• Advertise with us
Project by tjscott posted 08-01-2008 12:43 AM 5190 views 23 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have completed my first workbench using a plan I got from a woodworking magazine. It is a “weekend” project, but with my luck, it took a little longer than that. It is made from 2 by materials that were trimmed to remove the rounded edges, a shelf made from 3/4 in MDF, a solid core door for the top from the markdown aisle at Home Depot, some poplar to wrap the top and a sheet of hardboard to give me a working surface that can easily be replaced when damaged. I hope to add some additional features, such as a vise, later as time and money permits.

-- Tom, Charlotte, North Carolina

18 comments so far

View Bob N's profile

Bob N

131 posts in 3977 days

#1 posted 08-01-2008 01:23 AM

Great job on the bench Tom. Wonderful craftsmanship and I love the design.

View clieb91's profile


3520 posts in 3985 days

#2 posted 08-01-2008 04:12 AM

NIce looking bench that should hold up well to many a project to come.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

View sIKE's profile


1271 posts in 3804 days

#3 posted 08-01-2008 04:42 AM

Nice work, you will find it very useful for years to come.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

View Chris 's profile


1879 posts in 4041 days

#4 posted 08-01-2008 05:38 AM

Looks good & sturdy…. A darn sight better than the bench I don’t have ;)

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

View Don46's profile


44 posts in 3652 days

#5 posted 08-01-2008 06:29 AM

This looks like a really useable, good looking, solid workbench. Would you mind estimating what the total cost of materials (and time if you can) was for this bench?
Nice work. Don

-- --Don, Folly Beach, SC

View SteveKorz's profile


2134 posts in 3764 days

#6 posted 08-01-2008 06:49 AM

Nice bench! I need an assembly table this size, I may just adopt your design. It looks great! thanks for the post!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

View Garyb6's profile


306 posts in 3680 days

#7 posted 08-01-2008 02:09 PM

I agree with Steve. This would be a good assembly table design. I may borrow as well. Thanks!!

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

View tjscott's profile


31 posts in 3854 days

#8 posted 08-01-2008 03:35 PM

Hey Don,

I would estimate that the total time was about 8 – 10 hours (as I had no help) and about $200 in materials.

I can look again to remember where I got the plans if anyone would like them. It wasn’t my own.


-- Tom, Charlotte, North Carolina

View Timber4fun's profile


218 posts in 3650 days

#9 posted 08-01-2008 03:43 PM

Very functional workbench. Looks sturdy and well built. That bench looks like it is ready to kick some @#$%. Sorry – its Friday and I get a bit carried away as the weekend approaches. Looks a little too clean for me. Throw some sawdust on there! Great job.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

View CharlieM1958's profile


16275 posts in 4268 days

#10 posted 08-01-2008 05:28 PM

Great sturdy and functional bench.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View Napaman's profile


5526 posts in 4127 days

#11 posted 08-01-2008 06:13 PM

this is great…i may also need to build this…great job…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 3723 days

#12 posted 11-04-2008 03:48 AM

That look like a strudy workbench!

View a1Jim's profile


117159 posts in 3627 days

#13 posted 05-12-2009 06:21 PM

It should do you well for some time well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View longgone's profile


5688 posts in 3358 days

#14 posted 05-14-2009 02:06 AM

I know you will get a lot of good use out of your workbench. Good Job!

View BobCysyk's profile


31 posts in 3109 days

#15 posted 01-24-2010 01:25 PM

Very nice job Tom. I bet it will see a lot of projects.

showing 1 through 15 of 18 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics