8' New-Fangeled Workbench

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Project by ToddE posted 12-30-2008 04:31 AM 3490 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Guys,
I took the advice from everyone else that has built one of these and finally did it. It took everything I had to push the old 4×6 assembly table out to another section of the shop. But, I have long looked forward to having a bench I could do more planing and card scraping on, as my other bench didn’t have any dogs or vices.
I made this one 8’ long. Most of the other guys had theirs about 6’, but my friend is going to need a couple doors built, so I figured I would just make mine 7’ something right from the git go.
I did a couple different things to mine, the entire base is made of 2×6 instead of a 2×8 and a 2×3 and I have two 2×6 stretchers instead of 1 2×8. I also glued biscuits in the table top and glued them together instead of screwed them. I honestly just didn’t feel like drilling more pilot holes for more screws. This thing is rock solid and I am very excited to use it. Thanks for all the postings from the other guys that had built one of these. That’s why I love this place so much! Take care, and God Bless!

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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#1 posted 12-30-2008 04:38 AM

looking good.. and useful

-- making sawdust....

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#2 posted 12-30-2008 07:34 AM

Nice work Todd, are you surprise how solid this bench feels. You’re going to love the beam to me it what make this bench so different from most. I place a shelve on the lower stretcher this add more storage. The clamp can be store on the stretcher facing. Enjoy your new bench…Blkcherry

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#3 posted 12-30-2008 10:06 AM

Todd, Where did you get the plans for this workbench? It looks really different and I am interested in making one as well.

Nice job and thanks


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Derek Lyons

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#4 posted 12-30-2008 10:39 AM

Jem, there’s a link here that is part of a longer blog series on the construction of the bench.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#5 posted 12-30-2008 03:07 PM

I do love a good bench. Good job.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#6 posted 12-30-2008 03:31 PM

Great job on the bench. Now show it in action.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 12-30-2008 03:32 PM

Lots of nice features packed in there.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 12-30-2008 06:03 PM

OK, that’s it. I have GOT to get my act together and make my version. Excellent job and I envy the 8’ length. Mine Might wind up about 4’ to 5’ long max. (my shop is only 12’x 20’ and I’m tripping over things now… can’t imagine what I’lll do when I add another large bench ((well, yes i can, I’m going to lose another bench until I get things regorganized. )))

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#9 posted 12-30-2008 06:41 PM

Sweet. That is such a cool design. And shiny new clamps too!

Good Job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 12-30-2008 07:03 PM

Todd -

Excellent! I like your modifications. I built one as well and it has worked out quite nicely. I also ended up making a few modifications . . . one of the most exciting things we get to do as woodworkers!

Happy New Year!



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Derek Lyons

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#11 posted 12-30-2008 07:40 PM

Not my bench (that I linked to above) Dave… :) Someone else’s work that I’ve got favorited for future reference…

My own bench is just a wee bit more humble. (And already I’ve got ways to improve the design in mind…)

Click for details

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#12 posted 12-31-2008 02:25 AM

Thanks guys for all the nice comments. I have nothing to take credit for! There is a video and a featured article on there called, “New-Fangeled Work Bench” on Fine Wood Working’s site. Great site by the way to subscribe to. Have no idea what magazine article number or anything. Blkcherry from this site helped out with some ideas, thanks! But really, this is definitely a day and a half project max and was fun to build. For once I really didn’t care how particular I was building something, but I wound up putting a finish on it, only because I am completely stupid when it comes to this stuff.
Thanks again to Blkcherry for his input. I also got some information from a guy called Sawdustroad on lumberjocks. Hope you guys don’t get inundated with requests.
Anywho, I really enjoyed building this and I hope it is as rugged as everyone says. It definitely is a tank standing there, so I look forward to beating on it. It is being utilized everyday in the work shop of the editors of Fine Wood Working and has been since I think 1999. Something else I did different was I put an electrical strip on the one leg so I could plug my routers and other tools in right at the bench. I am going to build some type of cabinet underneath as well, as I had one on my old table and liked having everything right at hand’s length.
Great project, great time building it. The funniest part was, my wife couldn’t decide what to get me for Christmas, because everything I wanted was over $400. So I told her I wanted thirteen 2×4’s, 26 feet of black pipe, four clamps, a box of 2 1/2” drywall screws, two washers, two speed pins, a 8’ shelf of MDF and a partridge in a pear tree! And that’s what I got and walla, the next day I had me a new workbench. I hope you guys all have fun building yours, now quit reading and get cutting!

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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#13 posted 12-31-2008 02:25 AM

DaveR, your drawing looks better than my real bench! You are making me look bad…

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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#14 posted 12-31-2008 06:50 AM

DaveR was very much joking, I only wish I could make my work as good as you draw it! Keep it on there, I love it! I am sure someone can benefit greatly from your drawing.

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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#15 posted 12-31-2008 06:52 AM

I got the bench going tonight with some action…Only it’s my son breaking it in! The way is should be I guess

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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