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Moved into our new retirement house a few months ago. Came with a huge walkout basement, so finally able to have a dedicated workshop instead of using the garage. First project after getting my new machinery set up was this workbench. Found the plans on the Plans Now website. Top is made of three layers of 3/4” MDF. Legs are 4×4, stretchers and apron are 8/4 red oak. Attached a Jorgensen vise, and finished with two coats of boiled linseed oil. It weighs a ton. Can’t wait to start using it.

-- I'm a LumberJock and I'm OK.............. I sleep all night and I work all day !!





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redsox9

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#1 posted 11-11-2013 04:33 PM

Beautiful work, welcome to LumberJocks!

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 11-11-2013 04:34 PM

Well done ,it looks sturdy plus being very attractive .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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aussiedave

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#3 posted 11-11-2013 06:30 PM

A very nice bench, you should get a lot of work done using it…great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Diwayne

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#4 posted 11-11-2013 07:57 PM

Nice workbench. Hope you enjoy your retirement shop!

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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Theo

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

Well done, Congats.

Also, I know that you are enjoying the walk-out as your workshop. Awesome! I made the same transition 15 years ago.

My old workbench needs a resurface of the top by adding a 3/4” layer of MDF.

My existing plywood top surface has become a little wavy after several sanding & refinishing steps over the past 25 years. Its a three layer buildup with a 3/4” particle board foundation, 2×4s laid flat – jointed, hand planed – then 3/4” plywood top to complete a three inch thick sandwich. I attached a Record vise, the weigh is substantial, and the base is solid. I always missed the lack of holes for stops, but sometimes that could be annoying.

I would do it differently today, but needless to say it has lasted since the early 90s. I suppose it could be parked on the sidelines, and a new primary workbench could be an easier build. Floor space always being a challenge.

Your bench has stimulated some thoughts.

-- Theo -- Belleville, MI

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jeff

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#6 posted 11-11-2013 09:35 PM

very nice bench.you will love it…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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Monte Pittman

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

Well done. Looking forward to your projects.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 11-11-2013 10:53 PM

Stellar job on the work bench…..A good stout bench is a “must have” in any workshop…..A bench that wobbles or racks is of no use, especially if you do handtool work…..Now all you need is a cabinet full of drawers under it, and you’re good to go…...That’s the way I built my main bench about 5 years ago…....You can keep all your measuring, marking, and layout tools right there at the bench so they are handy…....Adds plenty of storage w/ pull out drawers, and so handy….....!!!!!!!!!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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MatthewG

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#9 posted 11-12-2013 03:03 AM

That bench looks—and must be—H-E-A-V-Y. I want one!

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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larryw

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#10 posted 11-12-2013 03:04 AM

Beautiful bench, great craftsmanship.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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hoss12992

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#11 posted 11-12-2013 03:08 AM

Great job. I look forward to seeing your future projects

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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dnick

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#12 posted 11-12-2013 04:41 AM

Great bench. That’s going to last a long time.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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Rick

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#13 posted 11-12-2013 06:23 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Vince

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#14 posted 11-12-2013 08:03 AM

Great bench

-- Vince

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Sandra

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#15 posted 11-12-2013 11:33 AM

Nice, nice nice! It’s amazing what a difference a good bench makes.

Well done.

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

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