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Project by Mr M's Woodshop posted 01-03-2011 01:08 AM 3338 views 11 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This workbench is the centerpiece of my garage workshop. I sized it to fit my space: 5’ long, 28” wide, 39” tall (which is a good height for me and matches my nearby table saw), so long stock can slide smoothly from the bench through the saw blade when ripping.

Maple top. The top was made from 8/4 Maple, which was cut into 2×2 stock, and then joined with biscuits. I used my drill press to drill holes for bench dogs over the entire top—I can do clamping over the entire length of the bench + vise. Dogs, by the way, are simply 2”x2” squares from 3/4” walnut with 3/4” oak dowels mounted in the center. Bench top ends were attached with mortise & tenon joinery—breadboard ends, really, except the ends were wide stock mounted vertically to match the sides, providing a 4” long skirt around the top. The skirt is also drilled for bench dogs, as are the sides of the end vise.

Oak base. Drawers in the base maximize storage space and add some weight for even more stability.

2 vises: a Veritas double screw end vise, and a quick release vise on the opposite end.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#1 posted 01-03-2011 01:15 AM

Realy nice job. The bench looks great!

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#2 posted 01-03-2011 01:20 AM

Wow.Thats almost to nice to use.Enjoy

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#3 posted 01-03-2011 01:21 AM

The only thing wrong with this is its not mine! What a great bench, I wish I had room for a beast like this…. Well done !!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 01-03-2011 01:32 AM

That really caught my eye. Top Notch.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#5 posted 01-03-2011 01:41 AM

Looking good. I like all the dog holes. Planing ahead is always good thing.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 01-03-2011 01:42 AM

Looks great.

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#7 posted 01-03-2011 02:31 AM

This thing looks like it could withstand a nuclear attack!

-- Mangling good wood since 2005.

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#8 posted 01-03-2011 03:08 AM

Good looking work bench. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 01-03-2011 03:11 AM


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#10 posted 01-03-2011 03:48 AM

It’s the perfect size for my garage too and I see you’re not to far from me so one night I’ll have to sneek up there and get it. Love it…
What method did you use to attach the top of the bench to the lower part?


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#11 posted 01-03-2011 03:59 AM

congrat´s with your new bench Henry :—)

take care

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#12 posted 01-03-2011 05:42 AM

Nice looking workbench!

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#13 posted 01-03-2011 08:02 AM

Nice work

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#14 posted 01-03-2011 08:06 AM

Beautiful bench.

-- Scott in Texas

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#15 posted 01-03-2011 08:26 AM

That has to be a great addition to Your shop, it deserves center stage and it makes even the mundane tasks a pleasure I am quite sure ! Nice work

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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