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Mega Workbench - How to Make a Woodworking Bench

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In this video: How I made a MEGA workbench out of reclaimed wood.

I remodeled an old barn last summer. While demolishing the interior I had a chance to recover some of the old lumber.

I stored it for a few months until I had time to build this woodworking bench. It weighs over 850 pounds and required 600 screws, 1 ½ gallons of wood glue, 44 9’x2”x6” Douglas fir, and about 40 hours to build

I hope I cover enough detail in this video to be helpful.

Thanks for watching!

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TOOL LIST:

Measuring and marking:
Tap measure —————————————– http://amzn.to/2ddgDDW
Swanson Speed Square ———————— http://amzn.to/2eE8BqC
Framing square ————————————- http://amzn.to/2e0b7IT
Mechanical Pencil ——————————— http://amzn.to/2dB6X71
Sharpie Marker ————————————– http://amzn.to/2edfD5H

Fastening:
3M blue tape —————————————– http://amzn.to/2e0aHSG
Wood glue ——————————————— http://amzn.to/2dQSbsU
Wood Screws —————————————- http://amzn.to/2lubzP7
Bar Clamp, 48-inch ——————————– http://amzn.to/2kxQTrW

Cutting and drilling
Short Blade 3-Piece Wood Chisel Set — http://amzn.to/2jJf4oB
Skilsaw ————————————————– http://amzn.to/2bSiCAK
Hand saw ———————————————- http://amzn.to/2dU5WdN
Japanese woodworking Hand Saw —— http://amzn.to/2dqe2Mg
Table saw ——————————————— http://amzn.to/2dQSrs1
Chop saw ———————————————- http://amzn.to/2dItFyf
Milwaukee Drill ————————————– http://amzn.to/2cOGXaH
High-Speed Steel Drill Bits ——————– http://amzn.to/2c9pX0k
Utility knife ——————————————– http://amzn.to/2cgK4Hn
Fortsner bits —————————————— http://amzn.to/2dtXYFE

Hammers:
Framing Hammer with Smooth Face —- http://amzn.to/2c20e8F
Dead Blow Mallet ———————————- http://amzn.to/2kNSecI

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WARNING:
This video is only for entertainment purposes. If you rely on the information portrayed in this video, you assume the responsibility for the results. Always think ahead. Every project you try is at YOUR OWN RISK.

In this video I build a workbench that will last a lifetime for my workshop. It took me 4 hours over 2 days.

Here are links to my other social media accounts

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shawneehillsworkshop/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shawnee_hills/
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/shawneehills

Here is a link to Wranglerstar’s Video where he uses all thread as clamps for his workbench build:

Armor Autojig Review: https://youtu.be/Lttpeg9_i8E
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40 COMMENTS

  1. I found this YouTube video on my search for a workbench. Instantly stopped looking to buy one and made plans to build this mega workbench. After days planning, buying wood and hardware I started sunday building the exact way as shown in the video. A lot of work but it worked out perfect thanks to the explanation. I'm very satisfied with the result ! 2 by 1 meter, heavy as concrete and … on wheels ! Still sanding my bench (work of art ;-)) and planning to transparent coat it for extra endurance. Thanks for the movie and the good explanation ! Grtz from Belgium.

  2. You could build a small house with that amount of wood, come on! using that much wood in a taible, is incredible.
    how many year did it take, for thoose trees to grow?

  3. Great job. In a 1000 years some archaeologist will find this bench perfectly preserved. And will gasp in amazement!!!

  4. Wow, very heavy working bench, around 385 kilos. This video was made four years ago and so the bench, was it worth?

  5. Very cool…this is definitely on my list of projects to do in the very near future! Thanks for sharing. I am hoping to get some free wood myself as the price of lumber has gotten out of control!!!

  6. Thanks looks solid
    Great job on editing
    Would have made legs all the same and used shims where the floor was out of level in case you ever wanted to move it. All in all good job anyone that didn't want that table just send it to me 👍

  7. im only starting into woodworking and would love to build this beast although I'm afraid how would I move it if I was to change workshop lol would need crane lol

  8. Hi, i've checked a few hundreds comments here (but not all…) but not found the answer, so ..
    What was the reason of the curve, and how could you have avoided that?
    I speechless of this project and subbed 'cause i like you backgroundmusic-less narration too!!
    …and Yes, i have some 2x4s around 😇…
    Thanks in advance!
    AB

  9. I am sorry to say this, but I have some suggestions for improvement.

    When you select the lumber for the top slap glue up it is a good idea to look at the endgrain. Maybe you did, but you did not show or mention. The curves of the groth rings should alternate from board to board, so the movement of the slap gets minimized. It should be concave, convex, concave, convex and so on.
    I saw there is a phat ass jointer in your shop. Why didn't you use it? The thinkness planer makes the faces smooth and parallel to each other, but not flat and square. In a workbench or worktable I allways check the slap for flatness with straight edges, winding sticks and the string method. There is no doubt that these workbench is really strong and it will last a lifetime. But it is also the reference surface for all future projects. So I highly recommend investing a bit more at that point.
    And you put finish only on the top in the video. There should also be finish on the buttom of the slap. With only one side finished there will be more wood movement, because on side takes and releases moisture at another rate than the other.

  10. What did you apply to the top of the bench? I am planning on building one myself, and I am looking for information on materials to protect the bench as much as I can. Thanks.

  11. I'm super stoked about having the Armor Tooll jig to aid in the making of my workbench now. (Much credit and thanks to your assurance that it would handle half inch material fine right out of the box) and I can't thank you enough. It's everything you said it was. 👍🏿
    And the workbench build is awesome as well.
    PS. Your videos are awesome and as long as you're being you there's zero chance of getting it wrong. You could post that water's wet and someone somewhere will challenge the fact. Keep making your great videos and sawdust good buddy.

  12. Important update: Multiply the material cost by a factor of 6 for 2021 material estimate. Congrats to anyone who built pre COVID or that owns a tree farm.

  13. For the vice I would go ahead and move it to the edge just a little bit and then cut off the corner of the bench to the shape of the base of the vice so you can swivel things around like you were talking about. Just figure out where it hits and cut that little corner off

  14. $100 work bench will cost you $500 extra for a plainer. Plus the table saw and sander. Your looking at $1300 if you don't own a drill, clamps and these tools.. I'm sick of bullshit vids that promise cheap fixes. Anybody trying to build a $100 bench already has the knowledge and doesn't need your bullshit clickbait. I have all of these tools because I'm a 30 year vet carpenter but most people don't have the tools for this job.

  15. I dont like it . You need a plainer , tons of long clamps and so on and so on . people who want to build a workbench usually do not have that kind of equiment.

  16. What's an alternative to achieving a smooth top without having a planer like that. Would an electric hand planer do the job?

  17. Hi, loved the video, going to try get started on my own one this week and I’ll be following this video. What clamps are they? I’ve looked for TBar / Sash clamps but can’t find any as deep as yours

  18. I didn’t see it shown in the video and was looking for a comment. Did you attach the top to the legs at all or just using the weight of the table top? I appreciate it and love this design so much I’m going to steal it

  19. $100 for the timber ? really ! Great timber work bench, although I couldn't afford the tools and equipment to build it.

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