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Workbench 2020 - Fashioned after Paul Sellers' design

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Project by Woodbutchery posted 04-18-2020 10:32 PM 2201 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We recently moved to Georgia, and I was able to start on a workbench. I’d been wanting one for five years or so, but I didn’t have room for it in the old house, and we had other projects to complete before we sold the house.

This is based off Paul Sellers’ design, with very few modifications ( 5 foot long vs. 5 1/2 feet, channel not cut in apron and benchtop for wellboard, but the rest pretty much follows Mr. Sellers plans. Most of the lumber I cut using table saw, mortises were done with a drill press to hog out most of the material, and finished with chisels. I was looking for a working bench and will continue to develop my hand tools skills further down the road.

I cut the lumber for the benchtop and got that glued up in January.

I took care of a few projects to help make the house more liveable, and in got the mortises done for the legs and glued up the frames for the base.

April, and I started working on the housing dados. First one took the longest, as usual.

With the exception of the last housing dado, the others were done by hand tools only. The fourth included a sizeable knot that would have taught me little more than how to handle frustration and possibly inventive vocabulary. I decided to hog out the area around the knot using a machine router, and then back to handtools for the fine details.

The aprons, attached to the legs

And a detail showing the wedge in action to press the leg up against the outside wall of the housing dado.

Then it was glue up the wellboard to fit the slot left to it, glue the benchtop to the front apron, attach benchtop and wellboard to bearers, and mount the vise.

I am very satisfied with the outcome. The bench is weighty, the vise is beefy (Eclipse 9), and this will be a bench that will work for some time for me.

Comments are always welcome, and if you’re interested in something similar, Paul Sellers has two video series; one for lumber and another series using plywood.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 04-19-2020 12:36 AM

That’s a good looking fence build. I’m certain that Paul Sellers would be proud of you.

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#2 posted 04-19-2020 01:15 AM

Great and functional bench. Should be able to make some fine sawdust on that baby. :)

-- Darrel

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#3 posted 04-19-2020 02:23 AM

Thanks Burly, Foghorn. Given what I’ve read and seen of Mr. Sellers, I’m sure he gets a little pride-bump anytime he sees someone build and use his bench design.

Really looking forward to putting this to use.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#4 posted 04-19-2020 03:17 AM

Very nice. Should serve you well.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#5 posted 04-19-2020 04:35 AM

A work bench is the statement that now, I will do some serious wood crafting, do that fine bench proud!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 04-19-2020 10:53 AM

It looks good (better then mine which was done with recycled lumber).

How did you attach the top as I don’t see “bearers” on top of the leg frames?

Do you plan to add the drawer, the under shelf and the lateral shelf?

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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Woodbutchery

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#7 posted 04-19-2020 11:53 AM

Thanks, Andre. I’ll do my best.

Sylvain, I attached the bearers but didn’t capture that in pictures. I don’t plan on adding a drawer as Paul Sellers did, but I do plan on building some cabinetry to mount under the table with pullout drawers to make use of the space for storage. I also plan to put the under shelf for holding the sharpening board and a few other items, as well as the tool well (would that be the lateral shelf you mentioned?). Both additions are just too useful not to add on.

For now, I’ve got a good number of projects to keep me busy for this year and next (we moved into a house with almost twice the square footage of our old house, and there are plenty of tabes, chairs, cabinets, book shelves, and sundry to build). As time allows, those additions will make their way onto the bench.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#8 posted 04-20-2020 12:35 AM

That is quite a bench! What is the purpose of the well, instead of a the entire top being flat? Not sure I completely understand the why of it. How do you use that part of the bench? I’ve never worked on a bench like this, first one I”ve seen. The photo really got my attention.

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#9 posted 04-20-2020 01:10 AM

Jkm, the well holds tools to keep them off the work surface but available as needed, especially chisels, marking tools, and such. The back apron is level with the bench top, so if you have excessively wide lumber to work with it will support it. Take a look at some of Paul Sellers’ videos on YouTube. You’ll get a chance to see the bench in action.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#10 posted 04-20-2020 01:19 PM

By lateral shelf, I mean the little shelf on the left side under the top and between the aprons where Paul Sellers keeps his diamond plates and strop.

first picture of 2nd video here:
https://paulsellers.com/2020/03/edge-sharpening-under-10/

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#11 posted 04-20-2020 03:10 PM

Sylvain – yup. Plan on having something installed before the week’s out. The rear tool storage add-on will come a bit later (couple of weeks; it’s not a difficult build). For now I need to start on other projects promised to SWMBO.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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