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Project by woodsyman posted 04-08-2013 05:36 PM 4173 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had to add this to my projects (sorry for those of you that have seen this already). I started this bench in 2008 and finished adding the end vise in 2012. This bench only cost around $300 in materials to build, wood is pine throughout. The only parts that aren’t pine are the front vise and crochet, both of white oak. Probably have more time gluing up parts than actual construction on this bench, but I estimate around 40hrs on it after all the work with the initial build, maybe another 8 or so on adding the end vice. If you enjoy working w/ hand tools, a bench like this will change the game radically.

Thanks to the team at Popular Woodworking for the article in a 2008 issue (not sure which one now). I built this bench specifically from the article in their magazine, the article was based on a Ruobo bench. Their design didn’t include an end vise, but I’d highly recommend adding one, they are extremely handy when used alone or with bench dogs/holds.

I’ve considered building and selling these, just because the market is pretty limited for work benches and they all seem fairly light. I want to know my bench will stay put when pushing the planes. Weighing in probably around 400lbs, she’s not going anywhere. But, shipping would probably cost more than to build.

-- Peace be with you!

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 05:40 PM

Beautiful bench! Thanks for sharing.

-- A craftsman is not judged by the tools they have, but rather by what they can do with what they have..

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 08:59 PM

Always a pleasure to see these beastly woodworker helpers, nice work enjoy!

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 09:10 PM

Beautiful bench. I wish I had time to build something like this. It seems that I never get around to it.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 09:17 PM


Beautiful bench, looks super sturdy and my next bench will be like this (probably at least 8 years from now), end/wagon vise for sure. Still undecided about the leg vise, although simple enough and economical.

Again, well done, thanks for sharing!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#5 posted 04-08-2013 10:27 PM

this bench is awesome – Great job
it would have to ship in 4 pieces or so on a pallet / crate
if it’s stackable it would reduce the cost
thanks for sharing

-- Greg Simon

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#6 posted 04-08-2013 10:57 PM

Awesome bench. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 04-08-2013 11:22 PM

Great job! Thanks for posting this! Congratulations!

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#8 posted 04-08-2013 11:44 PM

Excellent workbench, A+ work. Wouldn’t mind seeing more pics. Thanks for the post.
PS. If you had fun building it, build another and try to sell locally. Just a thought.

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#9 posted 04-09-2013 12:18 AM

I think you’ll find that it’ll be a labor of love more than a money making adventure. I read in the book The Workbench by Scott Landis that either he, or somebody he interviewed for the book, went in to a business building workbenches with a partner. At every show they took their benches to every person that showed interest was a woodworker…..duh? And they all said the same thing….I can build one of those. They didn’t sell too many benches and closed up shop not tool long after opening.

Just something to consider. A woodworker, by nature, wants to build everything they can.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#10 posted 04-09-2013 12:50 PM

Fantastic job with yours. I have to agree with Doug, I would build one myself (maybe not as nice). On the other hand a work bench is just a glorified dining room table, so maybe its a different product you could make and sell.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 04-09-2013 01:26 PM

looks a lot like the 200th issue of woodsmith. very nice bench

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#12 posted 04-09-2013 01:36 PM

This is a bulldog of a bench and it will serve you well for a life time.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 04-13-2013 12:25 PM

Woodsyman….NICE job! I’ve got a roubo in my future too….have a substantial pile of old barn beams I bought last summer in my garage just waiting on my schedule to come around.

I especially like how you’ve made use of that vast amount of dead space under the bench with storage…I was contemplating the same thing. For an 95% pine project it sure does have a lot of character too!

I’m heartened to hear it only took you 40 hours too!

-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........

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#14 posted 04-24-2013 11:45 PM

Been kicking around the idea of a pine top. I was afraid it would be too soft.

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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