Workbench 2.0
good, fast, cheap workbench

My first workbench was a door on sawhorses. This was my first real workbench. It was based on a website by Bob Kay. His website disappeared, but there is a still a pdf of the plans online for a Good, Fast, Cheap Bench.

The tail vice I dropped during installation, but it worked as a tail vise.

My main complaint was the top. I didn’t orient the grain of the boards the same direction, which made planing difficult. Also, I didn’t remove the rounded edges of the 2x4s before gluing, which left a lot of crevices in the top. Otherwise it worked well.

If I were starting out today, I would build a Nicholson bench like the one in The Naked Woodworker.

I replaced this workbench with Workbench 3.0.

Daddy,  Can We Play in the Workshop?

If hand tool woodworking is your passion, you may enjoy my children's book, Daddy, Can We Play in the Workshop?