Oak Workbench #1: Getting Started

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Blog entry by MattD posted 09-04-2007 04:21 AM 6613 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I think it’s time for a new workbench. The old fold up table works ok for some things, but it’s not great for holding work flat and it’s too low.

I got a ton of short 6/4 white oak boards from a local woodworker a few weeks ago. Since then, I have been stuck with the idea of making them into a workbench top and got a start on it today.

The main features I’m planning are:

  • 24” x 60”
  • 2 1/2” Thick
  • Front and End vise
  • Round Dog holes
  • 37” height to match table saw
  • Sliding/Removable Tool tray (from Hank Holzer bench)
  • Solid Base – Still need to figure this out.

Here are some of the original oak boards.

I ripped the boards into 2 3/4” widths and layed them out (on end) in the general sort of shape I’m going for:

The next step I’m working on is to get the boards into 6” sub-assembly sections so I can joint and square them on my 6” jointer. Eventually, I’ll combine 4 of these sections into the 24” top.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#1 posted 09-04-2007 02:54 PM

great project / excellent blog topic!! I’ll be watching

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 09-04-2007 03:26 PM

Nice start to the bench, I am making mine also and have been loosely followint these free plans.

-- Hope Never fails

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