Watch This Before Building Your Workbench

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This is an excerpt from the Woodsmith Shop, Episode 601: Workbench Basics which originally aired September 2012. Join the editors from Woodsmith magazine as they show you the must-have features you need when choosing and building the right workbench for you… Whether you want to make an easy-to-build workbench in a weekend or an heirloom workbench, you need to know the basics before you get started. In this video, you’ll see what materials and construction techniques to use to get a sturdy base and a flat, solid top. Then make your workbench even better by adding a vise and some storage to keep your tools and supplies close at hand.

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20 Replies to “Watch This Before Building Your Workbench”

  1. Hello from Peru, from the city of Tacna, I like the carpentry I am fond of, it is a passion to make a chair, a cabinet or what is just starting, I tell him when I was a boy I was baptized by my godfather and he was Carpenter to tables and worked in a mining company in America and he worked in carpentry, good looking at the subject I really like the bench table American carpenter more known as workbench, I would ask you please if you had at your disposal some virtual text where could guide me step by step to elaborate in advance would be grateful for your contribution to the society attentively HUMBERTO SAMO YAMPASI.

  2. You might be able to get away with using MDF up north or out west where the humidity is low.  In the south you MUST encapsulate the MDF.  Surfaces must be sealed.

  3. I made my work bench with a removable slat in the middle, with a drop down to do cross cuts with my circular saw.. Also implemented hinges so that I can lift the top of my work bench to store scrap wood and other stuff underneath in a 4' x 2' x 4" (H x W x D) compartment. Nothing but 2×4's, OSB, and MDF.

  4. You know, the woodsmith guys certainly have their skills, but honestly their tone and manner makes me think that they're going to begin and end every statement with "ok now boys and girls… make sure you don't get a spwinter in your widdle fingie!"
    Like I said – they're great with wood, but I really don't like the way they present. Underhill was more fun, AvE is more realistic, and nobody is so nauseatingly polite in real life – especially not carpenters and cabinetmakers. What would I know? I am a cabinetmaker. Now, if they told you to shave a cunt hair once in a while….

  5. These two guys are so fucking annoying. Listening to them talk to each other like each has no idea what is going on instead of directing their commentary to the viewer.

  6. I built the weekend style bench 6 years ago.  It has performed well.  The only issue I had is that the stretchers shrank in width as they dried, leaving a slight gap between the filler blocks.  Due to the stretchers being bolted to the leg assemblies this has not been a problem.  I have not had to retighten the bolts ever.  For a top I used a discarded solid core door, sheet of 3/4" plywood, 3/4" mdf, and 1/4" hardboard.  I figured the plywood layer would better resist bench dog stress.  I buried a metal vise rear jaw like they showed so that I can face clamp a board along the bench.  I use the bench as a fixed outfeed table.  It is 30×72.  The 30 inch plus the 12" behind the table saw blade gives 42" of support for most cutting operations.  I have a clamp on extender that is another 18" long for 60" of support when I need to cut long material.  I use bench dogs in the vice chop for most top holding but also bought a benchpup for holding along the 6' axis.   The bench is stout and does not move during hand planing, allows clamping of all the materials I work with, and has a sacrificial top  – staining leaves stains, glue I just pop off with my beater chisel.  I have thought about building a traditional laminated bench, but would I then beat on it like I do this one?

  7. No chance for this kind of benches. I love the idea of the new bench from "paoson". this is brilliant. even "paul sellers" build one from plywood. or this minibench from japanese chanel "self-build": And if you need somethin sturdy to pound on, i just startet to build a short version of "rex krueger" 30$ bench. I think this traditional benches had there time ,when everthing is made with handtools. If you have a big shop an lots of space ok, but if not, you waste space because have a big heavy table, that you mostly cant move and use it for the coffeemug. I am rebuilding my minishop and removed the vice. i will build a minibench with a vice to sit on top of my bench, if needed! Of course MY solution!

  8. I liked this video because it has a lot of good information…but wow…this is just too awkward for me to finish watching. Half talking to the audience but actually talking to the other guy is a dated way to deliver a message by at least 40yrs. Good info though! 👍

  9. Last year, I built a "weekend" style bench. 4"x4" doug fir legs with 4 layers of 3/4" mdf for the top. All my joinery is half lap (glued and screwed). It has performed flawlessly. It's flat and heavy. There's not a task I can't perform, easily. And, for under $300, it's a good low-budget build that will last plenty of years.

  10. Want a flat, heavy one piece work bench top ? keep an eye out for stores getting remodeled. They often put solid core doors in the dumpster that have minor damage, sometimes no damage, they just don't like the color. Starbucks, Lowes, Home Depot, others, throw away allot of doors in every city, every year.

  11. I named my bench '' dove full of holes'' which in my language sound better actually,, Dziurawa Jaskółka". The name comes from the nature of the bench itself, holes because it has a lot of holes in the aprons and many more in the top. The dove comes from its construction, most of its joinery is Dovetail, sliding tenons, half laps, mortises and tenons. I think it turned out pretty nice. Also it doesn't have a single bit of metal in it, except the vise related stuff.

  12. I'm a retired cabinet maker and all of the years I work I have in they never had a table or work bench like this. But in diffident type wood working this table maybe great but in cabinet work it would out of place it would use as storage more they anything.

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