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After too many years of struggling to make things on a rickety woodworking workbench, I decided it was time to build my own.
Researching the internet for plans to build a workbench, I found many different designs. Most of the better designs had certain features in common. I couldn't settle on any one design, either because they used timber that would be difficult (read expensive) for me to obtain, or because of the use of machines like table saws and thicknessers.
The challenge for me was to use timber that is readily available at the local hardware. I came up with the idea of laminating 19mm thick pine to make up the kind of bulky timber framing that I have seen in many designs. As a bonus making mortise and tenon joints is relatively easy using this method.
The timber I used was, dressed all round finger jointed 19mm thick pine. This means that it is ready to use, no need for planing or jointing. Rough cut knotty pine or well seasoned building lumber would be a cheaper option if you have access to a jointer and thicknesser.
The design features bolted mortice and tenon joints in the longitudinal stretcher, which is a feature in the more expensive woodworking workbenches. Simply tighten the bolts when there is any sign of racking.
List of Materials
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Tools you may need
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