Garage / Shop Bench

  • Advertise with us
Project by SouthHollow posted 01-15-2013 06:16 PM 6367 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shop is starting to really take shape. I ripped out an old and rickety mess (Picture 5) and built a 12 foot long beast of a bench. Took every clamp I own to keep the boards straight while assembling it. There’s a great walk-through of this style of bench by Cory Lueninghoener. (It was also great to put my new miter station to work, it really saved a massive amount of time cutting the supports.)

From that plan, I expanded it to 12 feet instead of 8, and did the supports 18” on center to make the top that much more stable. (Special thanks to my friend with the trailer who made it possible to buy 12’ 2×4s, and he and another friend who came over to help mount this beast to the wall, that was definitely not a one person job.)

I was even able to save on lumber by reclaiming boards for every other support piece. (Picture 6) There’s a lot of junk in that pile, but I hate to throw anything away. It’s always useful for something. Right?

-- Alex, Los Angeles

10 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


118297 posts in 4866 days

#1 posted 01-15-2013 06:29 PM

Looks good That’s along one.


View Fishinbo's profile


11362 posts in 3464 days

#2 posted 01-16-2013 02:22 PM

It’s a super bench, will be great for making a lot of beautiful projects out of those reclaimed wood of yours.


View JesseTutt's profile


854 posts in 3399 days

#3 posted 01-16-2013 02:45 PM

Looks like you will have a bench that will last a long time.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

View SouthHollow's profile


66 posts in 3770 days

#4 posted 01-16-2013 08:03 PM

Jim, Fishinbo, Jesse – Thank you. I just can’t wait to get in this weekend and start putting it to use.

The hardest part is deciding where to start.

-- Alex, Los Angeles

View Derec's profile


77 posts in 3257 days

#5 posted 01-17-2013 12:39 AM

Nice bench! I am jealous!

-- Derec

View SouthHollow's profile


66 posts in 3770 days

#6 posted 01-17-2013 12:51 AM

Thank you Derec, it looks like you’re on your way on your own projects. I love the sword you made for your son.

-- Alex, Los Angeles

View workerinwood's profile


2717 posts in 4356 days

#7 posted 01-17-2013 01:45 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 4155 days

#8 posted 01-17-2013 01:48 PM

That will give you plenty of room to work on and lots of good storage underneath. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View jackthelab's profile


313 posts in 3981 days

#9 posted 02-15-2013 01:15 AM


I love to see all the fancy workbenches on this site, but, you know, this one will last forever and you will enjoy having the extra length.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

View SouthHollow's profile


66 posts in 3770 days

#10 posted 02-15-2013 01:23 AM

Its funny, this bench has proven to be fantastic already. I can definitely see where I would love to have something like a roubo bench just for the built in clamping abilities, but I’d want it in addition to this bench, not instead of it. The little experience I have has already taught me that they are really designed for two VERY different types of work.

-- Alex, Los Angeles

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics