Shaker inspired Work Bench

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Project by Quikenuff posted 12-06-2016 04:47 PM 4225 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This work bench has been in the planning stages from the beginning of more focused woodworking endeavor. So about 3 years. I wanted to build a bench as soon as I fettled and tuned my 1st block plane, but I knew I would need a bench to build the bench I ultimately wanted. It took nearly 4 months for me to build.

I bought the HF workbench assembled it and immediately disassembled it to add some support and increase stability and weight. It has served me well and I have no regrets in purchasing it nor time and materials spent upgrading it.

As my skills, along with hand tool usage, increased I started to experience some of the short comings of my HF based bench. My wants and needs in a bench had changed over time and so did my design. I mention this for new woodworkers intending to build their last bench 1st. Your needs and wants in a bench will change as you develop as a woodworker and in the end, a workbench is just another tool in your arsenal.

The bench is constructed with a maple frame, butternut legs and drawer fronts, pine panels, two store bought manufactured birch tops laminated together with maple edges and end caps. I bought a Record 53 off Craig’s List before I even bought the HF bench and a record 18” bench screw which I had no idea what I was going to do with it at the time. Both were like new and I basically stole them from the seller even though I happily paid his full asking price.

Nearly all of the lumber used was damaged by insects or otherwise unsuitable for furniture or even cutting boards. I did what I could to put the best face out but close up there are a lot of blemishes that don’t really show up in the photos.

My bench isn’t for everyone, but it suites my current needs very well and I doubt it will be my last workbench. (Assuming that someday I have a larger shop.) I hope some folks see some details they like and helps them design their own bench.

Thanks for looking,

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#1 posted 12-06-2016 04:50 PM

Some additional build photos:

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#2 posted 12-06-2016 05:01 PM

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 12-06-2016 07:11 PM

Nice bench …. I love the butternut! I have considered drawers under my bench for some time now … thanks for the nudge!

” ... but it suites my current needs very well …”

That’s ALL that matters!

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#4 posted 12-06-2016 07:22 PM

There’s a lot to like about your bench. I find that shelf space under the top a great idea and something I might consider for my bench.

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#5 posted 12-06-2016 09:14 PM

This is a beautiful bench and a very nice collection of tools.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 12-06-2016 09:30 PM

All that blemished lumber…simply hideous! I’d better come over and load the bench up in my truck and take it off your hands!


-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...

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#7 posted 12-07-2016 04:00 AM

Nice bench who cares about the blemishes. Mine have that from me spilling something…. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 12-07-2016 01:13 PM

Very nice! I like the look of the wood, even if it’s technically blemished.

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#9 posted 12-07-2016 02:10 PM

Well done! love it, blemishes and all!

-- Doug...

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#10 posted 12-07-2016 07:59 PM

any work bench that doesnt have blemishes is a bench that hasnt been used yet.the bench only needs to suit your needs no one elses,great job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 09-12-2017 11:43 AM

Real nice workbench!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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