Here is my attempt to build a work­bench. I have almost zero wood­work­ing expe­ri­ence (see the desk I built when I had zero wood­work­ing expe­ri­ence) and have found that there is sur­pris­ingly lit­tle out there with the details, and step by step guid­ance I was hop­ing for. To put my wood­work­ing level into per­spec­tive, prior to this project I didn't know what a dog hole was. So if you've decided to embrace wood­work­ing, have lit­tle to no knowl­edge of the trade and need a bench — maybe this will help.

A num­ber of arti­cles expect you to have machine plan­ners and a table saw. I have nei­ther. So every­thing I've done was done with some very basic power tools, and your basic hand tools.

Here are the main resources I used.  There have been numer­ous other arti­cles and forum posts but these are the best I've found that I based my design off of.

A few other benches that are based off of Bob and Dave Key's.

Vir­tu­ally every idea, con­cept or solu­tion I men­tion in the fol­low­ing posts have come from some­one else.  They deserve the kudo's. I'm sim­ply try­ing to con­sol­i­date every­thing I've learned with as much detail as pos­si­ble for all the other noobs out there.

  • Phase 0 : Tem­po­rary work­bench and lum­ber
  • Phase 1 : Cut­ting down 4, 2x8's for the top

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