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I built this workbench with my dad out of jarrah and wandoo roof timbers. The top of the bench is pine.

If you're in Perth WA, we got the wood from Cape Salvage in Landsdale and the vise we found at Carba-tec.

180cm long
60cm deep
90cm high

Hand saw
reciprocal saw
plastic mitre box
Carpenters Square
tape measure

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Step 1: Cut wood to selected dimensions

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Measure and the beams to the required size. We cut off the edges so we would have a straight edge to measure from.
We started out using the square as an edge to run the guide of the reciprocal saw along to get a straight line. We moved to hand sawing for most of the checks out of the wood because it was more accurate.

Step 2: Measure and cut at joints

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We cut a section out of each beam and leg at the point that they joined up. There were a lot of them. I'm going to condense this step to a series of pictures. Then we chiseled out those sections and checked that the pieces fitted together. If not we used the rasp and a bit of hammering to persuade the pieces to fit together. We marked each piece as we went so we knew which beams attached to which legs etc. Most of the work of building the bench was in the measuring cutting and chiseling of these checks by hand.

Step 3: Putting the sides together

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We used bolts to secure the beams and legs together. Before we drilled the holes we checked that all the angles were 90 degrees or as close as possible. We checked that the distance between the two legs was the same at the top and bottom and took two diagonal measurements. Then we drilled a pilot hole which would guide the larger drill bit in the right spot (this also makes it easier to drill a big hole in hard wood). We then hammered the bolts in and secured them will nuts and washers.

looking very solid one. nice. i'm going to build it.

Winged Fist2 years ago
Nicely done! I've been thinking about making something like this as soon as I find some free lumber;-) When I do, this instructable will come in handy... Thanks!
seamster2 years ago
That's a good looking bench! Very nice work.
pfred22 years ago
I like my bench vises flush with the bench top, and aligned to a bench end too. I suppose I'm picky. Nice wood you made the base out of. Workbenches are handy. Enjoy yours.