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Project by gsimon posted 533 days ago 2621 views 12 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All
I finally finished my work bench for my new shop
I read that it’s not a right of passage for a newbie woodworker to make their first bench as it requires many skills not needed for beginner projects and there is no bench to build it on in the first place. While I believe this wholeheartedly i was swooned by the beautiful benches made in the woodworking magazines and on this site

It’s 58” wide x 27.75” deep x 35.625” high
The criteria was to make it completely from reclaimed wood.
It’s almost entirely made of oak from institutional door jams that i picked up at a salvage yard
The racing stripe in the center top is walnut flanked by two pieces of maple
The drawer cabinet was $5 Baltic Birch ply from the discount bin at a box store (bad idea as it was bowed)
The drawers are from old T&G cedar
Rubbed down with Min-wax Tung Oil
All hardware is new – Groz bench vises, carriage bolts with lock and flat washers, antique pewter look drawer pulls
All said and done I spent under $200 and learned an awful lot
Cheers

-- Greg Simon





14 comments so far

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HallTree

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#1 posted 533 days ago

I like it. My kind of workbench. Heavy duty, very practical, and stright forward.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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LeChuck

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#2 posted 533 days ago

Very nice! It looks really solid.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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Bill Lattanzio

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#3 posted 533 days ago

Looks good and has a bit of a Shaker quality to it. Good luck with it!

-- Bill L, PA, www.confusedwoodworker.wordpress.com I don't believe in isms, I just believe in me.

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Natalie

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#4 posted 532 days ago

Nice job! Use it well!

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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bowtie

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#5 posted 532 days ago

Great looking bench, good use of the old lumber. And WOW only 200 bucks!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru.... cccedar.com

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crank49

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#6 posted 532 days ago

Very nice indeed.
I have a pair of Groz vises just like yours. I did offset the end vise toward the front, but otherwise very similar setup. I really like mine so I am sure you will be happy with that arrangement.
Nice storage as well.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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map

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#7 posted 532 days ago

Great looking bench, especially for a self proclaimed newbe. You should get many years of productive use out of it. Keep up with the good work.

-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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jeff

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#8 posted 532 days ago

great bench and nice storage on the bottom…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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waho6o9

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#9 posted 532 days ago

Good job GSimon!

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Fishinbo

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#10 posted 529 days ago

Looks great and very sturdy. Like the build and design specially the additional storage. You’re on to a great start.

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 529 days ago

That workbench is nice and should serve you from now on. Congratulations on a job well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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hoss12992

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#12 posted 514 days ago

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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AJswoodshop

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#13 posted 505 days ago

Looks great! I’m sure it will come in handy, especially those bench dogs!

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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timbertailor

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#14 posted 47 days ago

I wish I could store more wood. I never seem to have the space to store it when I run across a deal, and never seem to be able to find any when I do need it.

I am moving soon so I am really looking forward to having a large workbench like yours in my new garage.

Thanks for posting. I really like it.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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