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02-27-2015 05:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tip maple walnut

goooooood morning jocks!!!!

ok, so, in the near future (probably some time this summer) I plan to build myself a new work bench. currently by bench is built from a few 2×4’s and some crappy plywood. what I want in my head I have yet to see anywhere before and maybe because its a big compilation of all the things that I have seen. I want a work bench that is:

1. a work bench, obviously, I want it to have a 8/4 to 12/4 top made from hard maple for durability, I realize this is price, but go big or go home right? I also want it to have some of the things I see on many of your work benches, like a wood vise, bench dogs, ect.

at this point my bench starts to differ from traditional. my shop is my garage and I don’t have a whole lot of space for multiple tables so:

2. a run out table. I have found this is crucial for everything I do on my table saw, if for no other reason that for safety, I don’t want to have TS guides cut into it, but large enough and low enough to run stock off of my saw onto the bench.

3. an assembly table, my current bench is 46”x60” and that is what I want to stay with. somewhere I can lay out and assemble my entire furniture project.

4. and this may sound dumb, but I also use my garage/woodshop as a hang out on the weekends when my buddies come by the house. so I also use my bench as kind of a bar to sit around when there is a lot of people over.

5. I place to stain my project, which this is easy, with it being a nice wood top, I will just cover it with something before I place the project on top, I don’t want stain on my maple lol

and finally

6. I want it to have a shelf for all of my scrap wood. again, that’s pretty simple

I think I want a walnut base, really only for cosmetics. I am pretty much in love with how walnut looks in contrast to maple.

let me know what you guys think, do I want too much out of one work bench? I have never seen a typical woodworkers bench at the size I mentioned, I think it is feasible though… thanks guys!!


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#1 posted 02-27-2015 06:04 PM



goooooood morning jocks!!!!

ok, so, in the near future (probably some time this summer) I plan to build myself a new work bench. currently by bench is built from a few 2×4 s and some crappy plywood. what I want in my head I have yet to see anywhere before and maybe because its a big compilation of all the things that I have seen. I want a work bench that is:

1. a work bench, obviously, I want it to have a 8/4 to 12/4 top made from hard maple for durability, I realize this is price, but go big or go home right? I also want it to have some of the things I see on many of your work benches, like a wood vise, bench dogs, ect.

at this point my bench starts to differ from traditional. my shop is my garage and I don t have a whole lot of space for multiple tables so:

2. a run out table. I have found this is crucial for everything I do on my table saw, if for no other reason that for safety, I don t want to have TS guides cut into it, but large enough and low enough to run stock off of my saw onto the bench.

3. an assembly table, my current bench is 46”x60” and that is what I want to stay with. somewhere I can lay out and assemble my entire furniture project.

4. and this may sound dumb, but I also use my garage/woodshop as a hang out on the weekends when my buddies come by the house. so I also use my bench as kind of a bar to sit around when there is a lot of people over.

5. I place to stain my project, which this is easy, with it being a nice wood top, I will just cover it with something before I place the project on top, I don t want stain on my maple lol

and finally

6. I want it to have a shelf for all of my scrap wood. again, that s pretty simple

I think I want a walnut base, really only for cosmetics. I am pretty much in love with how walnut looks in contrast to maple.

let me know what you guys think, do I want too much out of one work bench? I have never seen a typical woodworkers bench at the size I mentioned, I think it is feasible though… thanks guys!!

- Gwjames

I don’t think you’re overreaching in terms of your bench’s utility; I use my workbench for assembly, and I used to use it for outfeed before I added a folding table to the back of my saw. And you can design the underside to do whatever you want – cabinets for large storage, drawers for small storage, open shelves for storing boards, or cubbies for storing offcuts/shorts.

As for using it as a bar/social table, a tabletop is a tabletop. I can’t imagine using it for a bar would subject it to anything worse than using it for woodworking and assembly. If you really want to keep it nice, you could get a big roll of covering paper (e.g. butcher paper) and buy or make a roller/cutter to fix to the side of the bench. Then, when you want to glue or drink (or both), just roll out enough paper to cover the area.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#2 posted 02-27-2015 06:06 PM

But yeah, for a 2-3” thick maple tabletop and walnut base this will probably be a fairly expensive bench.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#3 posted 02-27-2015 06:15 PM

Sorry for the multiple posts, I just realized I had one more piece of advice – there are a ton of additional features you can add that boost small-shop convenience without significantly sacrificing functionality.

My shop is also fairly tiny (11×17), so took a Harbor Freight workbench and made a bunch of modifications. Between the original features and my add-ons, this is what I’ve got:

-Stomp-down casters from Rockler
-Two vices, neither of which are terrible (nor amazing)
-Four shallow drawers, a lower shelf for large general storage, and plywood bottom under that (attached to the feet) for additional flat storage (I use shallow plastic bins)
-A power strip attached to the side
-Hooks/hangers in unobtrusive locations for quick access to extension cords, etc.
-An old hacksaw blade screwed to the front for quick-cutting sandpaper sheets

I also enclosed the sides of my workbench with plywood to make it more stable and to turn the lower shelf into more of a cabinet. Here are some pictures:

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#4 posted 02-27-2015 06:17 PM

A suggestion, my last “so-called” bench was 36” wide so I added a drop down leaf to the off side so when I needed more width I had it, but it didn’t create quite as large of a foot print but is still big enough to do your assembly. I would just drop the leaf down when ever I didn’t need it. It was just a half sheet of 3/4 plywood, but it worked. I just made a Roubo style bench and I am thinking about doing the same thing to it in the near future.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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Gwjames

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#5 posted 03-01-2015 06:12 PM

something a little like that, M&T joinery to make it stable

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#6 posted 03-04-2015 07:29 PM



1. a work bench, obviously, I want it to have a 8/4 to 12/4 top made from hard maple for durability, I realize this is price, but go big or go home right? I also want it to have some of the things I see on many of your work benches, like a wood vise, bench dogs, ect.

here are lots of other materials you can use for a top that will work.
Mine is a piece of bowling lane
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at this point my bench starts to differ from traditional. my shop is my garage and I don t have a whole lot of space for multiple tables

Your workbench should be a dedicated piece of equipment.
Trying to make it mobile yet sturdy and steady will be a challenge.
You can make a folding outfeed table or just use a couple rollers will work fine.

4. and this may sound dumb, but I also use my garage/woodshop as a hang out on the weekends when my buddies come by the house. so I also use my bench as kind of a bar to sit around when there is a lot of people over.

Make sure its well seasoned with boiled linseed oil to the cold ones done stain it…...

I think I want a walnut base, really only for cosmetics. I am pretty much in love with how walnut looks in contrast to maple.

I wouldn’t use furniture grade wood for the base. Any strong heavy wood will do. Save the good wood for your projects. The base on my table is made from pine dunnage and log house cutoofs I got at a sawmill.

Bottom line, it will be aggravating trying to make one bench do all the things you want.
Good luck!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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