My First Project

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Project by SWODADDY posted 05-02-2008 03:09 AM 1611 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all. I finally went out and got my wood shop material and started. It is amazing how much time goes by when you dont know what you’re doing. This workbench is my first project (well technically my second, but since my first became firewood we wont talk about that). I actually drew this plan myself and built it without shelves at first and then decided to add them afterwards. Learned some lessons on that like dont make the carcass EXACTLY the same size as the opening (no wiggle room). So I had to do some quick trimming and lowering of the support frames below. Anyways, it is mostly 2 X 4’s for the framing and 2 MDF boards glued together and hard wood trim. 3/4 plywood below the table with 1/4” ply acting as a guide in the dado’s and bottom of shelves. Just a few coats of shallac for a seal. So far it works great. I have a lot of storage and it is the same height as the table saw and router table. Nothing like some of the ones I have seen here, but off to a good start for me.

-- The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy of life lies in not having goals to reach for.

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#1 posted 05-02-2008 03:37 AM

This is an excellent bench. It has plenty of needed storage and you have a nice space on which to work. This one is definately not firewood material.

Nice job and you put a nice finish on it too, by the way.

Now if only you can work on getting the car out of the way!!!!!

Thanks for the post. I appreciated this one.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-02-2008 03:45 AM

Great job, very practical design. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#3 posted 05-02-2008 03:50 AM

This is a great first project! I’ll bet you learned a lot from it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 05-02-2008 03:52 AM

Great bench with lots of storage. Sounds like you did a fair amount of planning before you built this. With a start like this, you’ll be a master in no time. Good luck with your woodworking and thanks for your service. Keep the projects, and the subsequent posts, coming.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#5 posted 05-02-2008 05:51 AM

Not knowing what you’re doing and doing it anyway is the best way to learn.

You did a great job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 05-02-2008 05:56 AM

NICE JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#7 posted 05-02-2008 12:45 PM

Great job! Welcome to woodworking. As for firewood, I’m still creating it!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#8 posted 05-02-2008 02:29 PM

Great job, looks like your off to a great start. just keep at it and before you know it you will be surprised at the stuff you will be building.

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#9 posted 05-02-2008 02:36 PM

Excellent bench! Very nice. Now all you need is a good bench vise/dog system and maybe some casters for mobility, and you’ll be good to go! Like your router table too!

But I really love the pic of you sitting on Saddam’s throne! You deserve that one! Thanx!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 05-02-2008 04:58 PM

Like the bench. Makes good use of normally unused space.

Also like the inventive clamp storage idea!!!

-- Tom, Charlotte, North Carolina

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#11 posted 05-02-2008 06:22 PM

Thanks for the comments. I do need a vise, but I tried to add the wheels and the bench weighs some 372 lbs and the frame is too close to the floor to move. So I just added wheels to everything else to move around the table. next time I will add the wheels first and then create around it.

-- The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy of life lies in not having goals to reach for.

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#12 posted 05-02-2008 08:41 PM

Nice job – no one would ever know it was your first project unless you mentioned it -

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#13 posted 05-04-2008 02:17 AM

Your going to love having that work surface you did a great job. Keep up the good work.

-- Billp

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