My Workbench

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Project by mrg posted 03-15-2011 01:06 AM 3647 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My workbench is constructed out of 2 4×4’s, 3 2×4’s, 1 4×8 sheet of 3/4” plywood. The top is 62×24 inches long. The stretchers are 2×4’s and 3/8 threaded rod. The base is 48” x 24”. The bench sits 33 1/2’s high. The top is two pieces of plywood laminated and screwed together from the bottom. The top and shelf are attached using s-clip table top fasteners. The steel rods add rigidity to the base. The top hangs 4 inches on one end and 10 inches on the other.

The top is sprayed with 3 coats of poly-acrylic, sanded between coats and the remainder of the bench was left natural. I may coat the top with acrylic epoxy in the future, we will see how the top holds up. I still need to add a vise on the 10 inch over hung end and maybe dog holes.

The plans were from Fine Wood Working. I built this in two weekends with a couple of minor setbacks. Having to re-drill the holes in the 4×4 legs because I didn’t drill the straight so I made them 5/8’s and everything lined up.

All in all it was a fun build and is going to help with my shop setup.

-- mrg

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Paul Pomerleau

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 01:09 AM

Very nice, I like it.
Good job.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#2 posted 03-15-2011 01:17 AM

I made the same bench for my shop as well. You put yours together nicely. I like the plywood look as opposed to the MDF they suggested. The bench is very solid and work great as an outfeed table. It will last you for years.

I wish the design left more of a lip along the front and rear of the bench for clamping to the top.

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 02:06 AM

Nice looking workbench!

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 02:56 AM

Nice work.

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

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 03:29 AM

I built mine from the same plans. It is extremely sturdy I’m sure. Like theken I wish it had more of a lip as well however I’ve been able to clamp to the stretchers without much issue so far.

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#6 posted 03-15-2011 09:49 AM

very good looking bench. The nice thing of this FWW bench is that if you deside to build a new one this will still serve you nicely as an outfeed or assembly table.
well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#7 posted 03-15-2011 05:24 PM

I like this. I just finished a 21st century WB but still need to replace my first WB with something to hold my drill press, scroll saw, etc. and to use as a second bench. Thanks

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 03-16-2011 06:06 AM

HorizontalMike iChecked out the post on your bench , that is some bench. I have plans for the acorn bench that i think i might tackle come fall.

The plans for this bench are on FFW and also of all places

-- mrg

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#9 posted 07-21-2011 03:14 AM

nicely done.

have you added a vise or 2 to it since you posted it?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 07-21-2011 05:38 AM

I haven’t add any vises yet, been toying with making one since I have time on my hands.

-- mrg

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