First Woodworking Bench

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Project by jonsprague0000 posted 187 days ago 2046 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m new to woodworking and decided to build a bench as my first real woodworking project. The bench design is based off of Garrett Hacks bench plans and resembles a European Style Cabinet Maker’s Bench.

The project took 6 months and was a great learning experience. The bench is constructed entirely of mortise and tenon joints, dovetails, and breadboards (with the exception of the leg stretchers which are attached with a rod to allow for movement). The bench top is made of 3” Hard Maple.

Hard Maple – Top and base
Beech – Top breadboards
Walnut – Tail Vise
Tigerswood – Pegs
Red Oak – Front drawer

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#1 posted 187 days ago

You not only picked a great first project but you just learn some valuable lesson in the art of woodworking. Now that your have your new workmate life in the shop just got easier, congrats on your first and most important project enjoy the journey…BC

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#2 posted 187 days ago

Thanks. I built the bench while sitting on the floor of my garage. Life as gotten a lot easier already. I’ve started my new project, a side table, and its so nice having a table to work on with vices.

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#3 posted 187 days ago

Really Nice!!!

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#4 posted 187 days ago

Beautiful. What a great first project and a real testament to your skills…...enjoy your new craft.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#5 posted 187 days ago

Are you sure you are new to woodworking ??.....hmmm…The level of detail and workmanship displayed here is very good and very high. Awesome bench….well done

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 187 days ago

What an impressive first project! Well done.

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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#7 posted 187 days ago

Very Nice Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#8 posted 187 days ago

Thanks for the compliments. And to think I made it all without a table saw. I learned a lot and am looking forward to applying everything to my next project.

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#9 posted 187 days ago

Very nice!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#10 posted 187 days ago

Very impressive. I don’t see many tools there at all, so you used what you had well. That’s a great start

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#11 posted 187 days ago

really beautiful

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#12 posted 186 days ago

Great bench and excellent work.

-- PJ

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#13 posted 176 days ago

Really great build for you first bench!

here’s my most recent one:
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-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#14 posted 173 days ago

Absolutely beautiful bench. Great job.

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#15 posted 157 days ago

That’s so sick dude. I’m jealous. I wish I was that talented to put something like that together.

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