Simple & Sturdy Woodworking Workbench

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Project by TimBridge posted 04-04-2014 01:32 AM 3391 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my workbench. It’s two pieces of 62”x24”x3/4” MDF, glued and screw’d (clearance holes and counter sinks on lower slab).

You can see the 1” margin around the sides, then 6” grid w/ screws at intersection of gridlines. The gridlines serve only to make the screw locations easily known after flipping and mounting. Thataway I can drill bench dog holes w/o having to figure out where screws are.

I have also mounted a wood vice and put in a lower shelf from my leftover MDF. Not pictured is the holes I drilled in the vice jaw and on the right side of the table for the Kreg bench dogs I picked up.

The frame is made with 2×4s and 4×4s w/ threaded rod through the stretchers/legs and dowels at each joint.

There are grooves/dados on all stretchers near the inside-top and I’ve used S-Clips to mount the table top and the lower shelf.

Here are the plans I used and the video I followed:



Shop’s coming along! Awwww, yeeeaaahh

-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

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#1 posted 04-04-2014 10:46 AM

Simple and sturdy is good Tim. If it does what you want it to do then you have achieved your goal in building it.
Well done nd thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#2 posted 04-04-2014 11:12 AM

Welcome to LJs!

Looks like a rugged bench, that will serve you well.
I’ve yet to build my bench, so you are at least one step ahead of me!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 04-04-2014 03:17 PM

This was my first real woodworking project. That was before I had a drill press and I didn’t really line up the holes for the threaded bar that well. That was a pain. I still use it everyday.

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#4 posted 04-04-2014 11:13 PM

excellent bench!
i made mine without a drill press either – i couldn’t wait
way to go

-- Greg Simon

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#5 posted 04-05-2014 01:53 AM

Thanks for the welcome and compliments, guys!

@MistakeMagnet, Hah. I do not have a drill press either and, man, getting those dowlel holes to line up was probably the most difficult part of the whole assembly. I also didn’t have a dowel marker at the time either so I cut a pencil very short, put that in the dowel hole, lined it up, spun the pencil, and used that mark as my drill location.

In theory, it worked great. In practice, I was off and had to fill/re-drill about 50% of the time.

-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

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#6 posted 04-05-2014 03:30 AM

Nice bench. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#7 posted 07-19-2014 04:19 PM


I have just rebuilt a section of my workbench. It’s interesting how everyone approaches the same thing. Nice bench sir!
Like your adaptive approach to getting the job done. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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