New Workbench

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Project by TraylorPark posted 08-25-2017 12:03 PM 2338 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a new workbench I just completed. Total size is 75” long x 24” deep and 35” tall. The bench is made from construction 2x material. The top is 2 layers laminated together for a total thickness of just under 3”. The 2” wood screw for the leg vise is made from walnut and was found in my parents barn a few years ago. Best guess on age of the screw is probably in the 50-100 year age, and is holding up great. My family has lived on that property for about 30 years and it was vacant for about 20 years before that and it was known that there was a sawmill and presumably a shop there around the start of the 1900s. The chop is some 8/4 gummy cherry and the sliding dead man is cherry. Tail vise hardware was purchased from Lee Valley. I painted the base because I was lazy and didn’t want to prep it for stain and finish. The top is finished with some dark walnut danish oil and a couple coats of sprayed poly. Some of the material for the bench was on hand from a previous bench so the total cost for this came in under $100 including the tail vise hardware, and the total build time was probably around 15 hours. I’m really pleased with how it came out. Initially I was worried about it being too light, but some test planning in the leg vise and flattening some boards across the bench proved that it is very stable with little to no movement, but it is still light enough to move it against or away from the wall by myself. Thanks for looking and any comments, questions, or critiques are always welcome.

-- --Zach

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#1 posted 08-25-2017 01:16 PM

Looks like you put together a nice functional workbench for little money. I just finished my workbench and loving it and I’m sure you will love working on your’s also. Got to have a place to do your work!
Nice job! Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 08-25-2017 01:29 PM

GREAT BENCH !!! Good looking and highly functional. I have a certain fondness for a leg vise and sliding board jack myself. Nice to see a flat top, too. “Tool wells” are just places to lose tools and collect sawdust. Thank you for sharing this bench with us.

-- OleGrump

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#3 posted 08-25-2017 02:52 PM

This is a nice heavy workbench and will be a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 08-25-2017 04:16 PM

I sure enjoy seeing all the nice benches on here, good job!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 08-26-2017 05:18 PM

That’s super nice!

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#6 posted 08-26-2017 09:16 PM

Good looking bench, I like it a lot. The painted base works really well for my eye. I am a wood worker, but there is only so much wood grain that I want to see.

Is the 24” the full width of the top of this bench, including the thickness of the side rails and the recessed tool tray?

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#7 posted 08-28-2017 12:00 AM

Thanks for all the kind words. I hope to start beating it up pretty soon with a new project build. :)

Is the 24” the full width of the top of this bench, including the thickness of the side rails and the recessed tool tray?

- jimintx

It is. I have recently took a hand tool class from a local craftsman and used one of his benches with pretty much this same dimensions and really felt comfortable working on either side, so I modeled mine after it.

-- --Zach

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