I'd like to build a good solid workbench that can take a real pounding. The
kind I'm aiming for is something like ones in the following web sites:
Unfortunately the plans for these workbenches are not free and I don't want to
spend the money for the plans only to find that they're not very good or that I
lack the tools/skills to build them. Does anyone know where I can get free
plans for this style of workbench?
Better re-read my original post Joat, I never said you or anyone are
obligated to search and provide plans (By the way, I did actually make a
suggestion for plans to the person you are referring to), I simply said that
you could be less condescending and sarcastic about the way you tell a
newcomer how easy it is to find one themselves, much like the way Bigmike
did it. I don't want to fight with you and for the most part, I enjoy your
posts but I'm not going to sit back and be sniped at from a distance when
what you are saying isn't true. Like last time, take the last word if you
like, I don't frequent this board to give and take shots and I suspect you
Google is the answer. Try a search for "workbench Plans"
Now, if that'd been me posted a reply like that, I'd already have
somene jumping on my case because I wasn't helpful, because I didn't
provide a plan. LOL
The really funny part is, the person who would jump on me for only
saying google, wouldn't provide a plan, just bitch about me. They're
not willing to help, but it's OK to bitch at me for not helping more.
The only thing I would add to your response, would be the word
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On Tue, 20 Jan 2004 15:12:37 -0500 (EST), firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can get your hands on the December 2003 issue of Popular
Woodworking ($4.99 USD) they have a set of plans for a bench that can
be made with $180 worth of materials and supposedly under 24 hours of
labor. Very solid looking.
If you can't track it down, email me direct and I'll mail you my copy.
Didn't mean to open a can of worms or old wounds. I thought that by
answering the way I did would encourage the requestor to do a little home
work and get all kinds of free ideas. In fact, I recently did the same thing
for work benches and found a lot of good ideas which can be combined into a
project which meets my needs. It is amazing how much stuff there is out
there if one takes enough time to run it all down and the good thing is the
cost, only your time is required.
A real good place to look is "The Workbench Book", by Scott Landis.
It has plans for some pretty heavy duty workbenches, and you can
always just check a copy out from the local library, or pick up a copy
for 25.00, if you find it has what you need.
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If you are building your second or third workbench, that is to say you
already have a workbench, then I would choose a plan that you really like,
and commit to learning the skills necessary to build it. If you are talking
hardwood, and something fairly substantial, the cost of the plans vs. the
cost of the wood is a pretty good ratio even if you are buying rough cut
wood. Plus, if you are using someone else's idea, and you really like it,
don't they deserve the fee? If the plans are from FWW, then buy the back
issue that has the bench. They had a pretty nice one in the recent tools &
If you are building your first/only workbench, then I recommend you look at
some, decide what you can comfortably build, and grab a peice of paper and
design it yourself. A first bench is likely to be wrong in one way or
another - a bench is a personal thing, and it's not always really clear what
will work best until you've had one in the space and used it a while. If you
don't have a bench, you need one quickly. If you design it and keep it
simple, you'll have a bench more quickly. It will be simpler that way, which
means faster and less headaches. It may not be as nice as your typical plan
bench, but to build a really nice bench you pretty much need a bench to
start with ;-) It will surely be less expensive than something more elegant,
and with the designer building it mistakes just become design changes. There
are lots and lots of threads here with links to plans in them - check
google, as well as threads on what to use for the top, and various methods
of flattening the top. The workbench book, as recommended by others here is
also a great book to have - and not just for workbenches.
On 20 Jan 2004 01:32:41 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.orgAntiSpam (NoNameAtAll)
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Go to your library and check out "The Workbench Book" by Scott Landis.
Several plans are included, so you might even want to buy the book.
It's a keeper!
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Mags has some on her website, http://www.anythingicando.com /, and while
she's been described as dumb as a bag of rocks and utterly usless, she
demonstrates the bench holding her. Nope, I'm not going there. Better
get the workbench book by Landis. He isn't as easy to look at as Mags
but the benches are better.
Dave in Fairfax
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The bench on the first link doesn't appear to have any dog holes and
one vise. More like a table than a woodworking bench. The bench on
Rockler site has $450 in hardware, the Twin Screw vise being $221 of
total so it can hardly be called an "economy workbench"
The term "bench" doesn't describe what this tool, and it is a tool,
- grab and hold things so you can plane, chisel, carve, scrape, drill
What will work for you will be determined by what you want to do.
If you're going to do mainly ply stuff, face framed cabinets and
etc. and use mainly power tools, then a 4x8 top with some dog holes, a
few hold downs and a face vise would probably do, as both a layout
and an assembly bench. A couple of layers of 1 1/8" ply, 4x4 legs,
stretchers, maybe a shelf, some bolts or maybe threaded rod and you're
But if you're going to do solid wood furniture then having lots of
of holding parts of various sizes in various orientations so you can
work on them, AND be able to get around and to anywhere on the "bench"
gets trickier. How high the bench top is becomes very important.
The weight of the bench and the flatness of the top becomes important.
Having a place to put the 8-10 handtools you'll be using often is
important. Where. relative to other tools, it's placed is important.
What your lighting is like is important.
The library should have Scott Landis's workbench book and maybe Sam
Allen's workbench book. Check either or both out and really go
through them so you start to understand what a bench can do. Will
get you thinking about what you want to do and that will help
determine what your first bench will be. And it will be only the
first- there will be another if you stay in woodworking.
With all that - here's my first bench. Note that wall hanging
close to it. They're full of hand tools, layout tools etc. - all a
step away from the bench.
has some diagrams that will give you an idea of how it's put together
from 2x4s and ply.
And here's the url on the bench I've sworn to finish by the middle
of February - one year from start to finish!
Good luck and enjoy the journey.
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