Starter Bench

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Project by robmaurizi posted 04-02-2013 08:45 AM 2323 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my bench I built last summer based on the one from Not counting a table I built as part of a class, I consider this my first project built on my own. Hard to get a good photo of the whole thing given the space constraints of the garage, but I think you get the basic idea.

4×4 & 2×4 dimensional lumber with a 1.5” laminated MDF top, edge-banded by Home Depot oak. The vise I got from Rockler and I slapped a piece of 2×4 onto the face.

I still put a shelf on the bottom, drill some dog holes and pick up some dogs for it, but thus far it’s been pretty handy to have a place to actually work!

-- Rob Maurizi, North Jersey, USA... Making sawdust is more fun than making websites

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#1 posted 04-02-2013 11:49 AM

Good start! Looks sturdy, great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 12:58 PM

Nice bench. It will serve you well.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 02:38 PM

Nice, that’ll do!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#4 posted 04-02-2013 03:17 PM

simple and sturdy. add the dog holes when you need them so you put them in the right places.

nicely done.

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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#5 posted 04-02-2013 03:39 PM

Great bench, looks like you can add to it as you need to. Good Job.

-- Chris K

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#6 posted 04-02-2013 04:04 PM

I built the same bench as one of my first projects last year. The only difference with mine is I didn’t add the edge banding. The lower shelf will come in handy keeping tools you’re currently using from cluttering the bench top if you’re anything like me. Word of advice on your dog holes…watch out for the rails for your vise…the ones closest to my vise wound up right on top of them and are unusable with my standard bench dogs.

-- Justin, Ft. Worth, TX

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#7 posted 04-02-2013 04:27 PM

Thanks, everyone, for your compliments & comments… It certainly has served me well so far. Now that this has been approved, I can post some of the other stuff I’ve been working on.

@Justin, that’s a good call and I didn’t even think about the 3 vice rails that live below the bench top. Knowing me, I would’ve aimed right for the center of the vise and then kablammo, drill bit + steel :-( Also, I hadn’t thought about edgebanding it until a woodworking teacher I was taking a class with recommended it… Adds to the clamping area and gives you something much stronger than MDF to clamp onto. Also protects the cheesy MDF edges from everything else banging around.

-- Rob Maurizi, North Jersey, USA... Making sawdust is more fun than making websites

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#8 posted 04-07-2013 10:45 PM

Nice bench. That was certainly the right project to start your woodworking hobby with. It will make all of your future projects much easier to build and will improve the quality.

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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