Hand tool workbench

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Project by charlie posted 04-29-2018 02:12 AM 1415 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The old ‘build a workbench without a workbench’ – check out my setup of two sawbenches with the laminated top (which itself is a step up from macrocarpa-flitch-on-some-wobbly-bins). Tired of the B&D workmate moving around, I decided to build a workbench with some actual mass. I used the Paul Sellers model because it has good instructions and not a lot of complex joinery. I’ve got a copy of Schwarz’ workbench design books so that I can can be mindful about what features work, and don’t work, for me, so that the next iteration I build (if that happens) will be even more suited to me (also, so my kids can use one too!).

I still need to drill dog holes in the benchtop. I also will add a vise – there’s one on its way in the post. But as it is, this bench is so much better than the workmate for hand tool woodworking, and my back is a lot happier too! :-)

Made with all hand tools (and an electric screwdriver). Obliqua benchtop, pine tool well, poplar everything else.

-- unplugged in NZ

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#1 posted 04-29-2018 03:24 AM

Very Nice & Well Done Charlie!

Regards Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 04-29-2018 03:51 AM

Nice and sturdy looking workbench. Great job.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 04-29-2018 03:51 AM

Looks like a great bench.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 04-29-2018 04:49 AM

Very nice job. I really enjoyed Paul’s series on this build. you dd a great job

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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#5 posted 04-29-2018 10:18 AM

Nothing like having a sturdy workbench in the shop! Looks good!

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

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#6 posted 04-29-2018 06:28 PM

You did a nice job on this bench.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 05-01-2018 12:18 AM

Thanks everyone! I love using it!

-- unplugged in NZ

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#8 posted 05-01-2018 03:05 AM

Very nice workbench

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 05-13-2018 02:18 AM

Paul is so practical. I love how he shows people how to get going without fussing over the perfect rock maple top and all the bells and whistles. It’s a simple and effective bench that will likely last a lifetime.

Very nice.

-- I do this for fun.

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