Work Table

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Project by fred posted 03-13-2007 11:40 PM 5877 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I first started to build my Shop (it’s not a garage, it’s a Shop) the only bench I had was a 3’x6’ folding table. It worked great for a couple of years. After looking through woodworking magazines for a couple of years, I decided to build a workbench. For me, simple is best. I also wanted to use it as an assembly table and an extension for the table saw.

I used 1”x 4” pine for the legs, feet and top cross-pieces. I glued them together to form a 4” x 4”. Well, really 3” x 4”. They are really strong. Made mortise and tenon joints so everything could fit together. Actually, at glue up I left spaces on the legs, feet and top cross-pieces so I could just slip them together. I glued and screwed a piece of MDF to the top cross-pieces. I put a piece of ¼” birch plywood on top of the MDF. Using a prefab maple butcher block top I placed that on top leaving about 6 “ from one side to make a tray. I bought the prefab maple butcher block top since the cost of stock maple was more than the prefab top. Then I used maple to edge the entire bench. One nice little tip: cut some ply for the ends of the tray and install them at a 45 degree angle. That way you don’t have a 90 degree corner that makes it difficult to pick up parts or keep clean. You can just slide any screws or parts up the ramp from the tray. I added one more tray under the bench which is used to house boxes of screws or nails.

There are two stretchers one for each leg. On top of the stretchers is a shelf. I could have bolted everything together to make it portable, but I glued and screwed it together.

Its one strong bench and it won’t go anywhere.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#1 posted 03-14-2007 12:16 AM

Nice, Fred. I’m guessing that, since you call this a “work table”, it’s not your bench. Seeing no vise, or bench dogs, what is the primary purpose of the table? You mention assembly and TS extension – what else?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 03-14-2007 12:16 AM


That looks really good and sturdy!!!! I like the idea of the 45 degree angle in the tray..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 03-14-2007 01:20 AM

Come to think of it I don’t have a vice or bench dogs on my on my work bench. Good looking table.

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#4 posted 03-14-2007 02:04 AM

I like all tables, benches and the like, because ….......I don’t have any. Maybe the Princess will have pity on me and give up her car space. Not likely.

fred, I like your work table and bench. I hope that I’ll get there some day.

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#5 posted 03-14-2007 03:43 AM

I like the design. What are the dimensions?

-- Barry, Pennsylvania,

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#6 posted 03-14-2007 04:44 AM

I like it. For grins you could drill a few dog holes and add some wonder pups.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 03-14-2007 01:11 PM

sounds like it serves your purpose – perfectly!! Great design

Bill.. take a look at Obi’s table—you could suspend your table from the ceiling!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 03-14-2007 05:34 PM

Very nice! I love the simple design and implementation. Makes me want to make one for myself.

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#9 posted 03-14-2007 05:58 PM

A nice bench indeed. I need to make one for myself too.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#10 posted 03-15-2007 02:45 AM

I have since added an undermount vice in the top right side of the “table”. I haven’t found the need to add bench dogs yet. I assemble all projects on the table and I can access all sides of the project. I put a drop cloth over the table and put on some “T” stands and do my painting and finishing work.

The “T” stands are made of 3/4 plywood. I also use the “T” stands (6”x36”) for glue up of the projects. That way it is easier to clamp the bottom of a project and from all sides.

The dimensions are 62” x 33” and it is 34” high.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#11 posted 03-17-2007 04:34 AM

Nice work table and thanks for the tip!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 03-17-2007 10:43 PM

Good idea Fred, double duty for the workbench!

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#13 posted 03-17-2007 11:06 PM

debbie…then she could see up my nickers :-)

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#14 posted 04-03-2007 10:09 PM

Really like the tray—good design. Really debated putting a tray on mine.

-- Scott - Dallas, Texas

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#15 posted 04-04-2007 04:51 AM

Nice bench, work table, paint stand, Good job Fred.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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