Sunday, February 26, 2012

Who woulda thought getting BENCHED is a good thing?

So I have wanted to build a work bench since I was old enough to mess up my dad's tools on his.  For the last 12 years, my house was not large enough to accommodate an area befitting a work bench.  But that has changed with my new house.  So after much thought, toiling, perusing, and over thinking, I committed to a design and acted.
I am happy to note that a fair amount of the wood on this bench was "saved" from the trash heap.  There were some pieces of 2x4 that were heading for the dumpster.  I retrieved them, ripped and cross cut to desired dimensions.  I looked for salvaged slab doors with no luck, so I purchased one from Home Depot for $46.

very solid although the design allows for some small flex on the ends.  BUT, this was not built to be a wood working bench specifically.  I will start salvaging 2x4's for that next.
The top is a hard wood slab door 80"x30"x1.75".  I still plan to cover it with a sheet of .125" hardwood and trim the edge with Maple.  

This here is my new Dewalt Miter saw.  A miter stand is next on the list.   I have a few plans I am considering.  I am trying to decide if I should design my own or build off plans (as I did here).


  1. Jealous! I was in the same position as you, no room to really get anything done and so many projects were abandoned or postponed, but no more! Especially after I steal your idea and put this bad boy together. I tripped a cross a storage ideas mag where they took a metal shelf and added some touches that gave it 100% more efficient like peg board on the side, retracting doors, etc, it was very cool. Ill see if they have it online and send you the link, if not I can scan/email. My Home Depot is always marking down doors/windows Im going to pass by and see if I can snag one.

    1. Hey Steve, if you decide you want to build one like this, let me know and I can scan and email you the plans.

  2. As soon as I find the door Ill let u know, thanks

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