Woodsmith workbench

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Project by DavidH posted 385 days ago 3021 views 12 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woodsmith bench, plans are available from the woodsmith shop tv show ,free, here

Wood: Douglas Fir and MDF, one piece of cherry for the vise.

I’ve posted two articles on my blog describing the build process:
Part 1
Part 2

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#1 posted 384 days ago

You’ll have that thing forever David.

-- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. -

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#2 posted 384 days ago

That’s great, I could use one of these! Do you recall what the approx cost for the lumber (minus vice) was?

Also, how well does MDF stand up when you drill dog holes in it? I have always been skeptical about using MDF for a bench top thinking that the MDF around the dog holes would eventually start to crumble when you apply clamping pressure.

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#3 posted 384 days ago

JRAP - Thanks, thats the hope, im curios how the mdf top will hold up, my plan is to fill small gashes with epoxy and larger misshaps with a dutchman then refresh with BLO. Ill try to post back in a year or so and let everyone know how its holding up.

Vrtigo1 - I’ll try to let you know how it holds up over time, the drilling went fine, chamfered the edges of the holes to keep them from tearing out. As for the cost I bought 10 2”x8”x10’ Douglas Fir boards from my hardwood supplier I belive the cost was just under $200. Don’t use SYP or similar as it two light of a wood in my opinion.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#4 posted 384 days ago

very nice workbench. i also like that design
well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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Mark E.

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#5 posted 384 days ago

Very nice. Looks very heavy and stable.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 384 days ago

Nice workbench. Looks solid and very useful. The shelf on the bottom will come in very handy too.

According to Douglas fir weighs on average 36 lb/ft3 while SYP weighs between 36 and 42 lb/ft3?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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matt garcia

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#7 posted 384 days ago

Looks sturdy!! Man I miss woodworking!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#8 posted 384 days ago

Very nice build. That’ll last ya a long, long time.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 384 days ago

excellent bench
i see many more projects on the horizon!

-- Greg Simon

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#10 posted 384 days ago

Nice job, a great asset to your future woodworking.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 384 days ago

Great build, photos and captions on picasa.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#12 posted 384 days ago

i made one also,downsized it to fit my small shop,you will love it !...

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#13 posted 384 days ago

That’s a great looking bench! Definitely on my to do list!

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#14 posted 384 days ago

Looks great! I downloaded plans after seeing the build on the tv show (maybe rerun). Just got to get it built! I’ve got some commercial solid doors I will try to use for top.

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#15 posted 384 days ago

Great job! I’d love to build one of these

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