Brand new workbench

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Project by oscorner posted 05-23-2007 04:37 AM 4164 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was able to take a couple of days off from work, so I decided that I would build this work bench. Until I get time to build the one shown in the video at Fine Woodworking. I got the plans from ShopNotes. It is made of mostly 3/4 baltic birch plywood and is wrapped with fir. One exception to the original plans is that I made the folding bench wider and it was made from some 1 1/2 shelving that I acquired before it reached a landfill. It has three cubby holes underneath and two supports that slide out to help hold the bench. I had to add the legs (adjustable) because the extra withe of the bench caused the case to pull from the wall(French cleat). I also put a couple of lag screws through the back and into the wall joist. I have holes drilled for my dogs and it took about 30 minutes for it to be covered with so much stuff that I had to clean it off to use the bench(imagine that). I still have a lot of work to do to get the peg board set up and you can see my drill bit cabinet to the left.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#1 posted 05-23-2007 04:43 AM

Looks great. You will have to post some pictures once you have it loaded up.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-23-2007 04:57 AM

That’s a great idea, Os! It just needs to be covered in stuff now!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 05-23-2007 05:14 AM

oscorner you did a great job. Very functional and contain storage which is always needed.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 05-23-2007 06:45 AM

Mark -

I saw this in ShopNotes – well executed and a great way to spend some time off.


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#5 posted 05-23-2007 09:23 AM

Very nice, clean layout….kind of elegant/functional.

-- Bob

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#6 posted 05-23-2007 03:28 PM

Looks much to nice to load up with stuff, Mark.

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

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#7 posted 05-23-2007 03:55 PM

The Bench: The foundation of the shop. You’ve laid a good one!

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#8 posted 05-23-2007 05:16 PM

A couple days off work?? Wouldn’t know what that’s like! haha. I remember that bench from ShopNotes. Good replica! Nice to see that you located your recently made bit organizer close by. For doing so much work recently, I don’t see much clutter or dust!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#9 posted 05-23-2007 05:53 PM

After looking at the pics for a while I finally figured out how it works. Very nice and compact. Good Job.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#10 posted 05-24-2007 03:25 AM

Thank you for the compliments! The support from my fellow LumberJocks is the best. I still need to install my 9” vice to the bench, which is something I looked at today. I attached my metric and SAE Allen wrench holders to the left side(will post pics, later). I also, began making a cabinet to hold my saw blades and stacked dado setup. All part of trying to organize my shop for more efficiency. I’ll post it when done, too.

Jeff, I cleaned it off before taking the picture. It was amazing how quickly things piled up on it. You wouldn’t recognize it, now. In fact, you can barely see it. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 05-24-2007 04:50 AM

Great project for the shop. Certainly the key to the small shop is versatility and mobility. This obviously has the versatility factor. I find that the more organizational projects that I get done in the shop, the more efficient I become. Your investment in time and money in these projects will pay off.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 05-24-2007 12:18 PM

hey you can see the top right now. Very nice Mark, looks like you got lots of room. Good for you. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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