A Manly-Man’s Custom Workbench – a work in progress…

I thought I would share something else we’re working on – a sort of ongoing project. It started when we moved into our new little house in the city… there is a nice room in the basement for a workshop, but the work bench down there was a disaster. Too high, too deep to reach the back, poorly made, and fitted with an electrical strip that was, well, not safe. We decided to demo that baby and start from scratch.

After leafing through many many woodworking books, we came up with a size that was a bit more practical. That, and I got talked into doing a custom paint job on the top. ๐Ÿ™‚ What guy doesn’t need some manly details in his wood shop? Right?


Please forgive the poor photo quality… but you can see the custom design coming to life. On the left, a tribute to the Fire Department, and on the right, THE HUSKERS. ย The top is 1/2″ plywood and then face stripped with pine. You can’t tell in this photo, but he did a great job on the mitered corners. ย The finished size of the top is 24″ x 44″. We built a simple base out of 2 x 4 lumber that ends up being standard working-height, 36″. Drawers and cubby holes have yet to be completed.

So how do you protect a custom painted design against all the workshop abuse? Stay tuned.

~ The Woodworker’s Wife


3 responses to “A Manly-Man’s Custom Workbench – a work in progress…

  1. Hey Noelle!

    It has been fun to see what projects you and Jordan are working on… Any chance you’ll be working your way out to Colorado any time soon? I’d love to have you folks over!

    ~ Jody

  2. noelleskaya

    JODY! ๐Ÿ™‚ We usually make it out to Colorado once a year … for our anniversary. We’re trying to decide if we want to do the mountains or the beach for our 3rd. ๐Ÿ™‚

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