Simple & Sturdy Woodworking Workbench

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Project by TimBridge posted 150 days ago 1757 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my workbench. It’s two pieces of 62”x24”x3/4” MDF, glued and screw’d (clearance holes and counter sinks on lower slab).

You can see the 1” margin around the sides, then 6” grid w/ screws at intersection of gridlines. The gridlines serve only to make the screw locations easily known after flipping and mounting. Thataway I can drill bench dog holes w/o having to figure out where screws are.

I have also mounted a wood vice and put in a lower shelf from my leftover MDF. Not pictured is the holes I drilled in the vice jaw and on the right side of the table for the Kreg bench dogs I picked up.

The frame is made with 2×4s and 4×4s w/ threaded rod through the stretchers/legs and dowels at each joint.

There are grooves/dados on all stretchers near the inside-top and I’ve used S-Clips to mount the table top and the lower shelf.

Here are the plans I used and the video I followed:



Shop’s coming along! Awwww, yeeeaaahh

-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

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#1 posted 150 days ago

Simple and sturdy is good Tim. If it does what you want it to do then you have achieved your goal in building it.
Well done nd thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 150 days ago

Welcome to LJs!

Looks like a rugged bench, that will serve you well.
I’ve yet to build my bench, so you are at least one step ahead of me!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 150 days ago

This was my first real woodworking project. That was before I had a drill press and I didn’t really line up the holes for the threaded bar that well. That was a pain. I still use it everyday.

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#4 posted 149 days ago

excellent bench!
i made mine without a drill press either – i couldn’t wait
way to go

-- Greg Simon

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#5 posted 149 days ago

Thanks for the welcome and compliments, guys!

@MistakeMagnet, Hah. I do not have a drill press either and, man, getting those dowlel holes to line up was probably the most difficult part of the whole assembly. I also didn’t have a dowel marker at the time either so I cut a pencil very short, put that in the dowel hole, lined it up, spun the pencil, and used that mark as my drill location.

In theory, it worked great. In practice, I was off and had to fill/re-drill about 50% of the time.

-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

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#6 posted 149 days ago

Nice bench. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#7 posted 43 days ago


I have just rebuilt a section of my workbench. It’s interesting how everyone approaches the same thing. Nice bench sir!
Like your adaptive approach to getting the job done. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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