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Project by Chad256 posted 05-28-2013 02:22 PM 5262 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my workbench that I made a couple of months ago. The “finishing” got put off for other projects but finally got around to it. The frame is all western red cedar, the shelf and top is MDF and the trim on the top is red oak.

The legs are 4” with lap joints for the rails. The top is 3/4” MDF doubled up to 1 1/2”. I trimmed it out in red oak to protect the sides of the MDF. For the finish on the frame I used 3 coats of poly to bring out the color and grain pattern (I don’t think the pictures do it justice). I wanted something different for the top so I brushed on some gunstock stain and 4 coats of shellac to give it some protection from wear and tear.

I added a small woodworking vise with reclaimed pallet oak for the faces and some 3/4” dog holes. It has been a great addition to my small shop. It’s about 60” X 24” and comes in about a half inch below my table saw top to double as an out feed table.

As always, thanks for looking and giving your feedback!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#1 posted 05-28-2013 02:40 PM

Very nice!

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#2 posted 05-28-2013 02:45 PM

Solid. TWITA

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 03:03 PM

Great bench! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 03:33 PM

thanks for sharing the good inspiration

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 03:38 PM

You are going to like that. And I bet it is heavy enough that it won’t move around.
I can see that bottom shelf filling up with all kinds of stuff. Neat.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 05:41 PM

Thanks for all the comments guys. It is very solid. It’s square, level and heavy…what more does a man need out of a workbench!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#8 posted 05-28-2013 09:46 PM


-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#9 posted 05-29-2013 12:11 AM

very nice bench…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#11 posted 05-29-2013 02:40 AM

Thanks guys!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#12 posted 05-29-2013 12:47 PM

I really like that bench. Its simple design but will handle a lot of projects. I really need to make one, so I will be using yours as a pattern.

-- jerry

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#13 posted 05-29-2013 01:52 PM

Jerry – That’s a wonderful comment. Thank you. If you use Google Sketch-up I drew it out there. It may not be the exact size you are looking for but it will give you details about the construction. Thanks again

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#14 posted 05-29-2013 01:54 PM

It’s a nice bench and will serve you well.

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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#15 posted 05-29-2013 02:00 PM

Thanks Charles…I don’t know how I ever done without it…

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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