Well, it's not exactly SPF, but I built my workbench mostly out of
SYP 2x4's and 2x12's. And to tie into the original poster's question,
why not just make the extra effort and have a stable bench that will
last? I built mine with the idea that I'd build a "dream bench" later,
but now that I've used it for a few years, I expect I'll keep it
Nice looking bench! I like the leg vise. Is that what you would use on
another bench? Where did you find SYP in 2x4? All I can find here
(Atlanta) is 2x8 or larger.
I built a sharpening table of 2x4 SPF laminated like your bench, which
is fine for its purpose, but not as hard as I would like for a bench.
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SYP is relatively hard, and has served nicely as a top (even if it
does make Lar dizzy). It can be difficult to find decent 2x4 stock here
(I'm in Texas), but if you pick through the piles, you can sometimes
find enough resonably straight material to use. The top was made by
ripping 3" strips off of 2x12 stock. The way most of those boards are
cut, there is a good strip of tight-grained wood on either edge of a
2x12. I ripped two from each board and then face-glued them to laminate
The leg vise has worked out just great. It handles wood of all
different sizes and shapes. The only modification I can see making
would be to make me a "board slave" (free-standing board support) for
jointing long boards by hand.
And if I ever decide to make my "ultimate" bench, I'll probably turn
this one into a sharpening station or carving bench.
I'm still using one I built around 1978.
It had a 2 X 4 frame with a top of two layers of 3/4 mdf. There was a
back 8 inches where there was only 1 layer of 3/ 4 mdf in order to have
a depression for small parts. I sealed it with polyurethane. It has
been spilt on, pounded on, and moved cross country in a moving van with
stuff stacked on it about 3-4 times.
Ugly but still going strong and I have never replaced the top. It has a
bottom shelf and a double back rail with slots for putting bladed tools
down into. Works for me.
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