Solid, cheap and attractive 2x4 workbench

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Project by TheWoodfather posted 03-06-2017 08:04 AM 6682 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It took a couple of full weekends working away to get this done, but I couldn’t be happier with the results.
This workbench has made such a difference to my hobby, my only regret with this build is that I didn’t do it 8 years ago, my enjoyment levels are through the roof when using it.

It’s made from your standard 2×4 lengths of structural pine from the big box store here in Australia. Then to hide my poor handiwork on the top and end, I have some inlays of hardwood, spotted gum in this case. These inlays look (to my eye at least), fantastic, I love the way they cleaned up the slab once added.

As it was such a big project for me, I ended up filming quite a bit, I decided to edit the video into a 2 parter, if you’re interested you can watch them both below.

Not having all the right tools and all the right skills, when watching the video you may think I’ve done a strange job in parts, but I assure you, the bench comes out solid, level and steady at the end, great fun using it too!

View on YouTube

View on YouTube

I’ve got a lot more info about this bench on my website if you’re interested as well:


-- - Here, for learning.

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#1 posted 03-06-2017 01:32 PM

Thanks for the post. Very cool. I thought of building a similar bench. This gives me a good idea of how to do it.

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#2 posted 03-07-2017 12:12 AM

Very nice and functional bench, a lot of work, thought and execution. With some after thought, wood can be very forgiving.

I watched the videos and appreciate the fact that you projected yourself as in a constant learning mode. Too many don’t post or talk about their flaws and by not only showing but admitting yours, you have earned the respect of many I’m sure and that counts me double

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 03-07-2017 02:27 AM

A good carpenter can cover his mistakes! So I think you did well, looks like a bench to me.

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#4 posted 03-07-2017 05:58 AM

Really enjoyed the video; thanks for posting. Can relate to this more than some of the “pro” videos!

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#5 posted 03-07-2017 08:41 AM

hah, cheers guys, yeah I figure if I try to gloss over my mistakes people will quickly notice them and assume I’m trying to hide errors and look better than I am.

I’m a fairly honest and straightforward person, so makes sense for me to edit my videos in that manner. People seem to enjoy it as well, I guess I make others feel better about their own work when they compare it to mine!

-- - Here, for learning.

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#6 posted 03-07-2017 04:22 PM

Looks fine to me. I’m planning to build one in the months to come and I will certainly draw some inspiration from your videos. Congrats.

-- Fabien

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#7 posted 08-23-2017 02:36 AM

Looks great!

I bought a bunch of 2×4’s earlier this year with the intention of making my 1st bench, but I got sidetracked with other things. Now I think I should build one while the weather is still nice!

How did you orient the end grain to compensate for the expansion and contraction of the 2×4’s?

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