Work Bench and drawers

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Project by WisconsinWoodsman posted 11-07-2013 06:14 PM 2533 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,

This is my first project that I finished a while ago and am just now getting around to posting it. Please excuse all of the junk on top of the bench but the inspiration came from Matthias Wandel of fame as the bench is a direct build from the plans he has on the website save for the fact I used two sheets of OSB instead of a solid core door as I had a few sheets left over from a project on my parents house. I changed up the drawer sizes from the drawers he made but otherwise used his design.

I made the drawers out of 1x pine and 1/2” A/C plywood for the bottoms of the drawers. I made the drawer fronts out of pallet wood I got from work. I used finger joints for the drawers which turned out to be a lot of work but I am sure then will be very sturdy for years to come. I made some dividers for 3 of the drawers out of 1/8” hardboard which have worked nicely to organize small parts. I put two coats of the Tried & True Original finish on the drawer fronts and a coat of oil based poly on the drawers. I painted the bottoms of the drawers with Kilz and then Dutch boy Expresso exterior paint.. The handles for the drawers are made from hard maple and also finished with the Tried & True, the design for which I also got from Woodgears.

I built a cage so to speak under the frame for the drawers out of pressure treated lumber so that the drawers would be elevated up off of the ground even though you can’t really see it from the pictures. This project took me way longer than I had anticipated due to a few snags that came up along the way and the improvisations. These alterations include the drawer dividers and the fact that I didn’t initially place runners along the top portion of the drawers so the drawers could move side to side and snag on the frame.

I have seen some really beautiful work here on lumber jocks and I know I have a long way to go before I start to actually truly become an artisan but I enjoyed working on this project and it has served me well for the last 5 months or so. Please leave feedback good or bad or any ideas that may improve the design as I feel that this could maybe help someone else who plans to use this design for their own project.

Thank you all in advance and have a wonderful afternoon!

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 07:45 PM

Looks good! i built one of mattias’s benches some time back, its currently shoved in a corner of my basement with a lot of.junk piled on top. been planning to build the drawer bank underneath sometime just havent gotten around to it.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi"

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 08:30 PM

Great job. Love the drawers underneath.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 11:33 PM

Love the extra storage and the fact you reclaimed wood for this

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 11:36 PM

Impressive bench great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 11:53 PM

Great looking, practical work bench.

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

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#6 posted 11-08-2013 12:48 AM

Thanks for the comments guys, I have a few other projects I have completed and will post when I get around to it.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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#7 posted 11-08-2013 03:14 AM

now thats some storage

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#8 posted 11-08-2013 03:17 PM

I think it looks great man! I want one.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Rick Dennington

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#9 posted 11-08-2013 03:57 PM

A good work bench is a must have in any shop…...A bench that will hold up to the ponding, scraping, planeing, etc. needs to be stout and strong, and one that won’t rack when worked on…...And adding storage draws underneath is just “icing on the cake”.....You can keep all your marking and layout tools right there and not have to chase them down, wondering where they got off to…....Drawers are a must, also…....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."

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#10 posted 11-08-2013 04:26 PM

That’s a fine looking bench and will be a wonderful asset to your shop. Congratulations.

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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#11 posted 11-08-2013 09:36 PM

Something like that you want in your kitchen or library, not in a garage.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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