Beginning a new workbench #1: Planning

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Blog entry by Alexandre posted 07-03-2012 11:23 PM 3812 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey guys….
I have decided to build another workbench, as the “basic” workbenches like these:

Unfortunately, these filled up quickly, and weren’t as stable as I would liked it to be.
Being a hardcore gamer, I know how frustrating it is, to be busy clicking away and having the table shake, although I don’t play in my basement/garage shop.
The same above applies with using a mallet and chisel, or a hand plane.
When I use a mallet and chisel on my bench like the one above, it makes a horrible banging noise and the table shakes.
When I am using my hand plane (my favourite one is my #5, will show some pics of that if you want to see it,) the table can sometimes move or tip, if the tables light or there’s no weight to hold it down, a big problem with these basic benches.
So, while planning my workbench, I made some main criteria that the workbench MUST have.
It must be sturdy
It must be heavy enough to use a hand plane without tipping, yet light enough to be moved around…
It must be cost efficient
It must be built out of materials I can find at any home improvement store, so there’s no need for me to go to Cambridge for lumber.
It must last a LONG LONG (hopefully forever) time.

Based on these criteria, Its probably gonna have these characteristics:
Built out of SPF As maple in a home centre is around $10 for a 1×2
Top should be 4 layers of MDF for a sturdy top and dense
two by edging
Vibration dampers (the top might not be bolted onto the base, I’ll explain my vibration dampening idea in the next blog.)

With all these ideas, I am busy combining them to make plans for a workbench. Remember, I’m new to woodworking and i’m 14.
So, If you guys have any suggestions, comments or anything chit chat, Please post it.

Time for me to relax.
If any of you guys own a minecraft account, Tell me your In-Game-name.
Maybe then we can play together :P


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#1 posted 07-04-2012 02:20 AM

You might find it worth your while to study a very big “forum” listing called “workbench smack down” at
This is a long thread about building work benches. While these guys have the “bug” and are a pretty tight group, you could watch it and learn a LOT. After about 50 years doing woodworking of one sort or another, I’m still learning things from them. They will share openly with you, as will I.
Good luck.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.

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