Rock-solid plywood bench

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Project by kapanen posted 12-08-2013 09:23 PM 6325 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this bench from fine woodworking instructions. Followed what they outlined precisely. I did not make any alterations to their instructions / diagrams.

Instructions can be found on their site under benches…”rock-solid plywood bench”.

Was pretty straight forward. Took a bit of time simply because there is a lot of glueing. Other than that, there wasn’t any surprises or hick ups.

Mounting the vise was a pain, but that was expected.

I applied one coat of poly on the mdf….as a protectant / sealer.

Costs were as followed:

2 sheets of 3/4 maple ply from Home Depot…..45 each…90
1 sheet of 3/4 mdf from home depot….35
Gallon of tite bond…..20
3” deck screws…..10
Vise brand new off of craigslist….50
Popular edging….17

I plan on adding two shelves and of course some dog holes after the holidays.

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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#1 posted 12-08-2013 09:43 PM

Nice bench, i like it a lot. I hope the poplar edging wirks out for you but I suspect a harder wood like a maple may be a better long term choice.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 10:33 PM

Looks like a winner ,well done.


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#3 posted 12-08-2013 10:44 PM

Nice job….looks like a handy addition to your shop.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 12-09-2013 03:42 AM

A good solid simple bench.
Well done, now we await the fine work it will produce.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 11-07-2015 07:35 AM

kapanen…well you’ve had the bench for a bit now. What’s the report? How heavy duty is it? How “rock solid” is it? My current bench has seen better days and I need something new. I had thought about this plan, but wasn’t sure if it would hold up to hand planing…etc.


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#6 posted 11-07-2015 12:31 PM

It has held up with no issues. I have added dog holes and a pullout shelf. I have no complaints. The build was very straightforward and easy and end results are great.

A shelf not only added a place for more tools, but some additional rigidity. The only thing that I immediately noticed was that getting glue on the surface and scraping off would damage the top. I now place a piece of wax paper under all of my glue ups. But of course if in a few years I need to replace the top, it would be nothing to do.

The popular edge banding has also held up fine.

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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#7 posted 01-21-2019 08:00 PM

nice bench, I have this (and many others) plan in a stack of ideas..About to get moving on it..My only issue with this one is there aren’t any side stretchers on this bench, just uses plywood for support. I am sure that it enough but i feel like aesthetically that would make it nicer. Those side pockets where the ply is would be great for storing clamps etc.

My plan is to do this base with some modifications, holdfast holes in the leg for example. And then I might do what Cosman did for $100 bench for the top with a tool tray and tail vise. Link to it below.

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