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Project by FreddieMac posted 03-15-2021 01:41 AM 1153 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a week of vacation while the wife and daughter went on a girls trip. I was trying to figure out how to use my time, so I decided to completely remove my old shelf workbench and build my version of a real workbench. But, I challenged myself to stick to a few criteria. I had to do it for less that $100, it needed to have a solid wood top and I had to finish in a week. I allow myself to use any scrap wood laying around the shop. It took a week and about $100 in wood and parts, but I built a sturdy bench with bench dog vice and mini workbench. I do not know why I set this challenge other than to see if I could so something.

These are my new workbenches; Dr. Evil and Mini-me. Dr. Evil was a challenge to say within budget with the price of wood these days. I spent about $70 on wood, $8 on two 3/4” dowels and about $12 on hardware and vice parts. Both made out of spruce top and Douglas fir base. The legs are 4×4s fir and the rails are made of spruce. I had some spruce left over from an old coffee table that was flooded and warped. I spent a day jointing and planning that wood for this project. The top is laminated spruce 2×3s. I would like to have gone with 2×4s but those put my over my challenge goal. The legs are joined via a combination of pocket screws and dowels. The dowels were a challenge. The top is attached with some simple L brackets. I wanted to be able to replace the top in the future if needed.

I build the vice with a 3/4” threaded rod, two fender washers, a couple of cotter pins and a nut. It works amazingly well. I figured it was just going to be something I would do for now and order a nicer vice later, but I used it for another project this weekend and it worked so well, I will not be replacing it anytime soon.

During this project I had a lot of scraps and waiting around time, so I built a wooden mallet. I also refinished my little 7oz hammer I call little hickory. All-in-all, it was a great vacation.





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 03-15-2021 01:44 AM

Nice work, heck of a budget though…

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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pottz

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#2 posted 03-15-2021 01:53 AM

dont mind me i just have never gotten the mini bench on the big bench thing,you did a beautiful job on it,i just dont get it?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#3 posted 03-15-2021 02:36 AM

I’m all about using framing lumber on stuff like this. Here in Maine it’s Fir and spruce. It is the least expensive option even though the price of that stuff is at a premium these days. It works good and even though It’s not super hard, it’s sandable and repairable. And you don’t have to be super careful with it. Several years ago I decided to make a router table top butcher block style out of it. Still using it today.

Looks good and should be functional for quite awhile….

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 03-15-2021 05:34 AM

Dang, that’s really nice.

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#5 posted 03-15-2021 12:39 PM

Neat job FM...


dont mind me i just have never gotten the mini bench on the big bench thing,you did a beautiful job on it,i just dont get it?
- pottz
pottzy, just wait till your back starts telling you that the work on your bench is too far down… if your eyes haven’t started already.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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FreddieMac

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#6 posted 03-15-2021 01:14 PM



I m all about using framing lumber on stuff like this. Here in Maine it s Fir and spruce. It is the least expensive option even though the price of that stuff is at a premium these days. It works good and even though It s not super hard, it s sandable and repairable. And you don t have to be super careful with it. Several years ago I decided to make a router table top butcher block style out of it. Still using it today.

Looks good and should be functional for quite awhile….

- Craftsman on the lake

I agree.

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JRAP

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#7 posted 03-15-2021 01:39 PM

Great job. I love the end vice.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com

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#8 posted 03-15-2021 11:49 PM

Nice workbench, I like that you made some of it from scrap. Now you won’t be afraid to use it!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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