My First Workbench

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Project by coolerjack posted 06-26-2012 09:32 PM 2148 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some pics of my first bench.

I built this from scratch using a hand saw, hammer and chisels, a biscuit jointer, a router, a workmate bench and some glue.

The Front and side apron are made from 9” x 3” and the top and legs are 6” x 2”.

I joined the main top with biscuits and glue after cutting the square dog holes with my router.

This is then joined with biscuits and glue to the apron.

I cut the dovetails on the apron by hand with a mallet & chisel.

The legs are simply 6” x 2” screwed to the inside of the apron, these could do with some bracing but now I have a proper bench to work on I may try some mortice and tenon joints

The vice was from a duplicate order at work so cost me nothing :)

Total Cost of timber £40

I came across a couple of problems whilst building the bench

#1 Whilst the dovetail joints appeared to fit together reasonably well individually, when all put together as one the fit was not as good.

#2 When I glued up the top I ended up with a half inch curve upwards at the front right hand corner.

I’ve put these two problems down to – not having planed all the timber before cutting, not having a big enough flat surface to rest the top on for glue up, not having enough clamps & only clamping on one side.

I’ve just bought a record #7 plane from ebay for £27 so I will soon set to work flatening the top then i’ll be ready for making bench number 2!!

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 02:24 AM

And, a very fine job you did with this bench, will be around long time

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 03:13 AM

A nice solid looking bench, that I am sure will give you decades of good use. Well done.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 03:23 AM

That’s a great first workbench.. Much better than the one I made for myself. I’d like to upgrade to a traditional roubo workbench eventually just for the challenge.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#4 posted 06-27-2012 05:07 PM

The first bench will be around a long time great job

-- Ray

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#5 posted 06-27-2012 05:34 PM

great job. looks like a stout and a great workbench!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 06-27-2012 06:39 PM

What a great bench! Yeah, sure it may have some flaws, but the amount of experience gained is invaluable. Way to go.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#7 posted 06-29-2012 11:32 AM

Thanks for the comments, my number 7 plane came yesterday so if I get chance I’ll be taking it for a run on the bench top this weekend :-)

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#8 posted 06-29-2012 01:36 PM

That’s a very nice first bench and you built it on a workmate. You also learned a lot. Now, whenever you are ready, you can build a better bench using this bench and you will learn a whole lots more. Congratulations.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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