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I designed this workbench to be cheap and big. The base design comes from the workbench plans on woodgears.ca, with solid dowel joinery that makes the bench much more stable than it may appear. It is made out of dimensional lumber and plywood. Even though it is from cheap materials, I spent a lot of time on the details to make it as nice as possible. I did splurge on a nice Jorgensen vise, which I recessed in one end and added hard maple faces (not pictured). The bench top has plywood skins with ribs between, and I glued in a lot of small scraps to make it more solid.

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Nice job looks like it should serve you well.
 

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Nice bench, that thing looks sturdy.
 

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You've got a great looking utility bench. I made simple benches like this in several sizes as tool stands. It's quicker and cheaper than buying stands. Only one change, I make the tops from laminated 2×4's. When you plane them to get rid of the rounded edges the lumber doesn't even look like 2×4's.
 

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Hal, I agree about making tool stands rather than buying. I just think a shop looks a lot cooler when everything is made of wood. And 2×4 lumber is great for shop projects because mistakes are cheap!
 

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Real nice looking. I hope you start and finish many a project on it.
 

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Looks great and looks like it'll be very sturdy and serve you for many years!
 

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there is nothing "utility" about it

it would appear to be a part of one families legacy of how to be a better person

: ))
 

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Rex,

That Torsion Box design Bench should say flat and true for many years of service.

Nicely done.
 

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I like the look of this bench. The torsion box is something I have always wanted to try. Maybe this year…....
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.
 

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Rex,real nice worktable, I would love to see the completely finished piece with the trim and vise installed. I'm guessing you left it open on the one side to be able to store things underneath? If you have any side to side movement because of the missing brace perhaps a couple small 45's will help make it more solid. Just my 2 cents, Pat
 

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Pat, if you look at one of the pictures of my workshop writeup you can see the installed vise and dog holes. I didn't put any trim around the top, just used a flush trim bit to even everything up. And yep, I did leave it open to store boxes underneath, and maybe some drawers eventually. So far I haven't had any problems with rocking because the dados on the aprons fit tightly around the legs. Thanks for the advice though!
 

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Nice work on that! It will serve you well.
 
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