Workbench #1: The Design

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Blog entry by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 01-06-2015 02:48 PM 1982 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I decided that I need to build myself a proper workbench NO MORE workhorses and doors….. I found a design online a website called Hammerzone, that all it took was some 4×2 AND OSB.. Im tweaking the design in both size and materials as you can see in my Sketchup model.

The frame will be built with 4×2 but the upper workbench will have 2 layers equaling about a 1” thick, the substrate layer will be 1/2” OSB and the worksurface will be 3/4” MDF. The bottom shelf will be 1/2’ MDF.

Since Ive been used to working on a door , I am building the surface to be the same size 78” x 30”. Its huge but I gor the space and sometimes I got 2 projects going simultaneously and I need the room.

I know that a workbenches primary function is to hold work materials and I know that eventually I will need to add dogholes and vises but to be honest I cant afford either at the moment.. I guess this workbench will be my work in progress for a little while.

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at

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#1 posted 01-06-2015 03:28 PM

Nice to see you starting out early with a workbench, I spent to many years working on saw horses and plywood. Know that in time the screwed “joints” will loosen from lateral forces and the table become a bit wobbly, but that’s OK, it’s a darn sight better than a door on saw horses.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 06:09 PM

I had pretty much the same progression… sawhorses & doors—> 2×4 + plywood bench like you’re doing, then went to—> a “weekend workbench”—> a Roubo . Frankly, i should have skipped the weekend workbench and went to the Roubo. But this bench will be a big step up for you, but it’s not going to work with dog hole or vises very well. You can clap stuff to it, and clamp stops for things, and that will be better than where you’re at now. Also, it will serve as an excellent assembly table when you move to your next bench. All my benches were cheap to build too, using home center materials – they just took a little more elbow grease each time. Keep at it, have fun!

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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