Maple, 47″ long to fit my apartment. I tried using construction pine but got so frustrated I almost quit. Paul’s three-day project took me five months and hundreds of hours of trial and error, but I’m excited about what I’ve got now. On to the next project!.
My first work bench made from pine and off cuts of sapele just got to fit a vise
white and blue workbench (5′, 53ED vise, milk-paint, shellac, wax)
Salvaged 2×4″s from 1890 red fur,36″x80″ 37 1/4 hieght
made of “pine” from The Home Depot, 6′ long, exactly 35″ tall and 20″ of workable top space
2×4 doug fir workbench with Milwaukee vise
My workbench made from laminated layers of Baltic birch plywood and my wall-mounted tool racks
Spruce top with reclaimed timber for the legs and Mahogany vise jaws.
My first proper project. Made with standard pine from the timber yard using a very wobbly B&D Workmate and a metal working vice bolted to an even more wobbly bench! Old Record vices cost £90 in total, the wood about £120 and fixings/glue £30. Very happy with it, really fun build.
Douglas Fir/Oak. Paul’s Utube build inspired me to get on with laminating the top.Thanks Paul.Unlike Paul I have always wanted an end vice and dog holes. Time will tell if I like them!
My work bench
Small bench based on Paul’s design and instructions. 50 in long. Woodriver vise. 3 coats Danish oil.
This bench is a cross between the one described in Paul’s book and the “English workbench” described in Chris Schwarz’s workbench book. It is made entirely from SYP, except for the wedge on the leg vise, which is hard Maple. The leg vise is angled at 20 degrees. The dimensions are 4′ long, 38″ high and 34″ deep. The tool well is 9″ wide and 2 3/4″ deep.
I finally finished it, and have a great sense of satisfaction from getting there, Made loads of mistakes but learned a lot
Built entirely out of “mystery” wood 2×4’s from the big box store
Whole bench made by 2’x3′ construction pine; of course with “a little help” from my teacher Mr. Paul’s blueprint!
6 Feet long, 39″ high
Pine workbench (5ft x 2.5ft) with second hand Record quick release vice.
Before joining Masterclasses I built my first bench from a Benchcrafted plan. Bench is Hard Maple, top is 4″ thick, and weighs a few hundred pounds.
This my version of Paul’s workbench. It is constructed of home center 2x4s and the vises are padde with oak. The top is 30×61 and the height is 38 inches which, so far, I find quite comfortable. I also added flip up casters for mobility.
Workbench per Paul’s design – 6′ by 2′ with a 37 1/2″ bench height – My trusty companion Beau
Pine wood bench
Paul Sellers Workbench – 5′ Long Version
pine[red deal] 3 coats danish oil (build from pauls books “working wood 1&2”
Workbench made in july 2011 This was before Paul’s design was available
Built per the version in Paul’s book. Home center lumber and an Eclipse quick release vise.
Built with pine, from the local home centre. A little different from Paul’s, but it works fine.
All lumber was salvaged from shipping crates and pallets. The only cost is the new Eclipse vise, I guess I splurged there a bit.
My Paul Seller’s work bench right after completing the initial build. Used 2 x 4’s from one of the big box store’s and finished with several coats of danish oil. This was my first real woodworking project since high school (20+ years ago). All hand tools except a drill/driver for pilot holes. Completing it was a huge confidence builder!
New workbech, 60″x 24″x 38″ high made from poplar.
My first woodworking project and my first bench. Made from Douglas Fir 2×4’s with Red Oak for the vise jaws.
7′ first hand tool only project all spruce
Just pine. The legs are a bit thin but it is quite steady. Jaws are made of larch.
Workbench in Southern Yellow Pine
The bench is made of box store pine (local Home Depo), I departed from the pans by adding a an extra 5″ behind the tool tray. This will allow me to set a chair on the bench when I am working on it. I also set the bottom of the tool tray into a rabbit and dovetailed boards onto the ends to hide the end grain. I do worry about how much the tool tray may warp and crack in the Texas heat so I left an opening so it can be removed and repalced with plywood if necessary. It is rock solid. I would recommend a European style workbench to anyone that wants a solid bench.
60″ x 28″ x 37″ high, Legs, main top & well are white pine, aprons are douglas fir. Added the wheels for mobility.
My left-handed bench. It started out as a Paul Sellers bench… really. I couldn’t find decent “whitewood” in my area, so went with poplar. Since my shop is so small, I added storage to the base—pine, California redwood, and inexpensive 1/4 plywood—whatever was handy, clear and cheap. My Record 043 got a major workout. At 40 inches at the top, I can work on it all day with no shoulder/neck aches.
