Box-Beam Bench

A master's bench anyone can build.

Building a serious workbench is a rite of passage for many woodworkers. It’s usually an ambitious project requiring a lot of skill, lumber, time, money and tools—but it doesn’t have to be that hard. Here’s an alternative. This bench is every bit as good as one that costs thousands of dollars. It’s rigid, heavy and dead flat. Its vises offer all the holding power you need. But you can build it on a budget in a short time. You don’t have to make complicated joints or use big equipment. It’s a bench for everyone.


  1. You did a GREAT job and came up with an excellent design.

    thank you for your design

    allen tedesco, 2 years ago Reply

  2. Where, oh where can I get the palns for this bench?

    Ron, 2 years ago Reply

    • Ron, the plans are available in the Oct./Nov 2011 issue of American Woodworker, issue #156. Your can purchase a digital or paper copy of the issue at awbookstore.com

      aw_editors, 2 years ago Reply

  3. What finish did you use on the MDF top? I just finished my bench. It was easy to build and extremely sturdy.

    Fred Dye, 2 years ago Reply

    • Fred, I used a water-based polyurethane and applied three coats with a paint pad. (See the video: “The Best Brush: A Paint Pad!)

      jtoner, 2 years ago Reply

  4. Are there plans for the cabinet available?

    Craig, 1 year ago Reply

  5. hi whank you

    byambasuren, 1 year ago Reply

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