The "Scrounge-A-Bench"

I wanted a workbench to use with my increasing collection of hand tools and to help with assembly of various projects.  While a traditional workbench would be ideal I had to balance the time to build against the time available.  In the end I decided to do "something" now and build a traditional bench "someday".

I had some cabinet bases available that Jeff and I salvaged from a tearout in the offices where he works.  I used a 48" wide base unit and removed the doors.  I built an "insert" for it that had several drawers and one small cabinet for tool storage.  I used some "sappy" cherry for this.  The work top is three layers of 3/4" plywood laminated using polyurethane glue.  I then mounted a 9" front vise on the left side. 

I think it has worked out well.  Lots of drawer space although I am using it up quickly.

The bench works great and only cost me 5 drawer extensions, three sheets of borg china ply and a used front vise!  Now all I need to do is get it moved into the shop!!!