Bob Nazro's Workbench

BUDGET-MINDED WORKBENCH
Low cost, tool storage, and good looks make this bench a smart choice.

SHOP OWNER: Bob Nazro
LOCATION: Parts Unknown

    This is a workbench I have just completed. It came from a plan I saw in Woodsmith magazine, Issue No. 133. I shortened the length from eight feet to six to better fit my shop. The total cost of this project was about $355. The maple for the apron and the vice was $100. I spent another hundred for the birch plywood. The Jorgenson 42416 bench vice was $135 and the four round bench dogs were $20.
Front View

    To keep the expense down, the bench frame was made from Douglas fir 2 x 4's. All joints in the frame were mortise and tenon and I pinned them with dowels for added strength. The top is made from three layers of MDF. The top layer was cut to size and the bottom two layers were edge trimmed with a router. I added pegboard to both ends for clamp and tool storage. The apron was made from 8/4-maple stock and glued to the top using inch hardboard splines. The bench dog holes are inch diameter and I used a spade bit to drill the holes. I chamfered the edges of the holes using my router.

Drawer View
Bob Nazro's Workbench

 

    The carcass for the drawer cabinet is made from inch birch plywood. The drawers are made from inch MDF, dovetailed with hardboard bottoms. I was trying to use up excess stock and a friend told me that you couldn't dovetail MDF. So I had to try it and, with a little patience, it worked. The drawers don't carry a lot of weight and ride on full extension slides; otherwise I would have used some poplar and plywood bottoms.
    The drawer fronts were made from some pine boards left over from a molding job and the door was made from pine using the Sommerfeld raised panel set. I stained the door and drawers with a red oak stain and applied paste wax to the entire project. I found some kitchen drawer liner in long rolls and added carpet tape to hold the liner in the drawer. The project took about 4 weekends to complete.

. . . Bob Nazro



 
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