Rock-solid plywood bench

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Project by kapanen posted 12-08-2013 09:23 PM 4262 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this bench from fine woodworking instructions. Followed what they outlined precisely. I did not make any alterations to their instructions / diagrams.

Instructions can be found on their site under benches…”rock-solid plywood bench”.

Was pretty straight forward. Took a bit of time simply because there is a lot of glueing. Other than that, there wasn’t any surprises or hick ups.

Mounting the vise was a pain, but that was expected.

I applied one coat of poly on the mdf….as a protectant / sealer.

Costs were as followed:

2 sheets of 3/4 maple ply from Home Depot…..45 each…90
1 sheet of 3/4 mdf from home depot….35
Gallon of tite bond…..20
3” deck screws…..10
Vise brand new off of craigslist….50
Popular edging….17

I plan on adding two shelves and of course some dog holes after the holidays.

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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#1 posted 12-08-2013 09:43 PM

Nice bench, i like it a lot. I hope the poplar edging wirks out for you but I suspect a harder wood like a maple may be a better long term choice.

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 10:33 PM

Looks like a winner ,well done.

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#3 posted 12-08-2013 10:44 PM

Nice job….looks like a handy addition to your shop.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-09-2013 03:42 AM

A good solid simple bench.
Well done, now we await the fine work it will produce.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 11-07-2015 07:35 AM

kapanen…well you’ve had the bench for a bit now. What’s the report? How heavy duty is it? How “rock solid” is it? My current bench has seen better days and I need something new. I had thought about this plan, but wasn’t sure if it would hold up to hand planing…etc.


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#6 posted 11-07-2015 12:31 PM

It has held up with no issues. I have added dog holes and a pullout shelf. I have no complaints. The build was very straightforward and easy and end results are great.

A shelf not only added a place for more tools, but some additional rigidity. The only thing that I immediately noticed was that getting glue on the surface and scraping off would damage the top. I now place a piece of wax paper under all of my glue ups. But of course if in a few years I need to replace the top, it would be nothing to do.

The popular edge banding has also held up fine.

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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