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Harrison on Nov 12, 2018:

Been following these instructions, with some modifications of my own devising, namely using 2x6s for the top rails and stretchers and omitting the front rail to make room for some drawers (plywood forming the floor of the drawer box takes it place).

Being completely uninitiated in carpentry, but being a huge nerd with access to a 3d Printer. I 3d printed some jigs so I'd get the holes drilled spot on :D !

V Kepler on Jul 14, 2018:

Looking at the work bench I noticed a green 18 drawer metal box under the table. I had one and it was left at the house I moved from. Could you please let me know where you found one as I have looked and not been able to locate one. Follow your DIY ideas. hank You.

Nick Braden on May 14, 2018:

Oh I also decided to attach the top with pocket hole screws rather than going all the way through the top stretchers.

Nick Braden on May 14, 2018:

I just finished building this table, great job on the design Chris! I really enjoyed it. I ended up modifying a few things. First off, I dropped the hardware to 3/8” but kept the 1/2” holes. I found that the 1/2” bolts in the 1/2” holes were too tight for my liking and it provided me some slip to make up for non-perfect cuts/holes. Also, I couldn’t find 1/2” washers that fit in the counterbore. For the top, I opted to go to my local Habitat for Humanity and buy a solid door as the bench top. I think it was 7’ tall and has smooth faces. I cut the width down a little bit to get rid of the hardware holes. It makes a excellent and very sturdy top. Lastly, I made my legs about 2” taller. I am 5’10” and felt it was a better working height for me. However, this is my first workbench so we will see how I feel as I use it. Overall, excellent project and I’m very proud of the results!

Marc D on Mar 11, 2018:

Beautiful work bench. I'm working on one now, It will take me quite a few weekends to build it, but I really enjoy working in my newly build shop/garage. It's my favorite hobby, and I will appreciate it more when It's all set up like I want it. Thanks for sharing this Awesome plan.

Marc S on Jan 15, 2018:

90% done with mine y’all. Base is complete, table top is complete. Just need to attach table top to the base, oh and finish the bottom shelf.

I made my total height 40” as I stand when I work and it’s fine. The only thing I did not stick to is the bed bolt system. After testing I split the wood more than I would get a good flat chisle for the mortise. I used a kreg jig instead. Super solid no worries at all, and you can’t see the screws.

Thanks again Chris. I’ll send pics once sanding is done!!!

Matt on Jan 08, 2018:

I like the looks and style of this bench. I will be using this link to build my bench. I will be using left over pressure treated 4x4's for the legs and then stud lumber or some yellow pine for the rest.

Manoj Prasad on Jan 06, 2018:

Thanks for the amazing post! This really takes woodworking to the next level and help anyone become a pro. The way this piece is designed truly makes it very easy to build and also had great style. I would personally also add it XXX to give some more functions, but hey that's my opinion :).

I personally get started about 2 months ago and already creating my own projects and did it all thanks to the help of a set of 16,000 woodworking plans that are so easy to follow, literally anyone can do this.

I'm sure this will provide tremendous value to anyone that sees this. You can check it out here: https://tinyurl.com/y7w6kpol

Marc S on Jan 04, 2018:

I semi agree with Adam on the 2x4's. When doing my test mortise and chisel, I split the wood with the chisel. So definitely watch some videos on how to, as well as test, test, test, before you do anything to your final product.

I am at the point on my project where it's decision making time. The 4x4's are all drilled out. I really wanted Doug Fir but could not find 2x4's only 2x6's. I'm at the point of, do I just use the 2x6 instead of the 2x4 (no table saw) and use screws or try and HOPE I don't crack any wood on my finished product when doing the mortise.

adam on Jan 01, 2018:

Firstly, thanks for the design. It is good practice for those that are new to wood-working.

That said, I will give some suggestion and comments based on my experience building this bench.

The 2x4's are completely pointless. You are using a half-inch stainless steel bolt to hold together a 2x4 that you have cut out all but 1/4 of an inch to create the mortise. The wood is by far weaker at that point. I ended up using 4x4's for the entire frame, and after doing the joinery I am completely convinced that using 1/2 inch screws with pilot holes will be just as if not more solid and 1000% times easier to prep, measure, and assemble. If you don't do the mortises perfectly, your bench will fit together like a round peg in a square hole. You can still use the forstner bit on the outside to recess the bolts and make it look exactly the same, but using screws will be much, much simpler and just as secure.

