Work Bench

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Project by CasanovaFrankenstein posted 06-22-2014 12:03 AM 3412 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just moved into a new shop and the first project was a work bench. I wouldn’t say it’s made of scraps by any means, but over the years I’ve collected a bunch of pine here and there. This is essentially made from old board/cinder block entertainment centers, boards from yard sales ($1 for a 12’ 2X12? yes, thank you) as well as some scrap 2×4’s from the construction of the building.

I think the trick with making building material type lumber like 2×4’s into furniture is to treat it like it’s rough cut. so plain it down, run it through the jointer etc. And for every work bench I’ve had I put a replaceable top on it. so the 1/4” OSB is unattached so I can flip it over to paint stuff and glue pops off the OSB really easily. Then when it get’s all messed up I can replace it for $10. And there is a plug in the floor below the table so there is power on the table without having to contend with cords laying everywhere.

overall I’d say I’m pretty happy with it.

-- -Kyle

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#1 posted 06-22-2014 02:06 AM

Very appropriate first project for a new shop—I know it was my first project. Looks like you’re really to go. Congratulations.

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#2 posted 06-22-2014 02:27 AM

Very nice!

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#3 posted 06-22-2014 08:39 AM

Workbenches don’t have to be expensive or fancy to be just a useful as the expensive ones. Nice work and a great little bench.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-22-2014 12:19 PM

are there 2 or 4 drawers, i don’t think i’d like osb for a top , too splintery, maybe sanded and sealed would work, but you have the right idea, a cheap top to replace so you don’t have to worry about it

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#5 posted 06-22-2014 04:52 PM

Good build, thank you for sharing.

I had picked up a few 1/2 inch sheets (4’x8’) OSB with radiant barrier (free from CL) that i am using as my workbench top. Helps with the splinters.


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#6 posted 06-22-2014 06:26 PM

great build on the work bench ,you’‘ll have many hour of enjoyment on this one ,looks great

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#7 posted 06-22-2014 07:09 PM

I built the thing for efficiency, so it has the electricity on it, it has the 4 drawers filled with the things I use most frequently, clamp storage on the sides and it’s very heavy so I don’t have vibration issues and I don’t have to bolt it to the floor and if I feel like breaking down an engine or something I don’t have to worry about breaking down the table. I get splinters from the OSB sometimes… but I also get splinters from whatever I’m working on too. the choice of OSB is really about managing glue drips. leaving glue on the table will end up scratching future projects and the unsealed OSB soaks it up like a sponge, when it’s wet you can rub it into the table and it won’t damage new projects. or you can let it dry and chisel it off. sometimes I just let it dry into a little cap and hit it with the chisel and it pops right off. On solid wood or Plywood sometimes it takes some of the wood with it when you try to chisel it off. I think it makes keeping a flat smooth work surface much easier. but hey, a work bench shouldn’t be something that annoys you, take the thing that annoys you most about making stuff then find a way to fix that thing, then move on to the next one. Eventually you will have a stress free environment, and one day you’ll find yourself sitting out there with a bottle of wine and cigar wondering why you have a house in the first place.

-- -Kyle

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#8 posted 06-22-2014 07:33 PM

Well done, well thought out, planned well also, wonderful idea for the electric under the table

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

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#9 posted 06-22-2014 10:51 PM

Nice job and I agree with your treatment of construction lumber, it’s amazing how much better a simple 2×4 looks with the corners square. I cut up 2×12 shorts into 2×3’s and keep them in stock for shop build projects.

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#10 posted 07-08-2014 07:42 PM

I like it, nice job. I would maby rip a 2×4 length and edge wise to get 3/4”x 3” pices to put around the outside edge to helpwith the splintering at the edges.
Or you could just buy a couple 1bys but not attach to the osb. Just an idea. Happy building!!

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#11 posted 07-09-2014 01:55 AM

that’s a pretty good idea to hold the OSB in place. I guess I don’t really understand how everyone thinks it’s going to splinter. It’s just a piece of 1/4” OSB. the top itself is solid pine. I’ll probably put on a new piece of OSB every year or so.

-- -Kyle

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