The $300 Woodworking Bench
Here’s a workbench that just might fit into our Furniture Lab theme. Jerry Beafore, a hobbyist woodworker in Fairmont, West Virginia, had been using an old wooden door perched on two sawhorses as his primary bench for too many years. This year he finally decided to make a change and build a true woodworking bench—one he’d be proud to show off and one that would challenge and showcase his 40 years of woodworking experience.
He wanted a classic style, with lots of functionality, but he was on a strict budget. The solution came in the form of wood scraps discarded by a local cabinet shop. Beafore was able to get a few pickup-truck loads of hickory, poplar, maple, red oak, and cherry, ranging in size from 3/4 in. to 1 in. thick by about 10 ft. to 12 ft. long. Three weeks after getting all the wood, he’d meticulously pieced together his dream bench, and you won’t believe the cost. Here’s the breakdown:
Nice job, Jerry.
The bench is 31 in. wide by 81 in. long by 36 1/2 in. high. It weighs about 350 lbs.
Vises in, ready for the top.
It all started with a bunch of free hardwood scraps from a local cabinet shop.
A look at the front vise.
The proud maker and his bench.