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Project by RoadHogg posted 04-13-2014 05:23 PM 2851 views 20 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve worked with wood and been interested in woodworking since I was a child…some 40 years. Until now, I’ve never had the three things I needed to really explore that passion…time, space, money. To start off, I need a place to work so I built a simple workbench. I found these plans in Woodsmith magazine. The construction is simple, inexpensive and sturdy…just what I need.

The top is four layers of 3/4” MDF with a replaceable 1/4” hardboard top and 1-1/2” Douglas Fir edging. The frame construction is Douglas Fir and MDF. I installed a Jorgensen vice and Rockler retractable casters. The bench is unbelievably heavy. I estimate 500 lbs, which is more than the rating on the wheels so it doesn’t get moved around much.

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, 360 Woodworking





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Northwest29

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#1 posted 04-13-2014 06:54 PM

Good looking bench. Should give you many years of pleasure. How do you like the casters? Do you move the bench around very much?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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RoadHogg

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#2 posted 04-13-2014 07:02 PM

Thanks. I really like the bench. I’ve been using it for over a year now.

The casters are great, I highly recommend them. The bench is a bit over their capacity but they still perform well. The problem with such a heavy bench, where the casters are concerned, is you have to lift the bench, stand on one leg, and push the locking lever down with the other foot. I’m a big guy and I recently hurt my leg doing this procedure, I was lifting around 650 lbs on my left leg…I limped for a few days. What I do now is, I use my XL600 Irwin spreader clamp to lift the bench from the bottom stringer and flip the caster lock down by hand. This requires me to get on my knees but it doesn’t hurt as much as lifting the beast by hand. I don’t move the bench as much as I used to as I’m getting my shop set up for more long term use now.

The great part of such a heavy bench, it NEVER budges an inch no matter what you push, pound, plane or anything else, on it. It’s like a giant rock, in the stability spectrum.

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, 360 Woodworking

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#3 posted 04-13-2014 09:40 PM

Very nice!

-- John, South Dakota

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#4 posted 04-13-2014 10:08 PM

great bench,looks sturdy and heavy like you said.it’ll give you many years of great service.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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SignWave

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#5 posted 04-14-2014 12:34 AM

This is a very effective workbench design. I did a version of this design, but I did a laminated 2x top instead. I still plan to build the drawers, as you did, but haven’t gotten to it yet.

Yours looks great. Nice work.

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hotncold

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#6 posted 04-14-2014 03:10 AM

4 layers of 3/4” MDF! Wow. That’s heavy! Beautiful workmanship.

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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jeff

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#7 posted 04-14-2014 07:54 AM

My workbench follows the same Woodsmith design,just downsized to fit my in my small shop…Yours looks awesome…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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RoadHogg

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#8 posted 04-14-2014 02:05 PM

Thanks Jeff. I bet you’re enjoying your bench as much as I am mine! Such an easy bench to build but so sturdy and beautiful. Do you have pictures of your bench up?

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, 360 Woodworking

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 04-14-2014 03:08 PM

It’s a nice bench and will be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Gary Scoville

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#10 posted 04-14-2014 03:17 PM

Hay guys. I’m just getting started doing some woodworking at 59 4/5! (60 in July) I’ve been an electrician for 34 years and now retired. So, I needed something to do with what little time I do have between helping friends and family still do electrical stuff. I bought a new Grizzly table saw and jointer so now I to need a good work table. I saw the one here and thought it would be great to build for my first project. What do you all think, is this something for a beginner?

-- Gary Torrington, CT

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RoadHogg

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#11 posted 04-14-2014 03:31 PM

Hi Gary. I’m honoured you took notice of my bench project. This is absolutely a bench for the beginner but the great part is, this bench is functional enough and sturdy enough, it should last you a lifetime too. The very hardest part of this bench build is that it’s heavy. Made of MDF and Douglas Fir planks, it’s not for the meek. Adding the drawers is a little more intricate but not hard at all. I worked with the bench for a year before adding the drawers. If I had to do it again, I’d take an easier route with the drawers but they work just fine the way they are. This was the design in the supplemental plans to go along with this bench is why I went down that path. The plans are free online at WoodsmithShop.com so, IMO, this is the perfect bench for a beginner…as I was, when I built it.

I’d love to see and hear how your build goes!

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-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, 360 Woodworking

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#12 posted 04-14-2014 04:40 PM

Looks like a beast and should serve you well.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#13 posted 04-14-2014 04:54 PM

Looks like it will take a beating.

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#14 posted 04-14-2014 05:25 PM

very nice well executed

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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#15 posted 04-15-2014 12:28 AM

RoadHogg – thanks for the feedback -

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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