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john on Aug 17, 2019:

Thanks!It is very helpful. I would like to share with you something that has worked for me. A huge thanks to my friend who suggested me: https://bit.ly/31tsaI2 me through which I could access the world's largest collection of wood plans for every project imaginable. It's very very detailed explanation helped me build projects with no waste of time searching or thinking for a plan. Searching in the internet has been a time consuming thing for me, with very incomplete details they provide. It saved a lot of my money too. Oh Gosh! I just can't recommend this enough and trust me, it's worth every penny.


john on Aug 17, 2019:

Thanks!It is very helpful. I would like to share with you something that has worked for me. A huge thanks to my friend who suggested me: https://bit.ly/31tsaI2 me through which I could access the world's largest collection of wood plans for every project imaginable. It's very very detailed explanation helped me build projects with no waste of time searching or thinking for a plan. Searching in the internet has been a time consuming thing for me, with very incomplete details they provide. It saved a lot of my money too. Oh Gosh! I just can't recommend this enough and trust me, it's worth every penny.


Jon on Aug 14, 2019:

Decided to build this without the plans, based on your explanation and pictures. Found it quite difficult (I'm a newb!) but its really starting to come together and I think it is going to be a tank when its done. Few issues I encountered that will maybe help the next guy/gal:
- Drilling perfectly straight holes is impossible without a guide. Even drilling through 1.5" for the hole guide/jig was incredibly difficult. I ended up buying a drill guide to assist. If you have access to a drill press it will make your life much easier.
- Drilling straight into the end of the 2x4s to receive the bolts was also challenging, even with the drill block. Couldn't clamp it anywhere so I did my best to hold it in place. Came out OK but not perfect.
- Take your time drilling out the mortises. You need to drill in quite deep to make room for the washer/nut. Most times I was extremely close to blowing out the other side but luckily got through this step relatively unscathed.
- I'm going to add locking caster wheels to each 4x4 leg to make the table maneuverable.
- Finding a number of 8' 2x6s that are straight enough for a glue up is proving to be a big challenge after a couple trips to the yard. Unfortunately don't have access to a jointer and planer so making the table top is going to be tricky... this weekend's project.

I do suggest tackling this project, its going to be nice and solid when it's done with a good amount of storage (I opted to include the bottom shelf).

Biggest takeaway: invest the money and buy the proper tools to build perfectly straight holes. If you try to freehand you'll be left with a mess and a headache!


Robert on Apr 21, 2019:

Thanks a bunch - the email with download instructions came this afternoon.


Pat marin on Mar 20, 2019:

Could you add a little more detail on the shelf please Chris, perhaps a photo from underneath. Am having difficulty visualising how it rests on the frame internally. Great project for me as a newbie!


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.
Val


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.


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:

Nick,
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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