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Project by SuperCubber posted 457 days ago 1793 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first real workbench! I finished it over the winter, but am now just getting around to posting it.

The trestle legs are made from some reclaimed shipping timbers and the stretchers are made from 2×6 construction lumber. The top is 2 layers of 3/4 inch plywood, 1 layer of 1/2 inch plywood and a hardboard sacrificial top. It’s held together with 1/2 dowels and 5 inch lag screws.

It has 2 rows of dog holes now, but I don’t have a picture of them.

Hope it provides inspiration to others!

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#1 posted 457 days ago

I believe that bench will work.

From your handle I presume I’m not the only one that’s been a Scouter for a long time.

If you’re still working with Webelos, I’ve a pattern for Bluebird houses, when kitted properly, satisify the woodworking requirement with little danger to the Scouts. Handtools only at the Den meeting.

Making kits goes faster with a chop or table saw. Can be made with ?”x6”x6’ cedar fence material.

Over 350 made in the last 10 years. Make one to keep, and one for the Bluebird trail @ the Scout Ranch.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#2 posted 457 days ago

great bench,looks’ll last a long time.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 457 days ago

Super looking bench,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 457 days ago

Nice bench. I really like using reclaimed timbers. I’m new to woodworking so never really thought of a sacrificial top. Thanks for posting.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#5 posted 457 days ago

KsSlim: I like your idea for using the fence boards for the build. However, the “cubber” in my name has to do with flying a Piper Super Cub. Thanks for the comment!

XrayJay: I can’t claim the sacrificial top as my idea. I’ve seen several other guys/gals do the same thing, but it sure comes in handy (and cheap) when it gets banged up. I got these reclaimed timbers for a total of $10! I’m not sure what type of wood they are (some kind of Spruce or Pine, I think), but the guy selling them has hundreds!

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#6 posted 457 days ago

It’s a very nice bench and will serve you for a long time, maybe a lifetime.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#7 posted 457 days ago

Thanks, Charles!

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#8 posted 442 days ago

Great job. I like the idea of a sacrificial top. Well done.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#9 posted 442 days ago

I tip my hat to your practicality. I wonder how many guys have damaged a fancy bench top and wished they’d but a sacrificial sheet of masonite on it.

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#10 posted 442 days ago

Thanks, guys! I was trying to find the balance between practicality, aesthetics, cost and strength. It’s by no means perfect, but it meets and exceeds my needs so far.

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#11 posted 157 days ago

Nice workbench. I like the hardboard top, that is a great idea.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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