Beginner's Workbench

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Project by nealius posted 03-08-2013 08:24 AM 2808 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 03-08-2013 12:30 PM

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 03-08-2013 12:37 PM

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

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 01:54 PM

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

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 01:57 PM

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

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 01:58 PM

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

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#6 posted 03-08-2013 08:10 PM

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 03-08-2013 10:02 PM

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 03-08-2013 11:25 PM

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

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#9 posted 03-09-2013 02:23 AM

Great bench, thanks for sharing

-- Norman

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#10 posted 03-09-2013 02:38 AM

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 03-09-2013 03:25 AM

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 03-09-2013 09:41 PM

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 03-16-2013 03:09 AM

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 03-19-2013 04:39 PM

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 03-19-2013 04:42 PM

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

-- - Terry

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