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Project by Splinter12 posted 142 days ago 2988 views 23 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed what I would call my first real workbench. I used Chris Schwarz’s $175 workbench plans and modified it. It costs more now with inflation.

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/projects/175_workbench

I moved the legs to be flush with the top edges and added the sliding deadman. I could not get southern yellow pine per the plans so this one is made from SPF. It’s a little soft but a workbench is meant to be used and abused plus it did not break the bank. When it wears out I’ll build one from hardwood and consider this one practice. Finished with two coats of blo.





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BenoitM

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#1 posted 142 days ago

Really nice!

-- Benoit, Montreal Quebec, http://cavacouper.blogspot.ca/

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 142 days ago

That’s a fine looking bench and will serve you well.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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Rick M.

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#3 posted 142 days ago

Great looking bench.

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siavosh

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#4 posted 142 days ago

Looks great and practical, nice work.

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NinjaAssassin

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#5 posted 142 days ago

Hey man, you have a car in your workshop. Right where the bench should go :)

Great job!

-- - Billy

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 142 days ago

great build. looks sturdy and hard to believe it only cost that much – a great start!

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The Box Whisperer

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#7 posted 142 days ago

I love it! Am I to understand that this is made using 2-by stock (SPF)?

Ive been wanting to do the same thing for a long time, but a very small version. Like a mini traditional bench, maybe half sized or something.

This looks gorgeous, and I agree that a bench is meant to be used. IMO this will look just as pretty years down the road with a few more dings and a few more stories to tell.

Nice work.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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Splinter12

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#8 posted 142 days ago

Yup all 2-by stock from Home Depot. Think framing lumber or floor joists 2×10’s cut downed, jointed and planed.

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woodchuckerNJ

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#9 posted 142 days ago

Enjoy your new bench, you will find a solid bench to be a real asset.

But what is it doing in the corner???? A bench does not belong under a vac like that, it needs to be used…
:-(

-- Jeff NJ

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Mauricio

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#10 posted 142 days ago

Sweet Bench man!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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BPatterson

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#11 posted 142 days ago

Very nice!

I may have to build a bench like this in the future!

-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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lusk

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#12 posted 141 days ago

I need to build one of these! I dont even have a garage to put one in at the moment though sadly

-- Carlin, Upstate SC

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CalgaryGeoff

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#13 posted 141 days ago

Looks like a very nice setup from where I’m sitting. Great looking addition.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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Sandra

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#14 posted 141 days ago

Nice, sturdy and attractive looking bench.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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TerryDowning

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#15 posted 141 days ago

Nicely done. Nothing wrong with a pine bench.

-- - Terry

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