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Posted: 3/14/2006 4:08:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/14/2006 4:57:43 AM EDT by TacticalStrat]
I just had a local carpenter build me this workbench, and it turned out great. It's VERY sturdy and has a 30"x80" work surface. The carpenter charged me $150 total including the materials, and he delivered it. He said the materials ran about $75. We didn't do the drawers because that would have doubled the cost. I plan to buy a Craftsman garage stacked-drawer unit and set it in the lower tray (see below picture). He used a sheet of 1 1/4" thick plywood for the top. You can use a 30"x80" solid core wood door for the top if you want.


Download Workbench Plans 1.5MB (pdf file)









Link Posted: 3/14/2006 4:16:32 AM EDT
Nice!! One of my spring projects is to build a good strong bench for the garage. Maybe two.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 4:20:23 AM EDT
Looks good. Do you plan to reload on that bench?

I have that toolbox, but the 4-drawer version, not the 5. They don't hold a lot. I use it only for WECSOG and gun-specific tools. The general purpose tools are in a different box.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 4:21:06 AM EDT
Thank you!

I need something to bolt my blade sharpener/balancer on.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 4:35:26 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 4:38:18 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 4:39:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mattja:
Looks good. Do you plan to reload on that bench?

I have that toolbox, but the 4-drawer version, not the 5. They don't hold a lot. I use it only for WECSOG and gun-specific tools. The general purpose tools are in a different box.




I might start reloading again now that I have a workbench and shop area. I had the carpenter move the bench-top to provide more overhang on the front incase I wanted to sit at the bench. We then screwed the bench to the wall studs.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 4:39:35 AM EDT
I just got finsihed building one myself, once I get everything setup Ill post pics.

Josh
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 4:46:41 AM EDT
Tag for pictures.

(ex-cabinet builder)
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 4:49:24 AM EDT
That looks nice! I may have to try that one myself.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 4:51:30 AM EDT
Thanks for the info!
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:07:13 AM EDT
Cool. What's in the bag?
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:17:29 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:20:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SUPERSPORT:
Cool. What's in the bag?



Some windex and paper towells would be appropriate...
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:51:41 AM EDT
Tag. I think I'll build one or two of these for my new pole building.

Thanks.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:55:48 AM EDT
Only one?


pffftt You'll have it covered with your wifes friends shit in no time.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:56:34 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:57:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SUPERSPORT:
Cool. What's in the bag?




It's a can of Spar Urethan finish. I plan to apply a few coats of that to the bench top today.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:57:21 AM EDT
Nice view!
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:59:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TacticalStrat:
I just had a local carpenter build me this workbench



Huh?

I believe Man-Card Revocation proceedings are required to begin immediately when you don't build your own workbench.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:00:11 AM EDT
Check out Simpson Strong Tie www.strongtie.com/

They have good plans and all that's required is a saw and a drill-driver. Resulting bench is strong as hell. You can even have Home Depot rip down a sheet of plywood for the top to your dimensions. Just don't use pressure treated as it shrinks & twists when it drys.

www.strongtie.com/ftp/fliers/DIY-PROJECT05.pdf
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:05:44 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:12:37 AM EDT
Tagged.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:22:45 AM EDT
Nice bench.

Before you use it, put an edge around it, 1/4 inch "proud" of the top. Then place a 1/4 inch sheet of Masonite on the top, and screw it down. If this sheet ever gets too beat up, just replace the Masonite and you have a "new" bench top.

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:33:07 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:37:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
Nice bench.

Before you use it, put an edge around it, 1/4 inch "proud" of the top. Then place a 1/4 inch sheet of Masonite on the top, and screw it down. If this sheet ever gets too beat up, just replace the Masonite and you have a "new" bench top.





I actually saw you recommned this on another bench-building thread. I asked the carpenter if he could do that for me and he did not know anything about masonite. If you look closely at the my bench, you'll see the top is actually two pieces of plywood. The top piece is a 3/4" oak plywood (real purdy and very smooth). The lower piece is the 1 1/4 in plywood flooring board. I added the top piece after the carpenter delivered the bench. I'll just change the top piece if I ever need to.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:43:49 AM EDT
Nice bench and great price!

I'm in the process of building this right now. Solid maple with a side and tail vice. It's about 90% complete.

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:45:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
Nice bench. h



Thats a good idea! I'm building a bench this spring and will use a masonite top layer.

There's some other stuff that would be MUCH more durable, it's called "skatelite". It's used on skate/bmx ramps... It's almost synthetic plastic-like, and it's very durable. It runs about $80 a sheet last time I checked though. I've built ramps using masonite as a top layer and it works OK.
Would be fine for a workbench. A sheet of it is pretty cheap to buy also.

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:48:51 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:51:47 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 7:01:07 AM EDT
Tag
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 7:07:59 AM EDT
My dad and I built a simple bench with just 2x4s and one 2x6 based on a bench he bought in th 80s. Materials were about $130. I made it 8 feet long and about 4 feet high. I can take pics if anyone is interested.

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 12:22:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JIMBEAM:
My dad and I built a simple bench with just 2x4s and one 2x6 based on a bench he bought in th 80s. Materials were about $130. I made it 8 feet long and about 4 feet high. I can take pics if anyone is interested.



Please do. My problem with many of the plans I see and some of the quickie bench devices sold is that I am really tall and a 3-foot high bench is way too low for me.

GunLvr
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 12:26:23 PM EDT
tag

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:12:20 PM EDT
The carpenter did a real nice job.
I have one like that in my garage, I have been kicking around making another one, thanks for the plans.
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