Simple Workbench

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Project by dat posted 05-14-2013 06:43 AM 2479 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is basically the fine woodworking bench that uses threaded rods to hold together cheap lumber. I decided to go with plywood instead of mdf and I had to make “4×4”s by glueing together 2×4s. Over all the table is very solid so I can’t complain there. It was cheap, easy, and lets me get started on some other projects.

This is the first thing I’ve made outside of a class so there is a lot of learning going on. :-)

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 09:59 AM

Great bench! It actually is a better workbench since you built it with the materials that you purchased. I was given a bench top of plywood glued and all I had to do was build the base and add a vise. You will enjoy it because it is rock solid and must weigh a ton!

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 12:36 PM

Well done!! Looks sturdy, it should serve you well.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 12:40 PM

Most of us started with something very similar for a workbench. Some of us, like me, still use ours many years into our woodworking journey.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 01:15 PM

Nice looking bench. You were right in doing this because a bench should be one of the first things that you build. This one will get you by for a good while. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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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#5 posted 05-14-2013 01:38 PM

Looks good to me brother.
Now that you have a nice bench, don’t take another 400 days to make some nice things to share ! lol

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 02:58 PM


Question: How many 2×4’s did you have to go through to find enough straight lumber?

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#7 posted 05-14-2013 06:02 PM

Awesome. You have no idea how much a solid basic bench will do for your work. It makes woodworking much more enjoyable. Good call to build it first before you get rolling on other projects. I got half-way through my first coffee table before I built mine. By that point I could barely walk from having to bend over so much, and I’m 25. Again, great call to build the bench, it should serve you well for years.

Just an idea, contact cement some thick and hearty leather from your local leather store to your vise jaws. That will help stabilize things in the vise and shouldn’t cost more than $30.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 05-14-2013 06:27 PM

I didn’t find straight lumber to be all that critical to this project. “Fairly straight” was straight enough.

Thanks for all the comments!

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#9 posted 05-14-2013 06:49 PM

Looks like a great bench. Not a criticism, but I am wondering why you put the vise on the end instead of the side. Welcome to LJ!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 05-14-2013 06:54 PM

Nice job!
That should serve you for many years to come.

I would add drawers under it for extra storage.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#11 posted 05-14-2013 07:45 PM

I like a practical approach to shop furnishings. I’m sure you’ll make some fancy stuff on it, though. One thing some folks do with plywood topped benches is cover it with a removable sheet of 1/4” masonite that can be replaced when it gets messed up.

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#12 posted 05-14-2013 08:51 PM

No workbench is simple! It’s the heart of a workshop. I would say that you invested more hours than expected. This workbench is nice looking and should serve you well.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#13 posted 05-14-2013 11:06 PM

Stefang I put the vise on the end because I figured it would let me clamp longer peices down. I put in a few bench dog holes since this picture was taken and I can add more further down the table as necessary. I can also put another one in the same direction on the back if I want.

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#14 posted 05-14-2013 11:47 PM

I built my bench recently and also chose to laminate plywood for the top. Now, if you ever want a bench with a glued up, solid wood top, you have a bench on which to make it. Enjoy the bench. It will serve you well.

-- Dave K.

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#15 posted 06-13-2013 01:47 AM

Nice solid bench. Well done.

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

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