First Workbench

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Project by terryR posted 250 days ago 3429 views 14 times favorited 53 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone, here’s my first attempt at a Workbench…I’ve become hooked on using hand tools over the past year, so needed something sturdy to help my addiction. :)

This build started as a copy of Paul Sellers’ beginner bench, but gained mass and a leg vise along the way. The core is built from Borg 2×10’s cut and pasted together since they are cheap and obtainable. I added maple and red oak for the leg vise and other parts.

Total size is 30×60” and 36” tall. The tool well is about 8” of that 30. Legs are 5.25” square for solid footing. All mortise and tenon construction, pegged with Brazilian Ironwood where visible, wood screws used where not visible.

More photos in the Blogs

Thanks for looking. Comments and suggestions are always welcomed.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#1 posted 250 days ago

Nice!!! Congrats, Terry, it looks like a fine bench.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#2 posted 250 days ago

Great bench Terry! Great lead shot with the Bondo pose!!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#3 posted 250 days ago

Great job Terry. It really looks nice.

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#4 posted 250 days ago

Great workbench Terry. I can see a lot of proud time in it. Maybe you should add a pillow and take a nap.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#5 posted 250 days ago

Really nice bench! I am sure you will enjoy it for many years.

Take care,


-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#6 posted 250 days ago

Nice looking bench Terry, but obviously not long enough to stretch out on. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#7 posted 250 days ago

Thanks, guys. This one is certainly just for starters! The next will be long enough to stretch out and knap! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 250 days ago

I love that the Bondo pose is the first one lol That leg vise looks pretty sweet with the cap on it

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#9 posted 250 days ago

Well done TR, me likey a lot.

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#10 posted 250 days ago

Very nice bench. If you weren’t working on something sturdy before, you’ll be amazed at the difference.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#11 posted 250 days ago

The oak on the leg vice really makes the bench. Well done!!

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#12 posted 250 days ago

Yeah, it would be sweet to have an entire bench from Oak. I love the stuff.

Sandra, I love working on it already! That’s why it took so long to finish…Hey, there’s still time for YOUR Bondo pose on your new bench, which is awesome, BTW!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#13 posted 249 days ago

Looks good and sturdy—that should do just great!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 249 days ago

Looks solid, good job

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#15 posted 249 days ago

The BEST bench is the one that suits YOU! Bravo, for making a bench that does just that. Though like the rest of us, I fear you are bound to make more. Bwooohahahaha!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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