Different Kind of Workbench

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Project by Kyle Hooks posted 04-26-2017 10:12 AM 2207 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to make a new desk, and I thought to myself, “Self: What if you build a desk kinda like you build a workbench. Super sturdy.”

My first project on LumberJocks was a folding desk. It wasn’t really all that sturdy, and I got tired of it. So I gave it to my dad and built this one.

I went to just about everywhere in town that sells lumber to find clear, quarter-sawn, un-pressure-treated 4×4’s. Not an easy task! . . . but it was worth it.

Some key features are:
—> All wood joints. No metal fasteners at all.
—> Draw-bored mortise and tenon stretchers
—> Through mortise and tenons holding the top to the legs
—> Solid laminated top
—> Made from all doug fir 4×4’s
—> Built-in cable management
—> Weighs a ton, but its rock solid!
—> As I started to sand them down, I decided I liked having the through tenons on the top a little proud. So I left them.

Here’s a link to my original desk, in case you were curious:

7 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-26-2017 11:09 AM

Sturdy for sure, nice way to hide the wires.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 04-26-2017 04:56 PM

I’m a mortise and tenon junkie and I like to see the joinery displayed as you did on the thru tenons for the legs on the top. Nice job!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 04-26-2017 06:43 PM

You’ll replace the PC a few dozen times and that desk will still be as good as new. Impressive work on the joinery.

You should be proud of this.

-- By "Woodshop" I mean my two car garage full of wood and tools.

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#4 posted 04-26-2017 08:15 PM

It looks like a very sturdy workbench. Nice work. I don’t think the computer equipment will over load it and you can always take the computer off when you need the extra work room.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 04-26-2017 08:27 PM

There is no amount of masturbation that could break that behemoth.

I’d plane down the proud tenons, might get annoying to bump your hand/mouse into them.

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#6 posted 04-27-2017 08:06 AM

Well I think is strong enough… nice joinery :) !!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#7 posted 04-30-2017 08:39 PM

I like it! I once had a clever idea but was outvoted by my wife. Years ago FW ads included a reasonably priced workbench made of Tennessee “truck bed oak”. My idea was to shorten the legs and use it as a coffee table. The vices could be used to hold a variety of things as a third hand. I would still go for it but can’t seem to find the seller.

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