Finally, a workbench that never was a door!

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Project by Firewood posted 08-04-2019 10:20 PM 1604 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench is fashioned after a number of different plans I looked at – mostly from Christopher Schwarz’s book. The top is 3” thick ash and measures 66×26 inches. The top was built in 3 sections, but they were still too wide for my jointer, so I used a planer sled to get them flat. The short stretchers are draw-bored into the legs and the long stretchers are held in with bench bolts. The top is pinned to the base with dowels so it can be removed. The vise is a 9” Rockler. The rear jaw slips into a mortise from underneath. The casters are from Woodcraft. The paper roll dispenser is made of 1/2” plywood. I used Steve Ramsey’s plans for that. It is finished with a single coat of clear Danish Oil. Eventually I plan to add some drawers underneath, but that will have to wait for now. Thanks for looking.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#1 posted 08-04-2019 10:37 PM

That’s really very very nice. I bet you’re going to enjoy using that!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 08-05-2019 12:42 AM

I have been designing a new bench in my head for the last six months while I finish insulating and conditioning my garage/shop and your bench is pretty much exactly what I have been imagining. My jointer is only 6” wide, so I guess I’ll also be pulling out the planer sled, although yours looks much nicer than mine! Really nice job – thanks for sharing.

-- Just make the cut

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#3 posted 08-05-2019 01:51 AM

Awesome looking bench. Extra points for a great title.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 08-05-2019 03:18 AM

Nice bench. I love those wheels for a bench, so mobile, yet so well planted when down. Everyone is afraid of rolling benches. With those wheels they need not be.

Great work. Use it in good health.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 08-05-2019 04:00 AM

Looks like it’s made to last and well thought out. Now throw some sawdust on the floor, you’re making the rest of us look bad.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#6 posted 08-05-2019 05:35 AM

+1 Need more sawdust on floor! Nice bench too. :-)

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#7 posted 08-05-2019 10:17 AM

That is a nice bench.

-- Petey

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#8 posted 08-05-2019 12:08 PM

What’s the footprint of the base? 4’?

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#9 posted 08-05-2019 12:09 PM

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#10 posted 08-05-2019 02:32 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. avmusic1, the base measures 49”x25”. There is about 12” overhang on the left side and about 5” on the right side. There’s still room to add an end vise (someday) as the screw will pass over the upper stretcher.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 08-05-2019 03:56 PM

excellent addition to your shop and I’ll bet your wife is glad to get the door back on the bathroom!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#12 posted 08-05-2019 04:04 PM


As I said earlier, that’s an awesome looking bench. It should serve your woodworking needs for many years to come…..!! Congrats on making the Top 3 honors…..well deserved……!! Try not to scratch it up too bad….lol….!!

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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#13 posted 08-06-2019 01:04 AM

I want one, real bad!

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#14 posted 08-06-2019 04:02 PM

Love it

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