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Quick and Cheap Work Bench

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Project by RJones posted 06-15-2008 11:45 PM 134923 views 23 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a quick workbench I whipped up for my nieghbor. I think total materials may have been about $70 and maybe a days work. The entire bench was made from 2×12 and 4×4s from Lowes. The bench stands about 36” high 24” wide and 6’ long. This was the first of four I ended up making for him. The the aprons and rails were attached with 10×50 dominos and secured with 6” lags as I didn’t have time to clamp.

Enjoy,
RJ

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/





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Russel

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#1 posted 06-15-2008 11:50 PM

Quick and cheap is good, but it looks quite functional and that is all the better. Looks good.

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RJones

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#2 posted 06-16-2008 02:10 AM

Yeah funny thing is that I used it to build another:) I need one for myself!

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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bbqking

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#3 posted 06-16-2008 02:59 AM

If you screw a piece of 3/4” sandply on top you still have a good looking bench and can replace the top after too much use.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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trifern

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#4 posted 06-16-2008 03:53 AM

Nice looking bench for quick and easy. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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teenagewoodworker

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#5 posted 06-16-2008 03:54 AM

like said above quick and cheap is good and it seems like your bench here although being quick and cheep has quite some meat and strength behind it! thanks for the post.

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RJones

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#6 posted 06-16-2008 04:02 AM

I have to say it I was pleasantly surprised just how stable it really was when I was complete. It was designed loosely on the english workbench in Chris Schwarz’s book “Workbenches” and well I can’t wait to make one for myself!

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 06-16-2008 05:18 AM

Hey RJ;

Those are nice looking benches!

Lee

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#8 posted 06-16-2008 07:22 AM

Looks very nice for a “quick” bench!

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

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RJones

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#9 posted 06-16-2008 05:54 PM

Thanks guys!

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#10 posted 06-29-2008 05:15 AM

Quick an cheap can work very well! Nice work sir!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 10-15-2009 12:30 AM

Nice workbench.

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#12 posted 10-15-2009 12:33 AM

Looks great and even done inexpensively

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#13 posted 08-08-2015 10:05 PM

Bit of a zombie post, I know. But hopefully you’re still around here to answer.

I’m looking to build a workbench and this looks like it’d be a great option for me. Just wonder about the weight of it? I need something that isn’t going to move around on me if I’m hand planing or sawing.

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RJones

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#14 posted 08-09-2015 01:02 AM

Ya know I built that for a neighbor but I think it probably could have been a bit more heavy. He wasn’t going to do any woodworking on it so it was probably ok for him.

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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#15 posted 12-05-2015 10:26 PM

Great looking bench but would like to know why no lip for clamping?

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