First woodworking project

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Project by BigBard posted 03-17-2009 04:25 AM 8397 views 6 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lumberjocks is a great community, you guys inspire many to post there projects. My day job involves building custom stainless steel cabinet systems, so I’m not new to building just new to wood building. Here’s my first wood project. I combined 2 projects that I found on the web, the top is from ”$175 workbench” plans and the bottom is from the “essentials workbench” on Fine Woodworking. I spent about 80 dollars in wood from Home Depot and 50 dollars on a vise from Harbor freight. Its made entirely out of pine. If I could re-do it I would glue up the whole top at one time because I didn’t have a jointer/planer at the time. and I would actually practice a dovetail before trying to execute it. Also the mortenson and tenon joints, I would have gave them a little more attention (beaten them in is causing some cracking). Everything I read said don’t let your workbench be your first project but I didn’t like the idea of working off some saw horses for months. In conclusion, I’m glad I found Lumberjocks and I’m looking forward to posted my future projects here for your comments!!

-- Carolina Panther fan!

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#1 posted 03-17-2009 04:34 AM

Looks good bud! I’d have to agree on not letting a work bench not being your first project. I did the same, for the same reason, and now I just want a bigger and better one! :p Hows that vise holding up? Pros Cons?

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 04:35 AM

Congratulations on finishing your first project. Like most of the Lumber Jocks, you are your own worst critic. Looks to me like you have an excellent bench that will be serviceable for a long time and it was a source of learning. Have you decided whether you like the HF vice? I’ve been toying with getting one but always talk myself out of it.

-- Gary D.

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Francisco Luna

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#3 posted 03-17-2009 04:41 AM

Beautiful bench, great Job! What about some oil for the finish?

-- "Menos es mas" Ludwing Mies Van Der Rohe

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#4 posted 03-17-2009 04:56 AM

Its been almost 3 months with the vise and so far it works beautifully, I added some jaws to it made from oak. Sometimes its hard me to tell what I don’t like until I use a much nicer one. As for the oil, I’m just getting around to it, wasn’t sure how I should finish it.

-- Carolina Panther fan!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 03-17-2009 05:11 AM

I look forward to seeing the fine projects that you create on this bench.

Nice work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 03-17-2009 05:19 AM

That looks like one sturdy bench. Looks good.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 03-17-2009 05:46 AM

Nice job.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 03-17-2009 11:20 AM

Very nice bench. I’d put some holes in the top for hold downs and bench dogs as well as build a shelf for storage for tools. I’d also put another vise on one end for larger pieces. Check out my bench for some ideas.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 03-17-2009 12:08 PM

Very nice bench. I know it will serve you well. Looking forward to seeing your future projects. Thanks for sharing

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#10 posted 03-17-2009 02:26 PM

Wow, you started big.

Good job.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#11 posted 03-17-2009 02:33 PM

Nice bench…sturdy and functional, without being over-the-top fancy. I’m sure you’ll get years of great service out of it.

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

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#12 posted 03-17-2009 02:33 PM

Nice looking bench.You should be proud of your first project.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#13 posted 03-17-2009 03:18 PM

nice sturdy bench! great work!

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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#14 posted 03-17-2009 03:25 PM

Thanks for the post. I’m ifinalizing the design phase of a bench project myself, so I’m looking for pointers and ideas. I’ll be builidng mine out of kiln-dried Douglas Fir.

I looked at the Harbor Freight vise, but bought a Groz (from Rockler) because of the 2-degree toe-in. The HF vise might have that as well, but it is not listed in their specs.

Bureaucrat is right … your bench will serve you well for a long time. Tweaking it is just part of the learning process!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#15 posted 03-17-2009 05:24 PM

Great job. Looking forward to seeing the projects built on it! Keep it up

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