4x8 workbench

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Project by dhoovler posted 12-20-2015 07:57 PM 8184 views 17 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first post on this forum so please bear with me and I hope the pics show up. My wife and I purchased a house in PA last winter with a full (1900 sq feet) unfinished basement. My plan is make half of it my workshop and the other half will serve for other purposes. The basement had moisture issues when we first bought the place so I focused on getting that fixed this past summer. After that was addressed, I built shelving and benches along the walls and then began this project. The original plan was to use 2×3’s, 1×4’s, and OSB board. The thought of making this space into a wood shop wasn’t my original idea. I just needed a space where I could tinker around and fix things. And then I ran into someone looking to sell a few wood working tools and it went from there.

I built this around my contractors table saw and an old craftsman router I had laying around. The router is on a homemade lift. I also added a moxon vise to one end and there are plenty of other accessories I would like to add later down the road. The thing I like most about it is all the drawer space I gained : )

-- --Doug, Pennsylvania, Expert sawdust maker, nothing more.

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#1 posted 12-20-2015 09:36 PM

This is an awesome centerpiece bench
What a great post to kick off what I’m sure will be many more projects to come
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#2 posted 12-20-2015 11:32 PM

Great job it looks awesome. The progress photos are great. Nice end result. Congrats on you new up and coming shop.

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#3 posted 12-21-2015 01:19 AM

Awesome backbench.Great job!!!

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#4 posted 12-21-2015 01:27 AM

I dream to have that much space in my shop for such a nice table. Great work!

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#5 posted 12-21-2015 03:53 AM

Very well done. So much organization. So much storage.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 12-21-2015 05:00 AM

Very very nicely done, to have a 4 by 8 work bench is a godsend congrats and it looks well thought out

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

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#7 posted 12-21-2015 12:41 PM

you have drawers for days now, thats a nice workstation you have there. should be able to use that surface for just about any cutting, shaping, assembling, or finishing that you would ever need to do

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#8 posted 12-21-2015 06:43 PM

Great job! I’m in the process of building a workbench very similar to this and I’m about to begin on the drawers. Would you mind posting some pix of the drawers and how you installed them? Thanks!

-- I've learned 10 times more from my mistakes than from my successes.

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#9 posted 12-22-2015 12:43 AM

Thx for all the positive feedback guys. Hard to believe I made the “daily top 3” with my first post.

Kmerkle, below are pictures of the drawers. nothing fancy but i did splurge on 22” fully extendable drawer slides. The last bench I built had wooden slides. They worked but I chose to go with something different this time around. As far as installing them….I am not the expert but I can provide a few pointers.

1. If I were to do it all over again, the framework for the bench would have been made out of birch plywood. This will make the slide rails much easier to install but it will also add cost to the project.
2. Kreg sells a drawer slide jig. I don’t own one. I just used scrap pieces of wood to get them in there and adjusted as necessary. some drawers slide easier than others on my bench but it not unbearable.
3. When you do install them, Start from the bottom and work your way up. Lower drawer will serve as support for the one you’re installing above it.

As far as material used to build them…I used 1/2” plywood for the sides, front, and back. all of them had a 1/4” dado for the bottom. 1/2” from the bottom. I screwed 3/4” faces (maple plywood) on them once they were in place.

Puting it all together…If you dont own a kreg pocket hole jig, get one. Its my go to tool for assembly and works great. A little glue and a dozen or so screws and you’ll have a very strong drawer. dovetails are overrated;)

Below are some pics. Hope this helps.

I little personal touch here…poly over a decal.

All thread that still needs to be cut for my router lift.

-- --Doug, Pennsylvania, Expert sawdust maker, nothing more.

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#10 posted 12-23-2015 05:26 AM

wow! looks amazing. well done sir

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