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Project by Mark posted 07-06-2011 02:45 AM 3776 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this workbench for my garage. Free plan was online… google search filetype:pdf heavy duty workbench to find the plan.

Mitered corners with a circular saw are not fun. Can’t wait to save to buy more tools!

I also need to add the woodworking vise (again, need to save the mulah!)

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#1 posted 07-06-2011 03:09 AM

Nice job! Looks sturdy and functional. If that top is mdf,dont let it get wet!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 07-06-2011 05:56 AM

Nice job on the sturdy looking bench, that should serve you well.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#3 posted 07-06-2011 06:56 AM

Nice! That’s got to be one solid workbench. I built my first workbench out of MDF as well, but mine’s a lot smaller due to lack of space. Check out my shop, i’m also new to woodworking, 3 months and 1 week NEW!!! lol

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#4 posted 07-06-2011 02:11 PM

Check out this workbench for some good ideas about a vise option that is not very costly


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#5 posted 07-06-2011 06:09 PM

Mark, it’s a nice clean looking work bench. Good job.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 11-03-2011 10:59 PM

Mark, great looking bench. I remember when I first got into this hobby I only had a circular saw and a jigsaw. I certainly don’t miss cutting miters with my circ saw!

I’ve been looking at building this workbench myself for quite some time as well. I’m hoping you can give me your thoughts on the design and how it’s held up for you so far. Any changes/modifications you wish you would have made?

-- "If you can't do something smart, do something right." -- Sheppard Book

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#7 posted 11-04-2011 12:14 AM

The bench is serving me very well so far. I bought a vice and got that attached. Didn’t realize how much I would use it. Comes in handly alot. The only thing I don’t have are bench dogs and that is sort of annoying. Got to find a way to make a jig that serves as a bench dog. I’ve seem some designs that look ok. Also, because the top is MDF I can’t get water anywhere near it. Well, that means that I do all my glue ups on another table because I don’t want to get a wet rag near the MDF. I’ve done a little research about sealing the MDF – have read about mixing glue with water I believe, also thought about putting some type of laminate on top but haven’t investigated that at all. I love the sturdiness of it, the size of it is terrific, the shelf is great – and it was pretty easy to make (except for the mitered corners). Good luck building your workbench!

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