First Woodworking Bench

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Project by jonsprague0000 posted 02-14-2014 04:17 PM 4171 views 14 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m new to woodworking and decided to build a bench as my first real woodworking project. The bench design is based off of Garrett Hacks bench plans and resembles a European Style Cabinet Maker’s Bench.

The project took 6 months and was a great learning experience. The bench is constructed entirely of mortise and tenon joints, dovetails, and breadboards (with the exception of the leg stretchers which are attached with a rod to allow for movement). The bench top is made of 3” Hard Maple.

Hard Maple – Top and base
Beech – Top breadboards
Walnut – Tail Vise
Tigerswood – Pegs
Red Oak – Front drawer

Boiled Linseed Oil / Pratt and Lambert #38 / Mineral Spirit Mix

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#1 posted 02-14-2014 04:23 PM

You not only picked a great first project but you just learn some valuable lesson in the art of woodworking. Now that your have your new workmate life in the shop just got easier, congrats on your first and most important project enjoy the journey…BC

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#2 posted 02-14-2014 04:31 PM

Thanks. I built the bench while sitting on the floor of my garage. Life as gotten a lot easier already. I’ve started my new project, a side table, and its so nice having a table to work on with vices.

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#3 posted 02-14-2014 05:15 PM

Really Nice!!!

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#4 posted 02-14-2014 05:49 PM

Beautiful. What a great first project and a real testament to your skills…...enjoy your new craft.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 02-14-2014 06:35 PM

Are you sure you are new to woodworking ??.....hmmm…The level of detail and workmanship displayed here is very good and very high. Awesome bench….well done

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 02-14-2014 08:34 PM

What an impressive first project! Well done.

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

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#7 posted 02-14-2014 10:24 PM

Very Nice Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#8 posted 02-14-2014 10:37 PM

Thanks for the compliments. And to think I made it all without a table saw. I learned a lot and am looking forward to applying everything to my next project.

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#9 posted 02-14-2014 10:39 PM

Very nice!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#10 posted 02-15-2014 01:35 AM

Very impressive. I don’t see many tools there at all, so you used what you had well. That’s a great start

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#11 posted 02-15-2014 01:48 AM

really beautiful

-- Hobbyist woodworker. My garage shop now shares space with my kids toys, and most of my equipment is stored on shelves.

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#12 posted 02-16-2014 09:38 AM

Great bench and excellent work.

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#13 posted 02-25-2014 06:54 PM

Really great build for you first bench!

here’s my most recent one:
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-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#14 posted 03-01-2014 04:40 AM

Absolutely beautiful bench. Great job.

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#15 posted 03-17-2014 01:49 AM

That’s so sick dude. I’m jealous. I wish I was that talented to put something like that together.

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