Proper Workbench

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Project by alaskadiver posted 01-28-2014 12:52 AM 3046 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mostly I make knives and cutting tools but have gotten more into furniture making so I decided it was time to get a proper workplace set up. Knife making is a dust storm so I built and enclosed bench area with down draft air filtration to control the mess (not pictured) and decided a good bench for just wood and leather projects was needed. I started with the FWW idea in issue 223 and modified from there. I couldn’t afford kiln dried 4×4’s in Alaska at $92 a piece so I laminated 2×4’s for the frame with some fairly ugly tenon’s roughed out on the mitre saw and cleaned up with a chisel. The top is laminated 2x mdf 3/4 and 1/2” ply 25”x 61.5” with an inset for my trim router base from Rockler. The one image is from below showing the hardwood supports under the bench and spacers to set it flush with the top, when not in use I just put the section of top back in place and have a solid bench again. Most of my projects are small to medium so it’ll probably work for me. Finished with 3 coats of minwax poly.

-- "Nothing is worse than a brilliant picture of a fuzzy concept"--Ansel Adams

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 01:30 AM

Looks nice, when you are ready to make another can I have first dibs on this one? (laughing)

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 01:36 AM

That looks too nice to get scratched and beat up. Good job.

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 02:59 AM

Nice bench. It looks plenty rugged and good looking to boot!

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 03:17 AM

whoa KD 4×4s are $92 up there? What is a standard 2×4? what about a standard sheet of “3/4” plywood?

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#5 posted 01-28-2014 05:10 PM

Lumber prices are odd, 2×4’s are @ $3 at box stores. Most lumber is 20%-25% more than lower 48 prices due to shipping costs but sometimes you run into things like only one store carriers kiln dried (and clear) fir 4×4’s and want $92 a piece I had to repeat the price back twice to make sure I heard them right. I doubt many people would want this bench it is 40” tall, as I’m 6’2” and find it helps me not hunch over when using hand tools.

-- "Nothing is worse than a brilliant picture of a fuzzy concept"--Ansel Adams

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