My First Woodworking Project - A Workbench

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This is my first ever woodworking project and my first entry into the world of Thanks in advance for all of the great content in here, it’s hugely helpful to a rookie like me.

I started considering woodworking a couple months ago. Through the holidays I read two beginner books and devoured online video content every moment I wasn’t working or being attacked by my little ones. I chose for my first project the same thing I’m sure most folks choose, a simple workbench. I’ve used the Getting Started in Woodworking website for a ton of info this past month, so I chose their Simple Sturdy Workbench video and plans. Thank you Asa Christiana! Despite many exciting hiccups along the way, I’m really happy with how it came out.

I bought some basic tools via this project (circ saw, router, random orbit sander, drill press, couple jigs, squares, countersink bit, etc), and of course I’ve got the bug so I’m dreaming of a table saw, miter saw, planer and jointer, but my wife is already ready to kill me so one thing at a time.

Next up – a shoe cabinet for the garage…

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 02:29 PM

Nice workbench, looks like a great start.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 01-14-2014 02:39 PM

Welcome aboard the woodworking express! Now you’re going to wonder where all your spare time has gone. Great job on the the workbench. My first project (15 yrs ago) was my workbench, and I still use it to this day.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 02:57 PM

Good looking bench, much better than my first one.

-- arnies

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 03:02 PM

Nice work great looking bench.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 03:10 PM

Well it looks like you have the skill to assemble a good looking bench. This really look sturdy and well put together, can’t say enough about a good work bench you’ll enjoy the added comfort and easy it provide during all aspect of building projects. Welcome to the site looking forward to seeing all your project.

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#6 posted 01-14-2014 03:28 PM

Well now you can build and post your future 2cd project with the help of this well constructed bench, nice job and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 03:36 PM

It’s really nice and will be a great addition to your shop. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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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#8 posted 01-14-2014 03:36 PM

Good solid bench – and a good choice as a first project. This will make all your subsequent projects much easier to complete. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Dave K.

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#9 posted 01-14-2014 03:42 PM

nothing like having a work bench to get you started on your second project…welcome to LJ’s…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#10 posted 01-14-2014 03:50 PM

Welcome to LJs, great job on the bench

Make a jewelry box for her. That should help.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#11 posted 01-14-2014 07:30 PM

Great Bench, you’ll certainly get a lot of use from it.

-- Dan Wilson - Red Wing, MN

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#12 posted 01-14-2014 10:40 PM

Where did you get the vice? I am building a bench and that set up would be perfect

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#13 posted 01-14-2014 10:42 PM

Outstanding..and Welcome to LumberJocks…..

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#14 posted 01-15-2014 12:44 AM

Very well done.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#15 posted 01-15-2014 01:18 AM

First, I’m overwhelmed by the show of support and encouragement from the Lumberjocks community. 14 comments of support in under a day, it’s like I’ve stumbled upon a family! So thanks to all of you, I genuinely appreciate it.

bester – I got the vice from Woodcraft. It’s the Groz 7” Quick Release Woodworking Vise with Quick Adjustment Trigger. It’s the one Asa Christiana recommended on the Start Woodworking video about the bench. I attached a 1 1/2” piece of walnut with the drilled bench dog holes and a 1/2’ piece of maple to the jaws. I couldn’t be happier with it (though I admittedly have very little experience with vices). The quick adjustment trigger works really well and it all appears to be the sort of quality which will last me a lifetime.

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