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9 Dollar Workbench project #2: Pretty much finished with work table..

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Blog entry by Dan posted 09-28-2010 07:56 PM 2771 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In my first blog on this topic I talked about buying an old steel desk/table from a resale place for 6 dollars. Using all extra materials from my shop (with the exception of one can of spray primer that I had to buy) I was able to transform the ugly and rusted steel table into a rater good looking small work bench.

Here is what it looked like when I got it (also had two metal drawers not shown in photo)

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The first set of steps are all in my first blog. I left off right after adding a dove tailed trim around the table top made from Cherry wood.

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The last stages of this project were to build some drawer fronts out of cherry, paint the remaining metal parts of the table with a good quality white paint, adding bottom shelf and then adding a vice to the top. I may do more later but for now I am done with this project.

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-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"



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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 08:09 PM

For $9 and a little elbow grease you’ve got yourself a bargain. Nice bench!

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 08:18 PM

8-O thats not a woody wice
thought you say it wasn´t a utillitybench but what does that wice do there if it ain´t…..lol

but the bench still looks good man despite the litle design fart…lol

have considered two more drawers and some doors to close in that shelf or just drawers ?

I realy wisch I had such a unit in the basement in theese month – maybee I get lucky too

thank´s for sharing the good job on it

take care
Dennis

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 08:19 PM

It looks good. I wish I had room for one like that. Thanks for posting.

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Dan

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 05:14 PM

Dennis- I don’t really do much utility work. The vice was given to me so I decided to bolt it down. I super glued some rubber foam stuff to the jaws and I do use it for some woodworking stuff. I may add more later but I feel like I put way to much time into this project and I just need a break from it.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 05:59 PM

I know it from the last blog , just had to tease you..lol

and you can get some different softpads to it as well
I have a set for round stuff and made a set out of aluminum for soft delikat works on metal
were you don´t want the jaws to lieve marks even somtimes use thick tape on those
if dealing with cobber or brass

have a great day
Dennis

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