My New Work Bench

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 07-14-2012 06:53 AM 9443 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished my new work bench. It is designed to replace my old table which I used as an outfeed table and assembly table.

  • All frame members are constructed using 2×10’s ripped to the width needed.
  • The top is part of a 1 3/4 inch solid core door with white Formica glued on with contact cement.
  • Legs are two 2×3’s glued and screwed together. I drilled, glued and installed a 5/8 inch x 3 inch bolt in each leg. Two 5/8 nuts are glued into the leg. It is a snap to adjust the table height using this method.
  • The framework is also 2 x material glued and fastened together with 5/16 inch x 3 inch lag screws. Whew! Thank goodness I have an impact wrench.
  • The lower shelf is made from reclaimed pallet boards that I planed and ripped. They cleaned up pretty nice. When I nailed them in, I spaced each board the width of a 12 penny nail so it they need to swell, so be it.

For more details of this build, check out my blog.
Hope you like it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 07-14-2012 10:31 AM

That bench looks as solid as the day is long, and should serve you well.

+1 vote for a SYP ‘Work’ bench. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 01:22 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 07-14-2012 01:45 PM

Great bench

Great to see your forward planning

with the vice.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 07-14-2012 03:39 PM

Now THAT is what I call a WORK bench !
That thing looks bomb-proof, and I bet you get a lot of good service from it.

Well done !

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#5 posted 07-14-2012 11:40 PM

Very nice and solid bench mate. Is that a record vise?

I’m assuming the bots in the legs are for levelling, have you considered using hockey pucks over the bolt ends for grip?

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#6 posted 07-15-2012 12:07 AM

@meikou – thanks. The vise is this one.

I don’t think hockey pucks will be needed. The floor of the garage is rough and uneven…and the bench is heavy. It ain’t going nowhere! :-). It is really easy to adjust the bolts. Just lift the bench a little and turn the bolt; set it down and check the level; snug the nut against the washer when finished.

Thank you all for your kind words. It took a long time to finish but I am really happy with the results. Hopefully I will get some time next week to drill a few holes for the bench dogs.


-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 07-15-2012 07:19 PM

Truly a man’s workbench! Nice job!

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#8 posted 01-13-2013 04:33 AM

And now for an update. With the weather kinda iffy lately, I have been working on getting better organized in my shop. No one ever accused me of being a cabinet maker. :-) However, I did manage to make a pair of drawers and retrofit them (with supporting frame) under the work bench. I didn’t get a perfect fit on the left side. One of the table cross members must have been slightly different size causing the fit to be off a smidgeon, but hey, the drawers fit and work great.

Note: I used white pine for the drawer sides and ends and 1/4 inch plywood for the bottoms. Slowly using up my misc wood leftovers from other projects.

I am a happy camper right now.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 01-23-2014 11:13 PM

I updated my bench a while back by adding two of the Kreg Klamp Tracks. They have proved to be really helpful in all sorts of my workflow from holding the workpiece in place to assembly.

Then, this past weekend, I added another feature – a shop made plate for the Kreg clamps. Prefect for holding my cabinet parts in place for glue up or assembly. I had a piece of 1/4×3 inch plate about 10 inches long. It was left over from a project from several years ago. I bought the aluminum on ebay from this guy. Actualy, I have made several purchases from him. He is a good guy to deal with.

The plate is bolted in place with washers and lock nuts from underneath the 2 inch thick top.

As you can see from the pics, I have drilled 7/8 inch holes in the table for additional clamping options.

Finally, I installed a foot flange under the table top so I can screw a 1/2 inch pipe clamp into it. This area of the table has drawers underneath it and not accessible.

Hope you find this useful.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 10-20-2014 02:38 AM

Well, I was sitting here this morning thinking “what can I do today?” I know. I will build a drawer for my work bench.

As you can see by the pics, the open area under the work bench is a catch all, and it has become a real mess.
So I cleared everything out and sucked up the dust. Then I dug out the leftovers from our kitchen remake and found the stuff needed to make a drawer and a pair of full extension soft close drawer slides.

I had some 3/4 inch Baltic birch left over from another project that I used for the two sides. The front and rear are made from some prefinished 3/4 inch cabinet plywood.

I also scrounged up some 1/2 inch ply for the drawer bottom. It is heavy duty and should last a long time.

I glued and stapled the box using a simple rabbit joint on each corner. I don’t see any need in any special joints. The glue will do a good job.

When I get some scrap white pine, I will make a drawer front to match the others. But that is not high on the priority list.

I am liking that drawer.

Here are some pics.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#11 posted 01-06-2015 01:55 PM

Awesome bench! Looks like a blast to work with.

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