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I got started with hand tools after getting my grandfather's stanley #5 and #6, but lightweight workbench were not up to the job. I used construction lumber to save money on my first try. Laminated 2×4's make up the two top sections, which came out roughly 12"x3.5"x6'. I used a power planner for that. The legs are laminated 2×6's with through mortised end stretchers. I tried out wedged dovetails on the length stretchers. They tightened up OK but aren't as rigid as I want. I would definitely do wedged mortises next time. I planned on setting a block into the legs and top but I couldn't get them to line up so I trimmed them off and used large screws instead.

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Nice use of relatively inexpensive lumber. This bench should serve you well.
 

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I see dovetails…thats a bit on the Gucci side hey what!

The timber lives on!!

Seriously now,
great effort and result
it looks rock solid too
what glue did you use on the laminations?
 

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Dude,
For your first try that looks great. It's a work bench. I wish more first timers see this because this is an excellent example of building something that will help you to continue woodworking and building . That is how it is done.
Great job.

Marty
 

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Nice job. Looks like the same HF vise I have in that last photo!
 

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I like it. Looks to be more heavy duty than my second girl friend!
 

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Looks very sturdy and will last for a long time, thank you for sharing
 

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Looks solid. No rockin when planing.
Functional.
To me good design is something that can be used.
Some workbenches are gorgous ! BUT they are show pieces.
You will get lots of use out of this !
 
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