I built the weekend bench from Woodsmith and used a solid core oak door as
the top with laminated 2x4 construction for the support. Was quick,
inexpensive and works well enough for me so far.
The legs are braced together with lag bolts and the top is attached to the
base with lag screws. 1/2 inch. Very sturdy and can be taken apart to move
if you need to. Cost me about $100.00 Cdn to build. (High Estimate)
One of the woodworking magazines this month has a plan for a
workbench. I don't recall which one, I was browsing through it the
other day in a bookstore. You might want to stop by a bookstore and
have a look to see if it fits your needs.
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There have been a number of questions in the last few months asking
for help building a workbench. I was wondering how many folks have a
Garden Way maple workbench. (The last time I saw the top of mine was
about nine years ago.) If I remember correctly, the bench was mail
order only, it cost a couple hundred dollars and came un-assembled.
It is still rock solid after almost thirty years and four moves. The
whole bench is made from hard maple, about 30" x 60" overall and
stands about 35" tall.
Two woodworking vises, 18" wide. Steel vise screws with hard maple
laminated wood jaw faces.The hard maple faces rotate 180 degrees. In
one position the top of the face is level with the top of the bench.
Rotated 180 degrees, the top is about 3/4" above the bench to aid
clamping flat stock. Dogs are 3/4" steel pins fit in spaced holes
with removable maple blocks to work with the projecting vise face and
secure panels and wide stock.
A very simple design and exceptionally well built. It'll probably out
live me. You wouldn't go wrong building something similar.
I just wondered if anyone still has their Garden Way or can recall the
(When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded.)
| can anyone suggest a good set of plans for a woodworkers bench? I
| to build a 30x60 bench that is not too complicated. It will be my
| first, so take it easy with me!! thanks
There's a picture of mine on my shop page...
Construction grade lumber. The plywood top probably the most expensive part.
I built it sturdy ( I wouldn't be afraid of putting 1000# on it). Works for
me. Hope it gives you an idea. The only problem I have with those kind in
the uppity woodwooking magazines is that I'd be afraid to get them dirty. I
want to dust them with lemon pledge and display it my dining room.
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