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Easy Beginner Workbench for 150 dollars - FREE Sketchup Plan in Description

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This project was all about how to build a workbench with minimal tools from materials I could get from a Home Depot like store. I’m just a beginning woodworker and need to start building up my skills, tools and space around my new hobby. The table is 100% utilitarian and will later incorporate normal bench items like dog holes, vices and the like as I need them for projects. Utilizing easy to get materials and making a bench I could use my Honda to get the parts home played a large part in the design of this bench.

Measurements are 4’ x 2’ x 33” tall. I used leveling feet on the bottom of the workbench due to the less than level nature of my garage workshop and to get it off the porous concrete.

Materials:
1 sheet 3/4 plywood (8×4)
1 3/4 MDF cut to 2’x4’
1 hardboard cut to 2’x4’
4 2/4’s x 8 feet
2 4/4’s x 8 feet

Total cost was under 150 bucks for everything. Total build time was 2-3 days and very rewarding.

The video below better describes the process of the build from how it was planned to completion. Sketchup file is also downloadable from the below link and I hope this is helpful to some of you.

Next project will be a nightstand for my wife!

Full video here.
http://youtu.be/z4M4fr2qIEI

Link to the Sketchup plans here:
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9x99dtm6_V5MTZHTGFjRmFWMVE/edit?usp=sharing

-- Beau - www.gamingcoachx.com





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Joe

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#1 posted 364 days ago

Looks like a good solid workbench. Great job.

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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RaggedKerf

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#2 posted 363 days ago

Excellent work! I like the looks. I was thinking that video was not your first time at the rodeo. Veey well put together (bench and video!). Thanks for sharing!

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com

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SawdustTX

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#3 posted 363 days ago

Great bench – I like how you made the top thick and solid so you can put dog holes anywhere, mount the vise anywhere, etc. Your video quality is fantastic – great lighting, time-lapse, narration,and, even nice background music. I know the rough handlheld shaky video thing is in style right now (even some of the tool reviewers are doing it), but I really appreciate a well made video like yours! I’ll be looking for more of your videos.

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Dusty56

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#4 posted 363 days ago

The video was worth its weight in gold ! Hilarious : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 363 days ago

Nothing like a good solid bench to work off of.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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gsimon

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#6 posted 363 days ago

congratulations on your bench – i’m sure it will yield many wonderful projects!

-- Greg Simon

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BusterB

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#7 posted 363 days ago

I agree with Dusty….the video was a hoot. Have to like a woodworker who 1) admits he made a mistake and 2) can laugh about it. Super nice job on the video and the bench….stay safe

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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ScottKaye

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#8 posted 363 days ago

Arrgh.. You used the latest version of sketchup. My version sketchup 8 wont open the file. I have been resistant upgrading but I guess its time. By the way.. Nice job on the bench

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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Chedder

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#9 posted 362 days ago

Thanks all for the lovely comments. It was a fun first project, and will yield me many opportunities to revisit the bench to improve it as my projects dictate. I figured there was no point in building an elaborate Dog system into the top until I really need it and I can always find a way to secure my work to the bench if needed. Next project is going to be a maple top with walnut base night stand for my wife. Was thinking of a cool design were the top is all shiny and lovely with an angled post going into the middle of the stand. I’m sure pictures help but that will be for the next project.

-- Beau - www.gamingcoachx.com

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Marty Smoley

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#10 posted 354 days ago

Nice bench and video. I’m guessing by the green background you do other video. My brother and I have an indie video business as well. I’ll have to remember to incorporate that with the stuff I build like you did. I also am pretty new to the wood working thing. I used to dabble in it many years ago, but I think I will enjoy it more now. I’ll have to follow your progress. Keep up the good work :)

-- Marty, http://www.wickedpiggy.com

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