Workbench with Plywood and Hardboard top

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Project by BenoitM posted 02-12-2014 06:17 PM 3558 views 20 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As my first ever real woodworking project, I wanted to make a workbench. I looked around on the internet and found a plan on (the one you can see on the front page). It looked nice, and not too complicated. Plus it has drawers! They suggest to use a solid core door for the top, but I decided to go for two sheets of plywood and one hardboard. The hardboard is not glued, I used double sided adhesive tape so I can easily replace it if needed. I used hard maple to cover the edges nicely. It’s almost done now, I just need to add a vise and put some oil finish on it.

More pics available on my blog (in french). If you can’t read french, you can still watch the nice pictures :-)

-- Benoit, Montreal Quebec,

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#1 posted 02-12-2014 06:54 PM

Looks nice! Well done.

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#2 posted 02-12-2014 07:18 PM

I like this version and had looked at it numerous times. Nice job and I like the idea of the tape on the top. I’m inspired. Thanks for the post.

-- Jerry - Ohio

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#3 posted 02-12-2014 10:15 PM

Very nice bench, looks solid and well made….thanks for sharing and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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

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#4 posted 02-12-2014 10:29 PM

Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


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#5 posted 02-12-2014 11:48 PM

Ditto on the tape idea, nice job.

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 12:12 AM

I put knockdown 4×4 legs like yours on a top that a friend was upgrading from and gave to me. The top is 2 3/4 sheets of birch pw screwed together. I like the drawers on your bench and am inspired to add similar ones to my bench.
Merci Beaucoup pour l’inspiration

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 12:20 AM

Nice job—looks good.

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#8 posted 02-13-2014 12:27 AM

Actually these are not 4×4 legs to begin with, but 2 2×4 glued & screwed together. Makes no difference in the end though. I simplified the drawers a bit by using a pocket screw jig (compared to the joinery suggested by the plan) so in the end it was actually pretty simple to do.

-- Benoit, Montreal Quebec,

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#9 posted 02-13-2014 02:13 AM

That is SOOO nice, great joinery!

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#10 posted 02-13-2014 01:20 PM


Nice job on your bench and your blog. I don’t read French, but oh, the pretty pictures!

I thought it funny that practically the only words I understood at first glance were “Home Depot.” I guess the BORG is everywhere.


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#11 posted 02-13-2014 02:32 PM

I plan to use Danish Oil for the finish, is it a good idea for a workbench? Any other ideas?

-- Benoit, Montreal Quebec,

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#12 posted 02-13-2014 02:39 PM

I just added a “translate” widget, the translation is far from perfect but better than nothing right?
I’m just too lazy to write an english and a french version.

-- Benoit, Montreal Quebec,

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#13 posted 02-13-2014 03:41 PM

That is awesome. Great job

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#14 posted 02-16-2014 07:46 PM

I built a bench similar to that as a first project. Building a stable useable bench is a project that everyone should do first. Nice job, looks great!

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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#15 posted 02-25-2014 06:56 PM

I really like how you did the drawer slide attachments. I think I’ll add some to my bench, one of the things its missing.

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