Yet another workbench

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 02-15-2010 06:39 PM 3677 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been working on an embarassing workbench made of 4×4’s with a 2’x 4’ plywood top for too many years. For several years I had been looking at various bench plans and had conducted a series of Internet searches. I finally setteled on a bench that was featured in “Shop Notes,” during the last year or two, sorry but I can’t put my hand on the issue. They made their’s of douglas fir, but I decided that I wanted hard maple. The top surface is 33” x 71” and is about 2.5 inches thick. It’s outfitted with a large front vice and a tail-vice screw both from Lee Valley. After a lot of hemming and hawing I decided to mount the bench on a Noden Adjust-a-bench. This allows me to change the height from about 30” to 45”. Being about 6’2” I like to work on a high surface (around 38-40”) but I also like to lower the bench for assembly purposes.

-- Glen

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 06:55 PM

Great bench Glen,
I like the adjustable base, this has a lot of options to it.

-- Sptfish, Naples, Florida, http://[email protected]

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 07:01 PM

You need to make these for a living! NICE JOB!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 09:14 PM

WOW! What a great bench. I wish I had it in my shop. Did you find a reasonable source for the maple or did you just bite the bullet and pay the going price. I’d like to make one like yours but need more funds. Again – what a great job!

-- If woodworking is a drug - I'm addicted.

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 10:00 PM

Beautiful bench! One of the nicest seen here on LJ’s.
Can you reveal your total cost? From past inquiry it seemed the Noden bench base was a tad spendy???

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#5 posted 02-16-2010 12:16 AM

its to nice to work on.great job

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#6 posted 02-16-2010 12:36 AM

Thanks for the comments. As to cost the Adjust-a-bench legs are $430 and the castors with L-brackets are $100. Shipping isn’t cheap. I wish I had bought them at the woodworking show when I saw them demoed. I think the wood was $400-$500. I still have quite of 12/4 maple left. The two vices were about $105 + shipping. So the total was around $1000, don’t tell my wife. It seemed cheaper to build than buy and I shouldn’t need another bench, ever.

-- Glen

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#7 posted 02-16-2010 12:43 AM

Nice workbench!

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#8 posted 02-16-2010 11:37 AM

Very Nice! I’m jealous!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 02-22-2010 03:42 AM

Love the bench, especially the adjustible base. Are there plan available for this?

-- Rick

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#10 posted 02-22-2010 08:33 AM

Very cool workbench, congrats!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 03-10-2010 05:10 AM

not just another workbench… this is another GREAT workbench…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#12 posted 06-21-2010 10:57 PM

Wow glen, missed this till now it looks wonderful, thanks for posting.

-- stevenb

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#13 posted 06-21-2010 11:48 PM

Very cool bench Glen

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#14 posted 06-22-2010 06:21 PM

Great looking bench. I know what you mean about raising things to make it easier to work. I did the same, I’m 6’1” and have a bad back so it don’t take much bending and I’m done.

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

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#15 posted 02-03-2011 01:51 AM

You will love the Adjust a bench. I’ve had mine for three years now and have never been dissapointed that I bought it. I regularly use it as out feed for my table saw, router table and as an assembly bench at appropriate heights for whatever project I’m working on. The ability to roll it around the shop then lock it in place is invaluable with a set of casters installed. Beautiful work on the top it goes well as does the vice. Did the same myself. Enjoy it!

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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