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02-20-2016 12:13 AM

I will be starting a hand tool cabinet project, then a router table … and finally a shot at a quality heirloom style work bench (Roubo or such). Since a Unisaw fell in my lap in January, free’s me up to start saving for something else. What was the price tag of your workbench? I know the selection of wood rises or falls depending on the species. I know add ons (vice hardware, hold fasts, etc) add to the cost as well. But would like a general idea of the start to finish price tag of such ventures so I can start saving up.

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#1 posted 02-20-2016 12:24 AM

300$ ish with a cabinet underneath with 6 drawers with ball bearing guides at 11$ a pair. Made from white ash and Baltic birch. Bench frame was from Doug fir and multiple layers for the top, 2 double layers of 3/4” OSB, Then white ash 7/8” for the final top 24×72 inch top.

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#2 posted 02-20-2016 12:25 AM

Took a gander at your project section, nothing there. Have a picture of your bench, Con?

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#3 posted 02-20-2016 12:29 AM

Holbs, Yours is a great question. I am looking forward to the answers. Like you will be attempting to build an honest to God workbench. I’m looking forward to all the responses you get. I have decided that I will use Benchcrafted vises. That immediately ups the cost, but it sure looks worthwhile.

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#4 posted 02-20-2016 12:33 AM

Bob.. I too will be looking hard at Benchcraft hardware as well. I have in mind of a dedicated joiner’s bench down the road. So many options :) Tis fun. And will be a fun build even with all the blood, sweat, and tears that surely will come from such a journey.

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#5 posted 02-20-2016 12:35 AM

I know the production bench’s (grizzly, harbor freight, sjborn?, etc) cost a pretty penny. $1000?

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#6 posted 02-20-2016 12:48 AM

My bench is made of Euro Beech bought at AU $1,500 m3, now about $3,000 m3. The timber was all 8/4, I got lucky with the legs, 55 mm dressed. The only hardware, two screws. A beautiful antique one for $5 and a new one for $25.

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#7 posted 02-20-2016 01:00 AM

50-60$ maybe.

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#8 posted 02-20-2016 01:01 AM

Fridge… milk crates do not count :)

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#9 posted 02-20-2016 01:08 AM

I think I spent around $400 total, with the most expensive single part being my Benchcrafted Criss Cross leg vise support. Since I used 12/4 red oak for a lot of it, that ended up being somewhat expensive. You could easily halve that amount by using doug fir or other inexpensive lumber.

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#10 posted 02-20-2016 01:10 AM

My first bench was made for an amazing total of 20.00. The fun was in finding the pieces to make it work, the top came from a bowling alley, they were redoing the alleys and were giving away the old ones. The first 16 feet of which was hard rock maple. I got the section cut in half and put on the truck, hauled it home. Gave the other half to a friend of mine and we began, each at his own pace, building our bench. I used a bridle joint on the frame where the top was mounted and on the bottom of the bench top I made 8 drawers, which were in a frame and were made to be taken out in a group if need be. Meanwhile the hunt for a suitable vise was in motion, found a 100 yr old wood vise and paid 10.00 for it. After completing the bench, I found a Steiner German bench, 8 feet long and a full European beech top, 4 inches thick with front and tail vise and dog system. I bought that and sold my new built bench to a friend who still has it 30years later. For me the fun has always been in the acquiring of the parts to make the whole. God bless, have some fun, make some dust.

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#11 posted 02-20-2016 01:11 AM

Inexpensive lumber can be used to build a lifetime bench. If you are going to splurge, get quality vise hardware.

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#12 posted 02-20-2016 01:11 AM

$400 total? and that is with the hardware? That is not too shabby at all. I was thinking $800 range.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#13 posted 02-20-2016 01:18 AM

Ian.. great looking bench. I like the length: not too dinky… nor too encompassing All the red oak and vice hardware really came to just $400?

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#14 posted 02-20-2016 01:25 AM

Ya I think I do some where, then there is MS 10 junk!!! It was a take off of Wood Shop bench plan and I modified some dementions.
Here it is, I get the magazine and they had the plans for the cabinet underneath that is not pictured here. It rest on the lower rails. I think with that site you can buy the plans for about 11.00$
http://my.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-plans/simple-workbench/

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#15 posted 02-20-2016 01:26 AM

don’t blow off Fridge he has one outstanding well built bench.

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