Woodsmith Workbench

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Project by Jordan posted 11-22-2012 10:17 AM 5278 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my weekend workbench based on the plans from Woodsmith. The only difference between my build and the woodsmith build is material selection. I chose to use pine as my lumber as opposed to fir which was recommended in the plans. I think this has some positive and negative implications. This made the project cost much more affordable, and it was much easier to work with as it is a softer wood. It is much less robust than fir, however I think that this bench will last me as long as I need in my current house.

I chose to recess the face vise into the edges of the bench top, which is a decision I am very happy with. It has afforded me the ability to easily clamp longer work piece to the bench. I have also drilled 1/2” holes into the bench top on one end to secure my benchtop drill press and bandsaw. Future changes/upgrades will be to install bench dogs and potentially install cabinet shelving below the bench top.

This was my first major build since picking up this hobby in June. The tools I used include, Makita Circular Saw fo breaking down MDF, Rigid Table Saw, Bosch Router for chamfer and insetting the vise, block plane for cleaning up the joints and a good sanding with my Milwaukee palm sander.

My recommendations for anyone deciding to build this bench is to strongly consider the dimensions, as the specified size is quite large.

-- Jordan, BC

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#1 posted 11-22-2012 12:17 PM


That’s a beautiful bench, and welcome to Lumberjocks.

Don’t concern yourself about using pine for your bench. It is perfectly appropriate for a bench.

Paul Sellers is a great woodworker from the UK and he has used a pine workbench for over forty years. He works almost exclusively with hand tools. In the youtube video I linked to he is building a workbench similar to his own, and he talks about how going with a different wood is unnecessary.

You’ve made a nice bench and it should last you a lifetime.

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#2 posted 11-22-2012 01:10 PM

what a great looking current workbench is pine also and it is just fine.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 11-22-2012 03:04 PM

looks good to me, my first bench was 2×4’s and particle board… also huge and more or less a clutter catcher. It has long since been decommissioned and rebuilt into several different things since. But you gotta start somewhere to figure out what you REALLY want and need. I think the point of Fir is that it tends to come, and stay, much straighter than other sorts of pine.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 11-22-2012 03:11 PM

Nice bench Scott and welcome to Lumberjocks. Look forward to some projects!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#5 posted 11-22-2012 04:48 PM

Nice work Jordon

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#6 posted 11-22-2012 04:53 PM

Very nice! Have lots of fun with it :)
You could post some more pics…

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#7 posted 11-22-2012 05:22 PM

I will post some more tonight once I get it cleaned up. This was taken during the assembly of my current project.

-- Jordan, BC

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#8 posted 11-22-2012 05:36 PM

This is a nice design and it looks like you did a great job. This looks a lot like mine, including the cutoff storage underneath :) I used the same design for the base, but I used laminated dimensional lumber instead of the MDF sandwich, basically the same top as in the Paul Sellers video in the link, above.

-- Barry,

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#9 posted 11-22-2012 07:20 PM

This is a nice design a beautiful bench!!

-- Dimitrios Afidnes Greece

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#10 posted 11-22-2012 07:23 PM

Looks good and sturdy. Throw 4 of these on there and it goes anywhere like an outfeed table.

My current bench is a leftover aquarium stand with a mdf sandwhich top also. The mdf does’nt hold dogs well at all, its the only thing I will change in the future.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#11 posted 11-23-2012 02:59 AM

Very Nice Indeed!! Thanks for Posting!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#12 posted 11-23-2012 04:51 AM

i made the same bench sized for my needs.easy build and very sturdy it is.great job and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#13 posted 11-23-2012 05:24 AM

I added some further pictures after a bit of clean up.

-- Jordan, BC

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#14 posted 11-23-2012 05:42 AM

Nice build. You started the hobby the correct way in my opinion with a good solid functional workbench.

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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#15 posted 11-23-2012 06:12 AM

Great job. I have the plans for this workbench, too, though I didn’t end up building it. You’ve done a great job!

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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