small workshop ideas #17: Finish a Traditional Workbench

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 09-04-2020 08:47 PM 995 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have had numerous workbenches to realize that I like the traditional workbench. In my last blog I showed 2 past benches from my shops and those features helped me learn what I liked and did not like. Learn the height you need, tool rest or not. Clamping or how to clamp on it. Tool well or not. What do you usually make? that helps with how wide and how long, also castors or not. I used plastic lids under one bench for just pushing and sliding it as needed instead of castors and it was practical and simple. The main photo shows a bench top of 18 by 60 . this top is poplar boards glued for one layer and pine for the lower layer, and a tool well 3.5 inch wide. I made the tool well box by ripping a 2×4 in half and attaching a board underneath then screwing it to the side of the main top. The legs of the base are set half inch into the foot boards and a matching board for the top. So I made those 4 at the same time. Glue clamp and then screws. I predrilled holes into the upper board for mounting into the top. The lower 2x stretchers are half laps and screwed to the sides. All this joinery to take away sway and it worked. The upper shelf is a 1×10 pine board on cleats and cleats as stops. Really the coats of stain make the whole thing look great and finished. I may add an end vise after I see how I work and clamp some work. The main vise is on the right end due to my small shop and the left end would give me no work room. I really tried to spend some thought on this bench and not have second thoughts and make overs in a month.

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#1 posted 09-05-2020 01:45 PM

Please enjoy projects from my home page. I have a Shopsmith outfeed table. Tailgate table that folds no bolts or screws. A box bank with secret lock for my grandson. Ideas for Shopsmith router tables and under the Shopsmith cabinet. A pole lamp from scrap. Just a few. In my blog are boxes with my grandsons and this 8×16 Tuff Shed shop from our move to AZ last year. Thanks. Hal

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#2 posted 10-23-2020 04:08 PM

That bench looks really nice. You just keep turning out the work!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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