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    I’m being evicted from my garage (it’s going to be come our lounge 😉 ) in the near future. Add to this, my bench is a good 50 years old, and was the “apprentice bench” in the joiner’s shop my dad used to work in. It’s a bit long, not too stead on it’s feet, and it needs re-surfacing….

    So I started watching the workbench videos on Youtube, and now now I’m costing up the wood to make a new bench for the shed I shall be chucked into…

    As far as I can see I need the following bits:

    Two Tops, each: 6 of 47mmx75mmx2.4m
    Two Aprons, each: 3 of 47mmx75mmx2.4m
    Four legs each: 2 of 47mmx100mmx1000m
    Two top Rails each: 1 of 47mmx100mmx1000mm
    Two Bottom Rails each: 1 of 47mmx100mmx1000mm
    Two bearers each: 1 of 47mmx100mmx1000mm
    One “well bottom” each: 3 of 100mmx19mmx2.4m

    Pricing this out at B&Q I get to 4 packs of 5 47mmx75mmx2.4m, 2 packs of 4 47mmx100mmx2.4m and 3 100mmx19mmx2.4m which comes out at ~£182

    I have a local timber merchant who I’ll probably use to get more sensible lengths (1.8m rather than 2.4m since it will be going into an 8ftx6ft shed I expect) which may even bring the cost down a bit.

    Does that seem reasonable?

    Am I missing anything?


    I’m just about to start on one myself and if you have one near to you I would highly recommend a wood recycling yard, you can check here http://www.communitywoodrecycling.org.uk/stores/ to see them all.

    Here’s a price list from my local yard to give you some idea http://www.stalbanswoodrecycling.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2017-SWR-Price-Guide.pdf I think you can make quite a saving and you can pick each length out rather than what might be bundled in a pack.

    Whichever way you choose good luck and don’t forget to post some photos up for us to see.

    Best regards



    Ohhh… that’s cool, I’ll have a look. Thanks Craig.


    My bench is about 3′ by 8′ by 3′ and I spent roughly around $100 on lumber at Lowe’s.

    John Farrell

    Mine is about 4×8 and I spent 140 usd including glue and bolts


    I’d consider building the 5 foot bench shown in link below for an 8X6 work space … but maybe that’s just me …

    8′ lumber cut to 5′ for top and aprons then use off cuts for the legs and stretchers. Needs 17 pieces according to link.


    New Brunswick, Canada

    Hugo Notti

    Just out of interest, what type of wood will you buy? Pine?
    I am using mostly fir on my workbench. It is a bit softer, but considerably cheaper than pine. It should still make a good workbench though. But actually, in Germany, you would have to pay almost your price for fir. Pine would be 1.5 or even 2 times as much.

    By the way, don’t forget hardware and glue.

    Happy building!



    I built a 4.5ft version of Paul’s bench about a year ago with wood from the local lumber merchant (in North London). If I remember correctly, the wood cost about 160 pounds but I ended up with quite a lot of spare wood.


    Thanks, looks like I’m about the right ball park then….

    Larry Geib

    I’m confused. Why is it you haven’t considered cutting down the bench you already have? In the process, you could address the wobbly issue, and as far as I see, the resurfacing is irrelevant, you are going to have to do that anyway with a new bench.

    Even if you needed a whole new leg system, you are still way ahead in effort and expense.

    Maybe I’m overreacting, because 50 years doesn’t seem all that long. The bench I’m working on now i built in 1976. It never occurred to me to build a new one. For its 40th birthday I gifted it new vise ways and a new bench stop system. It will outlast me.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 11 months ago by Larry Geib.

    That’s a reasonable question. Three reasons….

    The first is, it’s been abused. I considered remaking the drawers that are falling apart, re-surfacing it. But it’s had chunks taken out, it’s been moved between workshops a lot of times, so like I said, it’s not too stable… I could shore it up. but at this point, it’s as much work to make it work, as it is to build a new one…..

    The second is, it’s a couple of inches too low. I’m 6’2″ and I feel in my back that it needs to be a bit higher. Yes, I could accomplis this in the resurfacing… But again… It’s as much work as building a new one….

    Thirdly… I’m in this to learn. There’s a lot of nice skills in the workbench project that would be good to go over.

    Paul Dallender

    I built a five foot bench using Paul’s design and the timber alone cost me £90. I found B&Q too expensive and they didn’t have the sizes I wanted. Instead I went to a timber merchants and got exactly what I wanted and cut to the sizes I required (not the finished sizes). Putting the back seats down I managed to get it all in the car.

    First thing I have ever built (since school over 4o years ago) using hand tools only.

    Paul - A southern lad living up north - Nr York England


    @nevynxxx , Have you got a picture of the bench in question? While it may not be salavagable as a whole it may provide good base stock to work with.

    Tuscloosa, Alabama
    Lung T'an Hu Huesh Kung-fu Woodshop


    Flickr Album

    Let’s see if that works…. no pictures of just the bench, but it’s holding a few things up in that album!

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