Douglas Fir Workbench

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Project by Andrew posted 11-25-2014 08:17 PM 9573 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bench almost 2 years ago. At the time, i figured I’d post the project here after i got my vise and dogholes done. Well, it’s done, finally!

Bench is made out of douglas fir from home depot. the top is about 3” thick, and is about 34×66”. The base is all assembled with mortise and tenon.

The vise jaws are 8/4 Ash.

Next, eventually, will be a cabinet for underneath.

Some of the pics are from 2 years ago when the bench was first completed.


-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#1 posted 11-25-2014 09:29 PM

Nicely done… took awhile but looks like it was worth it.

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#2 posted 11-25-2014 09:56 PM

My bench is out of DF too, but looks a lot more beat up than yours. It is soft, but has done me well. I hope the same for you.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 11-25-2014 10:16 PM

Nice build, look forward to seeing the cabinet build. What are the small pins on the vise for? Alignment?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#4 posted 11-25-2014 11:05 PM

Really nice bench mate, you’re inspiring me!

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#5 posted 11-25-2014 11:25 PM

Nice bench Andrew.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 11-26-2014 02:22 AM

SPalm – I definitely used yours as inspiration :)


-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#7 posted 11-26-2014 03:09 AM

Nice job, it looks good. Did you have to look through a lot of lumber to find good boards?

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#8 posted 11-26-2014 03:24 AM

Nice job Andrew!! Has it really been 2 years? BTW, you should stop over and check out the new toys :)

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#9 posted 11-26-2014 03:38 AM

Sweet bench! I’m in the process of doing the same now. Bought my D-Fir from home depot this past May. Stacked in my basement trying to get it to dry out a bit more. Quick question: did you glue up right away or let you wood dry for a bit? If so, did you use a moisture meter?

I’m in a bit of a pickle. Don’t have a lot of money, so I really don’t want to get a meter but not sure how else to tell when it’s dry enough. Thought about weighing each piece on the bathroom scale every 3-4 months to see if weight is changing. Any help would be appreciated, really want to get started on the glue-up.

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#10 posted 11-26-2014 12:25 PM

Sweet Andy! Glad to know HD sells Fir – I’ll need some for my mini-bench :)

@Jason – you can get a moisture meter from Lowes for about 30 bucks. I know may not be as accurate as something more expensive but it would at least get you a ballpark. if you’re in or near Cbus Ohio I’d be happy to loan you mine :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#11 posted 11-26-2014 02:59 PM

Hey Jason,

I didn’t let my wood dry, i just let it acclimate to my shop for a few days. I probably should have, though. The top definitely cupped on me a little. Not sure if that would have been minimized had I let it dry longer.

That being said, letting it dry for a few months, if stored properly, I’d guess is fine. Go ahead and start building. I wouldnt get too hung up with moisture, especially for a workbench. Just build it! If it cups, like mine did, build a router sled and flatten it (like i did as well).

Good luck!

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#12 posted 11-26-2014 04:08 PM

Like everything about it. Doing something similar cutting the heart wood out of 2 X 10’s.

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#13 posted 11-26-2014 07:06 PM

Letting your wood dry for a few months is a good idea if you can. I can’t because my work space is so small that drying is all that would get done until the wood was dry. Your bench looks good, I also did mine from home center lumber without drying it and so far I haven’t had any problems. The average humidly here generally above 50% so drying is kind of hard sometimes. This project looks like you do good quality work. I tend to be a little impatient and don’t always get the quality I would like to have , but I’m working on it.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#14 posted 01-15-2015 06:40 PM

Hey Andrew – great work here! Also cool to see someone else from Albany on the forum. I would’ve sent a message to say hi but I’m new to Lumberjocks and can’t yet! Again, this and your other projects look great.

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