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Finally built a workbench!

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Project by chrisirving posted 01-12-2018 04:38 PM 1243 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been seriously woodworking for less than a year and have been using a hinged outfeed table as a workbench. It sucked! I finally found the time to build one the will suit my needs, it’s small, at 46”x 26”. The top is made from hickory, maple and oak most of which came from trees I cut down to make room for my shop. I used “Maloof” joints on the 3.5” hickory legs, everything is is mortise and tenon
It has a Yost end vise with scrap mahogany jaws, a quarter sawn oak leg vise with a cheap shop fox screw. I made a removable shelf under the top to store commonly used tools. It has powermatic wheels to be able to roll it around, it’s a little hefty even though it’s small! Time to gouge it up now!
Thanks for looking!





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thecolorblind1

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#1 posted 01-12-2018 05:09 PM

Really well done! I especially like the storage underneath.

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#2 posted 01-12-2018 05:25 PM

Very nice looking. That storage shelf is a great idea.

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moke

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#3 posted 01-12-2018 05:50 PM

Very well done….but I would be afraid to use it for fear I would hurt it….that is truly a piece of art!

-- Mike

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 01-12-2018 06:10 PM

This is a very nice workbench and is a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 01-12-2018 06:32 PM

Beautiful but way to fancy for my shop.
The surface of mine is covered with tempered masonite sealed with varathane so I don’t have to worry about damage from tools or drips from glue and other liquids. When it gets looking too bad I just replace it. Of course when I’m doing something real messy I put a temporary layer of cardboard down.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 01-12-2018 07:09 PM

It looks so nice that I would rather keep it as kitchen island instead worbench in a shop where nobody can see it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 01-12-2018 07:12 PM

How’re you liking the leg vise? I am hoping eventually build myself a better bench – mine is mdf and 2×4’s with pipe clamp vises. I would like to incorporate a leg vise made from a scaffold screw, maybe. Or buy a twin screw. Haven’t quite decided.

Nice bench, BTW. Pretty cool stuff made from trees you cut and had milled on your property.

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Mike54Ohio

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#8 posted 01-12-2018 07:20 PM

Excellent workbench and it should serve you well for years to come

-- It's only a dumb question if you ignore the correct answer

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#9 posted 01-12-2018 07:33 PM


It looks so nice that I would rather keep it as kitchen island instead worbench in a shop where nobody can see it.

- majuvla


Haha, I’ll see it everyday! ;)

How re you liking the leg vise? I am hoping eventually build myself a better bench – mine is mdf and 2×4 s with pipe clamp vises. I would like to incorporate a leg vise made from a scaffold screw, maybe. Or buy a twin screw. Haven t quite decided.

Nice bench, BTW. Pretty cool stuff made from trees you cut and had milled on your property.

- Jeremymcon


I used a screw that I picked up for 28 bucks and a 18” long piece of 3/4 rigid with a pipe clamp on it to keep it parallel It works really well for how inexpensive it is

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9x9

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#10 posted 01-12-2018 08:46 PM

nice and heavy duty built

-- Lafayette, LA

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#11 posted 01-12-2018 08:54 PM

wow that is one very nice looking bench,especially love your joinery.that hickory is gorgeous looking.a bench like that is indispensable,just dont be afraid to use or abuse it-lol.nice work buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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recycle1943

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#12 posted 01-12-2018 09:31 PM

the usefulness is secondary to the fact that it’s just a darn good lookin’ table/bench

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#13 posted 01-12-2018 11:06 PM



Very well done….but I would be afraid to use it for fear I would hurt it….that is truly a piece of art!

- moke


And the mallet too. TOO DAMNED PRETTY to use!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Beams37

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#14 posted 01-13-2018 01:09 AM

Love the aloof joints. I am building a bench at the moment too, but will not hold a candle to this. Well done, sir!

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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MrPoplar

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#15 posted 01-13-2018 01:20 AM

I love the jointery and the look. The leg vice is very nice. How’s it holding up?

-- It'll buff out

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