Ist work bench

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Project by abish0220 posted 04-07-2018 12:30 AM 2031 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first workbench, I got douglas fir at an auction pretty cheap, paid $40 for two nine foot pieces just shy of three inches thick and about thirteen inches wide.
I used this for the top, I know it’s a little soft but it is my first so it will be replaced. I bought three 4×4 df, for the legs. As for the joiner I used a dado stack and then a hand plane to fit the lap joints, all glue no screw. the top is just dropped on and I added a quick release vice for the end and my leg vise screw just showed up so I will update when I get that on.

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#1 posted 04-07-2018 12:40 AM

That will work abish. Don’t worry about the doug fir top, it will probably last 50 years and dings just show it is being used. The glue only for the lap joints may start giving over time trying to hold against lateral forces. If so, just peg them. In fact, you may want to peg them now to help the glue hold.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#2 posted 04-07-2018 02:27 AM

Ditto on the Doug Fir top. The most important thing is to have a way of clamping larger work. You’re covered!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#3 posted 04-07-2018 02:29 AM

Mine is mostly poplar which works just fine. I’d rather ding the bench than the work piece. Nice work. Solid.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 04-07-2018 02:32 AM

Nice joinery on a solid bench, good job!

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#5 posted 04-07-2018 12:01 PM

Nice job, now guild a shelf or even a cabinet under it. :)

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#6 posted 04-07-2018 01:09 PM

First time I’ve seen a roman numeral with an st,nd,rd or th on the end

-- John Darlington Sc

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#7 posted 04-07-2018 05:02 PM

This is a fine looking work bench and you have done a wonderful job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 04-07-2018 05:24 PM

Good looking bench. Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 04-07-2018 08:59 PM

Great workbench! You will love to work on it for many years!
Some years ago I built my first real workbench and I still love it, it’s so sturdy and all the clamping options. Having a solid workbench makes a huge difference. Btw, I built mine from laminated spruce and it serves me well without any problem. Have a lot of fun with your bench!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#10 posted 04-19-2018 12:12 AM

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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