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I built this bench for my metal working tools out of the straightest construction grade douglas fir 4×4s I could find. Its quite beefy, doesn't vibrate at all when the grinder is on, was very cheap at $80 total for material.

Most importantly, since it is all lap joint construction it was quite fast to build, if I had to remake my primary workbench I would be quite tempted to do something similar. Check out the entire video of the build here:

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Very cool !! I've watched a lot of woodworking videos lately. What I can tell you is that this is one of my favorites.

I am in the process of making my first bench. I will probably use some of these techniques.

Well done !!
 

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Nice and BEEFY BEEFY BEEFY, and crowded. I do wonder if it won't be a little tippy. Do you have it anchored to the wall?

Lotsa sharpening options there, that's for sure.
 

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Why did you go with 4×4s instead of 2×4s? I have found 2×4s to be less expensive per board-foot, so 2 2×4s should be less than one 4×4.

Also, did you have any problems with warping? I have been informed that construction lumber is not dried as thoroughly as hardwood lumber. Whenever I get 2×4s, even when I get them as straight as possible, they always warp before I get to work them.

What about warping after you've cut them to size? I have also found that if I rip my wood, it exposes new areas to the air, and the wood will warp some more.

Basically, I've got a shop full of warped boards.
 

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Reply to LJackson: the 4×4s were minimally more expensive, but made construction a lot faster, because of reduced time in glue-up, milling, and joint cutting. Plus they are more stable to answer your second question, so I just milled them up and put them all together in just a couple days spare time. Definitely worth a couple extra bucks for me anyway.
 

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I really like the idea and simplicity of the joints and the lumber. I plan to
our do this with my bench.
 
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