand-tools (except a power drill for boring because I do not own a brace yet). I have since learned it is a “Nicholson” style bench? It is primarily building grade pine with Douglas fir legs. The vise is a “large” size front-vise from Woodcraft. The back tool well is actually free-floating and wedged with a piece of Aspen in the back, which acts as a tool-pillow. It is stable and solid. I learned a lot (please don’t look too closely at my through-tenon work!) which I think was the best part of having this as my introduction to woodworking.

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#1 posted 02-12-2013 12:22 PM

Welcome to LJs. Nice workbench, great job building it. Have a good time using it now. Looking forward to seeing many great projects made on this bench.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 02-12-2013 04:58 PM

Stout looking bench, good job and welcome to LJ’s!

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#3 posted 02-12-2013 07:52 PM

Great first project! If you’re gonna work the wood, you gotta have a bench. Welcome to LJ’s. By the way, most woodworkers don’t try through tenons on their first job. I’m impressed.

-- Cats, beer and wood...perfect.

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#4 posted 02-13-2013 02:50 AM

Looks Great!
Nice Job!

-- Chuck

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#5 posted 02-13-2013 03:29 AM

Great 1st project. Sounds like it will meet your needs for a long time

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 02-13-2013 03:42 AM

Looks like a dang fine start to me….Nice build frozen.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 02-13-2013 04:06 AM

Great bench, froze! And I hope you realize the tear outs aren’t important there, but the fit is. Those look like great joints. Did you watch his video on building that bench? Gotta confess, it’s got me planning on building one too.

Also love yer shop, and its cleanliness.

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#8 posted 02-13-2013 09:43 AM

great bench ,will last you a while ,and wecome to LJs ,dont think you will go wrong with Paul Sellers

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 02-13-2013 11:45 AM

Great first project. seeing you are new and will work primarily with hand tools. One word of advice always keep two hands on your chisels. Welcome to LJ’s

-- Billp

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#10 posted 02-13-2013 02:01 PM

Great bench, I have one just like it and it has served me well.

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#11 posted 02-13-2013 04:23 PM

Leprechaun: I found a few videos after I had started, I wish I had seen them before hand! The video on chopping mortises (also shown by Peter Follansbee and Roy Underhill) behind plate glass was very informative to get me started.

Billp: Lesson learned! I already stuck a chisel into my left index finger… fortunately, I tend to have gloves on (due to the cold!), so it could have been worse. The band-aid helped as a memory aid to pay attention to my “downstream hand placement”. On a positive note: boy was that chisel sharp!

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#12 posted 02-14-2013 03:06 PM

this looks like an excellent workbench. nice work.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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