22 – How to Make an Extreme Woodworking Bench for under $200

Plans available here: https://kingsfinewoodworking.com/collections/project-plans-for-sale/products/split-top-roubo-woodworking-bench

80 inches wide x 30 inches deep x 36 inches tall.
All legs and rails are solid 4 inches x 5 inches.
Bench Top is 5 inches thick. Weight is just under 500 pounds.

Some items used for this build.
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Watco Danish Oil
Transtint Red Dye
Zinsser Sealcoat
Titebond III Glue
GRK 6” screws
¼” roundover router bit
Forrest Dado King Dado Blade
Forstner Drill Bits
Bosch 12” Miter Saw

Some of the clamps used in this project:
Clamping Straight Edge Saw Guide
Bessey Parallel Clamps 
Jorgensen Bar Clamps 
Quick Grip Clamps 

I think everybody needs a woodworking bench. But, I know that not everybody has the thousands of dollars it takes to buy a quality bench from a woodworking store. I also know most woodworkers want to build their own anyway. Many friends of mine are woodworkers and most of them are saving up the $2000.00+ that it takes to buy the 8/4 maple to build their own. Whether Roubo style or another.

So I thought that I would present an alternative. This isn’t a new idea. Many YouTube woodworkers have done this before me. But, I thought that I would like to add my take on it.

I went to my local home improvement “Big Box” store. I selected construction grade lumber. At my store they had a choice of a product they called whitewood, or Douglas Fir. The latter was kiln dried, and a much higher density and harder lumber so I chose that.

Where you live will dictate what you buy. Many parts of the country will have southern yellow pine, which is a great choice for this.

I took quite some time to sort through the bunk of lumber to ensure that I got straight pieces and pieces with as few knots as possible. I chose all 2×6’s, and I ended up with a workbench that was nearly 500 pounds. Very strong, very solid!

Please follow along in the video to see what was built!

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