Beginner's Workbench

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Project by nealius posted 538 days ago 2467 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Everyone!

This is the workbench I recently completed. I followed the plans on HERE.

I had a hard time finding untreated 4×4s in town and had to settle for some that were less than ideal. But I think it turned out ok, and overall I’m pleased with the bench. I still have to pick out a front vise. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 538 days ago

a solid start. For a front vise on a budget you could use a moxon style built into the skirt of the bench

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#2 posted 538 days ago

That is my kind of bench, sturdy and something you will not be afraid to use.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 538 days ago

Great job!! This is a good start. Welcome to LJ’s and thanks for sharing.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 538 days ago

There are many choices. I have been using this Winton vise and would recommend it

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#5 posted 538 days ago

I love it! My kind of bench too, have fun gettin’ it messy! Keep the bench simple and the projects challenging!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#6 posted 538 days ago

Hello nealius,
please if can give me the dimensions of your workbench, thank you.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#7 posted 538 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments.

I built this per the dimensions on the plans, so 62” x 24” x 33 5/8”. Here is the direct link to the pdf plans:

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#8 posted 538 days ago

Nice workbench. Like the tool box on the bottum shelf too.

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#9 posted 538 days ago

Great bench, thanks for sharing

-- Norman

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#10 posted 538 days ago

My bench is similar to those plans too. I highly, highly recommend attaching a hardwood border around it. That MDF edge would get beat to crap over time. Plus it will look nicer.

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#11 posted 538 days ago

Agree on the hardwood border. It will really dress it up and you probably need it to mount a vice. I have thought about building an MDF bench but I’m concerned about dog holes holding up over time.

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#12 posted 537 days ago

Hello nealius,
thanks for your answer.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#13 posted 531 days ago

Nice build Nealius I have built three versions of that bench. My workbench, modified the plans for an out feed table and my lathe stand. These benches are solid. You may have to tighten the rods a bit after the legs dry a bit more in your shop.

-- mrg

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#14 posted 527 days ago

I built the same bench recently, and I love it! I grabbed the Eclipse 7” quick release vise from woodcraft on sale after Christmas.

-- Byer-- "Comparison is the thief of joy" -- T.R. Roosevelt

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#15 posted 527 days ago

Good job. You’re a step ahead of me. I still don’t have a “proper woodworking bench”

-- - Terry

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