Workbench ala Paul Sellers

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Project by rpd posted 264 days ago 2699 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After watching the Building a Workbench – with Paul Sellers on YouTube and reading his book I was inspired to build this workbench last winter (2013).

The wood is construction grade pine 2×4’s, cost $50 Canadian for the wood.
Dimensions 5’ long, 2’ wide, 37” high.

I will be adding a leg vise in the future.

As it stands this bench is rock solid and a pleasure to work on.

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#1 posted 264 days ago

That’s an awesome bench. Thanks for showing the wedge that

holds the top down. Is that the only holding mechanism?

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#2 posted 264 days ago

Looks really good, nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 264 days ago

Great bench and not expensive either.
Looks like you did a nice job on the top.
Good bang for the buck here.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#4 posted 264 days ago

It will be a wonderful addition 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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#5 posted 263 days ago

Real nice. When I seen an earlier post of one of these I decided I need to make one. I don’t have a wood bench. I really like that design. I don’t have room for one but I’m going to build one anyway. Good job on getting yours done!

-- jerry

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#6 posted 263 days ago

Looks like a nice economical bench.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 263 days ago

I was also inspired by Paul Sellers and build a bench from pine after watching one of his excellent video’s. Looks very good. Nice

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#8 posted 263 days ago

Waho6o9, The aprons are bolted to the legs (one bolt in each leg) and the wedges lock the aprons in the dadoes in the back of the aprons to prevent wracking. The top and the well board are glued to the sides of the aprons and are fastened to the bearers with screws from the bottom. How to Build a Workbench – Apron Recesses

#9 posted 259 days ago

Great bench, ain’t it? I have one very similar that I built out of red oak. I’m looking to modify it more soon and will likely update my 2 year old blog with some insight.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#10 posted 246 days ago

Looks awesome. I must have stumbled on the same Sellers video and thought to myself this is it. I love the wedged dado’s for the legs, simple and effective. Also, knowing that it can be broke down easily is huge. I had to leave my first real bench behind in a recent move, and really don’t want to do it ever again. Thanks for the post.

-- Marc

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