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Simple workbench - just 4 bits of wood and some worktop.


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4 Dec 2005
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Hollocombe, Devon.
My second post as a newbie.

Well, as I said in another thread. I have recently moved into a larger house with a workshop in the garden. The workshop is an agricultural building measuring 40 feet by 20 feet with an en suite toilet (very important).

I placed my work-mate in the middle and it looked ridiculous. I decided I needed a proper workbench. Long ago, in another place, I was reading one of the previous issues of Scott Landis's Workbench Book. It had a picture of a Shaker workbench on the cover. A big one. "That'd be nice". I said to myself - and then folded up my workmate because I had to cook
supper. (As an aside, I would not recommend routing Paduk in the dining room just before a meal).

I now had the space. I re-discovered the book and decided I was not fussed with the drawers etc. I just wanted a big workbench on which I could spread out a plan on one half and make things on the other.

After some research, I found a local supplier of greenheart - complete with marine growth. The timber was 12 inches by 12 inches and about 15 feet long. They agreed to cut it into 4 pieces each 33 inches long. They had to order a new chain saw blade. Once delivered, I discovered they were cut skew even though each side may have been 33 inches long.

Each leg weighed approximately 200 pounds and had to be machined square. I heaved one onto the floor and out of curiosity I tried cutting it with a pretty sharp chisel. The wood took one look at the chisel and laughed at me.

After my router died, I bought a half inch 1850w Hitachi replacement and some CMT bits. I needed to re-sharpen each bit after machining one side of a leg. The legs are now 10 inches by 10 inches and exactly 32 inches long.

The workbench top consists of two lengths of 70mm beech worktop each 3 metres by 60cm.

The rear piece of worktop has cupped a little, but overall I am very pleased.


Regards, Peter.

PS. I hope you all have a splendid new year.

Chris Knight

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14 Jan 2004
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SE London - NW Kent
Cor! :shock:

I shall be interested to see how you move it when you (inevitably) decide it's in the wrong place!

Welcome to the forum Peter.


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24 Jul 2003
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14860, France
Peter, those legs look a little thin to me :lol: :lol:

What are they? A foot square?

edit just re-read your post all the dims are there :oops: :oops: Hangover wot hangover?

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