The New Workbench #1: Description of Bench

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Blog entry by therookie posted 11-26-2010 07:42 PM 1203 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I started getting into woodworking and bought a hand plane. So as soon as I got home I wanted to use it, so I put a peice of wood in my vise and started planeing. Five minutes later, my bench was four feet farther forward than it originally started. So I moved it back and kept going. Well I have done that for the past year and a half, and have decided enough is enough. So while I was in school I designed a Work Bench. Here are the specs on the bench:
1. The bench is four feet deep, six feet long and stands at about 40” from the ground to the top.
2. I will have a face vise and a butt vise on it.
3. The top is Solid maple and four inches thick.
4. I have a cabinet base with 12 drawers.
5. The cabinet is five feet wide, four feet deep and three feet tall.
6. Total cost for the 275bdft of hard maple and two vises is $1700
7. I will keep everyone posted on the progress and have some pics of the wood when I buy it after christmas.

Just wondering, I am thinking that the bench will way about 800 lbs, is that pretty accurate?


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#1 posted 11-26-2010 07:57 PM

That’s going to be an aircraft carrier of a work bench. Can’t wait to see the progress. I think you may be a bit light on the weight

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 11-26-2010 08:00 PM

Wow…..I can’t wait to see that monster. You must be REALLY tired of the ‘bench crawl’.

-- Allan, Portland, OR

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#3 posted 11-26-2010 08:10 PM

If you are really tall the 40” high will be okay. Some people like to have it lower when planing, easier on the body.
I like my bench lower. Mine is only 32”. I like your idea of making it solid. No bounce.

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#4 posted 11-27-2010 03:51 AM

Hope you don’t have to move that thing :^)


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 11-27-2010 07:47 AM

Are you sure about your measurements? Thats not a bench it’s a job site! I hope you have a crane to help you assenble it.
Good Luck,


-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#6 posted 11-27-2010 08:20 AM

That’s going to be quite a bench. You will be very happy with a heavy bench. I’m about 90% finished with mine and I can’t stop using it long enough to get it finished.

Maybe you have already considered this, but in case you haven’t; with a width of 48” and a height of 40” that thing is not going to fit through any standard entrance door. Maybe your shop is going to be in a garage, but a bench like that will last for generations and you never know where it may have to be moved to in the future.

Also, I think a bench wider than 30” will be difficult to work on, but maybe that’s just me. Think about working on a full sheet of plywood. You will have a hard time reaching a tool or anything on the far side; and you know that Murphy will always put what you need on the far side.

An assembly table that is about 18” to 24” tall and 48” square is very handy if you have the space for it, but I wouldn’t want my workbench that wide. Just think about it before you glue that much material together.

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