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Workbench ala Paul Sellers

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Project by rpd posted 12-09-2013 03:00 PM 8518 views 9 times favorited 15 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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waho6o9

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#1 posted 12-09-2013 03:08 PM

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 12-09-2013 03:14 PM

Looks really good, nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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shipwright

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#3 posted 12-09-2013 03:57 PM

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 fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#4 posted 12-09-2013 04:06 PM

It will be a wonderful addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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weav

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#5 posted 12-10-2013 12:45 AM

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 12-10-2013 07:44 AM

Looks like a nice economical bench.

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

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arthurbvb

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#7 posted 12-10-2013 01:23 PM

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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rpd

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#8 posted 12-10-2013 03:47 PM

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

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KTMM (Krunkthemadman)

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#9 posted 12-14-2013 11:47 AM

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 12-27-2013 10:00 PM

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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RustyHacksaw

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#11 posted 07-15-2015 06:40 PM

Your bench is great. You did a great job. I just finished one as well. You are right, they are rock solid, and don’t budge a bit with heavy planing or chopping or anything.

You’re housing dado’s look very clean and well done. Mine look like a caveman chopped em, or maybe a beaver started chewing on it or something… but the’re not near as nice as yours.

Well done.

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dbockel2

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#12 posted 12-07-2015 03:49 PM

Beautiful! Did you do it all by hand like Sellers? I just watched the series of videos over the weekend and am also very much inspired to do a bench by hand.

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rpd

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#13 posted 12-07-2015 08:24 PM


You re housing dado s look very clean and well done. Mine look like a caveman chopped em, or maybe a beaver started chewing on it or something… but the re not near as nice as yours.

Well done.

- RustyHacksaw


I think the “clean” look to the housing dado’s is mostly an artefact of distance and less than stellar photography. ;-)
I did make a hand router with an extension on one side that helped but the bottoms of the dados were not pristine.
On the other hand they are concealed and no one will ever see them.
I did do a series of posts on the Shopsmith forum when I was building it that have more pictures and detail of the build. Woodwork Bench Build

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rpd

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#14 posted 12-07-2015 08:45 PM



Beautiful! Did you do it all by hand like Sellers? I just watched the series of videos over the weekend and am also very much inspired to do a bench by hand.

- dbockel2


It has been a while, I think I ripped a bit off the edges of the 2×4 s on the table saw to get rid of the rounded corners. If I was doing it again I don’t think I would bother as by the time I had planed the top flat and straight they would have been gone anyway. All the rest was done by hand.
It is a great intro to hand tools. I learned how to sharpen planes, chisels and handsaws and to make a router plane.
It is a wonderful project to learn skills on as in the end it does not need to be perfect, just functional.

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XquietflyX

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#15 posted 12-07-2015 08:50 PM

Great job,
looking at benches like that for so little cost makes me want to break down and build one.

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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