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Posted on Beginner wanting to build a bench, also some tool questions.

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 05:24 PM

I think a bench like this…

is the perfect beginners bench. Made from structural FIR lumber with a MDF/Masonite 30” x 72” top banded with some 1 3/4” x 3/4” thick hardwood and a single 10” vise. Plenty of Storage and very solid. You can build it with the tools you listed and do a quality job. A Planer and a Jointer would be nice to make clean up the wood edges a bit but the tablesaw could do that to. Legs should be 3” square. If you hand pick at the Lumber yard you can find some good rift sawn 2×4’s that will be fairly Knot free for the legs and rails. a 1×6 for the Drawers and some plywood for the shelves. Plans are all over the WWW so start looking and start building. You should easily be able to build this for under $$150 including the cost of the vise.

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