Building the bench on the table


Since my 10' x 11' den-area is getting a bit full with a computer, mill, lathe and electronics shop (!), I figured I'd better add a workbench in the kitchen.

It turned out I have space for a handy 6' x 24" table - again assembled with the 2x4Basics legs.

Building the bench on the table
Workbench

Got Red Oak plywood by mistake!


I don't expect to do any 'heavy' work here so went for a bit of a nicer top.  Really wanted a butcher-block type top, but never found one I could afford - til just AFTER I built this!  I was looking at Birch ply at Lowes, and wasn't paying attention - and got this Red Oak piece...  Looks good but would still rather have butcher-block.

Got Red Oak plywood by mistake!
Workbench

Tucks right in – can still do dinner


All done and cleaned up.  The bench may not remain so pristine as it falls into use.
Tucks right in – can still do dinner
Workbench

The varnish is barely dry


Looks sweet - and that parrot vise is "Da Bomb"!  Highly recommend to anybody as a very versatile, medium duty vise.

The varnish is barely dry
Workbench

No toolboxes – drawers only


Last but not least is a nifty Harbor Freight Tool cabinet. It is really an add-attachment for their large mechanic's chest, but fill the bill nicely for a small area. Later, a grinder will live on top.

Naturally after this was bought, I found a nicer one with a butcher-block top. And less expensive... So it goes!

No toolboxes – drawers only
Workbench