Also, if you don't know what you are doing when you try to chisel out a square so that your washers and nuts flush up inside the mortises, you will crack the edges of your wood rendering them waste. There is just not enough room inside those boards to create holes that large. I'm sure if you have experience with this you can get around it, but either way it will take you half a day just to do this on the 16 mortise holes.

Bottom line, it's good practice and will end up looking nice if you know what you are doing, but if you want a sturdier bench that looks exactly the same and fits together much more solidly and you are new to wood-working I would shy away from the mortises and just drill screws straight into the joinery. I would also use 4x4's because they are not that much more money, and when done you could land a plane on top of it.

Chris Gardner on Dec 29, 2017:

@Nick - No, not at all. Our legs are definitely thirty-two and one half inches long. Coupled with the top, they make a bench that's thirty-four inches of the ground.

Why would that require you to sit on the floor?

Nicholas Semo on Dec 29, 2017:

Is the 32 1/2" leg length a misprint. At that height I'd be sitting on the floor to use the bench.

jose stéfano on Dec 17, 2017:

olá chris,como está?
achei muito bom seu projeto,sem duvidas um exelente banco muito bem elaborado sem falar nos detalhes.Vou me aventurar a montar um para meu uso apesar de pouca habilidade com madeira mas creio que com sua coordenada conseguirei.
Muito grato e um abraço.

Edda on Nov 28, 2017:

I want to build your workbench, however, I want to print out your whole article on it but cannot print it out without the URLs. Is there a way to print out just the text and (of course) pictures?

I appreciate you sharing your skills, especially, for a beginner such as I am.

Chris Gardner on Oct 20, 2017:

@Marc - Thanks for your thoughts.

If you have a table saw, you might try to mill up your own lumber from 2 x 12s from the home center. If you cut from the outside, you'll essentially end up with quartersawn stock.

These likely aren't kiln dried or seasoned, but if you're in South Texas and the humidity is low, it should dry out pretty quickly.

Marc S on Oct 20, 2017:

@Bryan I would imagine the bottom shelf (if added) would also keep the bottom stretchers from pivoting. If no bottom shelf was added, then I would question the same about the pivoting.

Looking forward to doing this project as well. The lumber in my area (South TX) is TERRIBLE, lots of knots and lots of bows in the lumber. I've been reading up on this project and making notes for over a month. At the same time I've been searching for decent lumber at Lowes and HD (we don't have any mom and pop shops in town).

@Chris - Thanks for these plans, the bench is beautiful. By the time mine is done it will look like yours, especially the right side.

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Chris Gardner on Oct 17, 2017:

@Bryan - Please say more. What 2x4 are you referring to? The cross members, going along the width of the bench? These are secured by the top, Also, that's why we take the time to use the bedbolt system. If they ever do need tightened up, that can be done in five minutes or less.

Bryan on Oct 17, 2017:

With only one point of fastening on each of the cross members, how do they not pivot? Is the torque on one bolt on each end enough to stop the other end of the sliding if given a good knock? I like the cleaned up look of the bench, but it just seems odd not to have two points of fastening through a 2x4. Wouldn't it at least make sense to alternate top and bottom on each side? As in a bolt goes through the upper half of the cross member on the left side and a bolt goes through the lower half of the cross member on the right side? Thanks, looking to get this going soon

Chris Gardner on Oct 05, 2017:

Hey James,

In woodworking, a bunch of edge-glued pieces like this are referred to, very practically, as a "glued up block." So the blocks are - attached pieces 1,2,3 and attached pieces 4+5. I can see how that was confusing in the directions, and I apologize that I didn't make it clearer.

How about this:
- Glue board 1 and 2 together. Let cure. Add 3. This is now glued-up block X.
- Glue boards 4 and 5 together. This is now glued-up block Y.
- Glue blocks X and Y together.


James on Oct 05, 2017:

Quick question about the table top... You wrote "I first glued up boards one and two, then added number three. Then, boards four and five were glued together, and lastly, the two blocks were attached to form the final top." What are the two blocks you refer to? Trying to visualize this but I'm probably missing something obvious...

Thanks in advance.

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