- 25 September 2016 at 7:03 am #140847
Paul Sellers has a great video tutorial for making the workbench but I don’t think there are cultists.
I made mine using 1-½” by 3-½” studs typically called 2 by 4.
Please watch the video on YouTube—search Paul Sellers workbench and it should come as a playlist.
I think that the key elements of the bench itself are the construction of the H frames (legs) and the aprons which hold the H frame with a wedge.
The length height width are just a personal choice. But I prefer longer and wider benches because typically you want to keep your main tools on the bench while working, so I keep about 1/3rd of my bench for the tools and only use the rest for work.
My bench cost me less than $100–I got my vises as a gift, but they also shouldn’t cost too much either. I heard that in UK you can get a nice record video from school surplus up to £25… Try to see if you have access to such options in your country.
Jake25 September 2016 at 9:33 pm #140852Mic van ReijenParticipant
I like your hinge idea, i might copy that..
Could you show how you implemented the retractable wheels? I need mine to be moveable as my space is limited and i’ll need to be able to park it at the end of a day. I’ve been thinking how to do that but i haven’t figured it out yet.
Mic26 September 2016 at 12:30 am #140855
Basically I’ve made and attached two rails on the H frame where, on the top rail I’ve mounted a veneer press and on the bottom rail I’ve mounted two casters. The veneer press brings down the bottom rail with casters and lifts up the bench.
I’ll take pictures on Monday and post it here.
Jake26 September 2016 at 12:37 am #140856
Jake, thanks a lot for your very informative pictures. I will most likely do the same.
Misha26 September 2016 at 12:37 am #14085726 September 2016 at 3:02 am #140862madcraftParticipant
thanks for that
Kind regards and take care
Glenn26 September 2016 at 3:47 am #140863
You’re very welcome Misha, Glenn.
Misha, I also made a small inset cover for it, but it’s useless—we keep working on the bench and covering it wasn’t efficient at all. One thing I need to go back and fix is the position of the hinge. Instead of making a flat recess, I should’ve made a sloped recess, because when I retract the hinge-jaws up, the spring in the middle meets the end of the work piece. or maybe I’ll just purchase a larger hinge—-so far this one works great for me.26 September 2016 at 8:40 am #140864
Thanks for the hint.
Misha26 September 2016 at 8:53 am #140865
There was no cut list as I only had the final desired dimensions and worked to them. When I visit my friend for whom that workbench was I can take the measurements.
Misha26 September 2016 at 9:36 am #140869madcraftParticipant
Take Care and Stay Safe
Glenn26 September 2016 at 11:10 am #140872Mic van ReijenParticipant
Jake – thanks for those. Its less clunky rhan my idea, looks good.
M26 September 2016 at 4:27 pm #140889beach512Participant
Misha – That workbench looks great! What a thoughtful gift to give to an aspiring woodworker!
They are very lucky to have a friend like you. WOW!21 October 2016 at 11:49 pm #141754Richard GuggemosParticipant
Both efforts are pleasing to the eye11 November 2016 at 7:02 am #142340
Hi guys, I’ve added this little saw hanger on my bench. I thought you’d be interested — cheers19 November 2016 at 9:37 am #142517
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