Hybrid Workbench/Assembly Table,

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Project by ChipOffTheOldBlock posted 11-29-2013 11:24 PM 29557 views 32 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally, I finished my first real workbench. I followed a design/plan I found online from the Woodsmith Shop (which I’ve seen other folks on LJ use), but ended up changing and adding to the original design.

The top is comprised of four 3/4” sheets of MDF, cut to the appropriate dimensions. Only two of the sheets were included as a full piece, while the other two were just fillers around the outside of the bench top for added stability and weight. The table legs are pine and the edging and bottom shelf is Oak (I just wanted to use what I had on hand).

I made two dados for each T-Track so they sit flush with the table. Also, there’s a Kreg Klamp Track, Kreg Vise, Klamp Plate, and a bunch of bench dog holes. I also have pegboard on either side of the table. I plan to eventually add another Klamp Track as well as an additional shelf and/or drawers.

I finished the edging and base with Shellac.

Took lots of effort but I’m happy with how it turned out!

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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#1 posted 11-29-2013 11:58 PM

Looks Good! I’ve thought about making a bench with the Kreg accessories, still up in the air, but with yours to look at i’m re-thinking it again. Thanks for sharing.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#2 posted 11-30-2013 12:19 AM

Great bench, thanks for sharing

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#3 posted 11-30-2013 01:09 AM

Thanks, Lance. I really liked the clamp table that Kreg sells but it’s a little overpriced, in my opinion. I also wanted a solid workbench so I figured to sort of blend them together. I’d highly recommend adding t-track or clamp track!

Also, thanks to SteveW too.

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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#4 posted 11-30-2013 02:08 AM

i like the hybrid design

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#5 posted 11-30-2013 04:25 AM

Looks versatile and clean. Solid build chip. Congrats with your nice bench.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#6 posted 11-30-2013 04:52 AM

I really like the design and features that you came up with. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 11-30-2013 06:18 AM

Fantastic. That table looks almost exactly what I have drawn on paper. Just picked up the wood to start building today.

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#8 posted 12-01-2013 07:12 AM

That is an interesting bench.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 12-09-2013 05:27 AM

I like the peg boards on the end. I’m off to the shop to make them for my table saw :)

-- Evan, Australia

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#10 posted 11-23-2017 08:38 PM

Nice bench!

Im wondering one thing, how did you attach those tracks? Do you have an other sheet under your top sheet that you pre attached the kreg tracks to? Or did you have long enough bolts to tighten it from under your table ?

Im about to do something similar, I was thinking of doing a torsion box with 1/2 mdf top and bottom.. install kreg tracks on it before assembling, then use a 3/4 inch mdf for the top so the tracks sits flush.

  • Sorry..I misread , my question was for a torsion box, at first I tought your bench was one.

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