Hand built Roubo workbench. Used techniques taught by Paul Sellers.
My first real woodworking project with hand tools. Far from perfect, but i’m happy. It took me about 10 days.
Roubo split top workbench with bench crafted leg and tail vises and sliding deadman. Frame is soft maple. Top is hard maple. Size is 87″ x 24″. End block is brazilian cherry with a needlepoint houndstooth half blind dovetail.
Fir heavy duty workbench
Copied off a discarded bench found on a rubbish collection. Aussie Jarrah and Blackbutt. Tail vice still on old bench, new wood.
A shorter version.
Combination workbench, assembly table and table saw out feed.
i used 2×3 doug fir for the top laminates and a 2×12 of the apron.
6’x25″x39″ – Douglas Fir – Other than milling off the rounded corners of the 2x4s with a table saw, the entire project was built by hand based on Paul Sellers’ fine tutelage (book, blog posts, and videos). This was my first project built with hand tools and I have a great sense of accomplishment. I may finish with danish oil, but I think it looks (and works) great! The vise is the 9″ quick release steel vise from lee valley, made in the Czech republic. The vise jaws are lined with 11″ x 3/4 maple.
I have been a guitar maker for almost ten years and have used a commercially purchased bench during that time. I received Paul Sellers’ first book as a gift for Christmas and fell in love with his bench design. I made the top of my bench slightly wider to accommodate my instruments. How did I ever function without a tool well? The bench was built out of Douglas Fir 2″x6″x 5 foot boards I already had. It made for a little more work cutting the mortise slots as I did the legs by laminating three per leg. I used an end vise (as that is what I have been used to using) and drilled holes for some hold fasts and dogs. I made a batch of chalk paint to paint all but the top. I rubbed some pure boiled linseed oil on the top. My new bench is a joy to work on! Thanks Paul for sharing so many great lessons and plans! I used only hand tools to build my bench and loved every minute of the process! Cheers, Justin Deurmyer, Lubbock, Texas
Work Bench with Lower Cabinet
I made a 4’x8′ bench at my work. Came out really nice. Used all reclaimed 2x doug fir material just collecting dust at work. The wood has been laying around for years so it should be real stable. Finished with leftover spar varnish. Jorgensen 10″ vise.
My grandson asked if we could build a work bench just for him. Made from spruce construction grade lumber. The plane he is holding is his. It is a Sargent number three size. He loves it. Thank you Paul another generation you are inspiring.
Common construction grade wood found at Lowes. Followed plans from Paul’s Working Wood 1&2 Artisan Course book. Eclipse vise.
Douglas Fir, Left Handed. Added a leg vise after this pic was taken
Sellers style workbench in pine. Matthew Chapman.
Slightly tweaked version of Paul’s bench, built to fit inside an 8×6 shed. Horrible quality scabby whitewood pine, Record 53A face vice, Veritas inset end vice, Gramacy holdfasts and Record 169 planing stop holder.
Workbench made from pine. Finished with dye, shellac, and an oil based glaze.
AugCampos Workbench 02
AugCampos Workbench 02 well board detail
AugCampos Workbench 02 Front vice detail
My very first project. 5ft version made entirely with hand tools! Used cls 2×4’s and an old Paramo No.51 vice, with beechwood jaws. how easy Paul sellers makes this look in his videos only serves as a testament to true master of his craft , an inspiration to all us would-be wood workers. thanks for all the great lessons, can’t wait to get started on the next project!
Pine Workbench with Record Vise
63 1/2” long, 29” wide, 38” high. My first hand-planing, real woodwork project, following Paul’s blog and youtube videos. Started with rough-sawn unspecified softwood timber. Learned so much along the way, mistakes and all: it took weeks, but now finally having a solid base is really something. As well as Stanley #4’s used old wooden jack and trying planes bought on eBay in a job lot of a carpenter’s tools, with the names of previous owners stamped on them. Another very lucky purchase was the Record 52 1/2 vice which I restored. Sapele linings for the vice jaws, oak wedges for the leg frame housings: an introduction to the qualities of different woods.
6′ bench built from yellow pine reclaimed from an 1880’s textile mile
My son wanted a workbench for Christmas – Santa was more than happy to build one.
My workbench based on Paul’s design
3′ x 7′ Work Bench finished with BLO This was right of passage for my Woodworking Future, The Beginning!
Drawers and shelves added
Made from Spruce. Note if you want to use Holdfast you better choose Hardwood for the Benchtop.