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Getting my tools ready #16: Re-purposing a shop bench to a woodworkers bench

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 08-12-2014 05:24 PM 1301 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Been awhile since my last post:

Randy aka Blackie asked that I show my rehabbed/recycled Hybrid woodworking bench. Please feel free to share your thoughts, advise and humor. It is appreciated.

So here it is! Looked and listened to some really good woodworkers here on LJ’s like Paul aka Shipwright, and Kiefer. Have to give credit to Paul Sellers and his YouTube video of constructing a woodworkers bench and a more recent one regarding adding bench dogs to your existing bench. Also an excellent video on installing a Jorgenson Woodworking bench vise.

I thought about building one like my hero’s, but I am being true to my Wabi Sabi self in recycling and re-purposing what I have, while learning from my imperfections….LOL!

Another step in becoming a better woodworker.

The first Picture is the bench vise I purchased last year after reading positive and negative reviews on Amazon. I have since learned more about different types and might now choose a different vise. But this one will have to be my workhorse.

I built this bench from the materials that I used building a three section bench attached to the shop wall out of the construction material that was to be a shop floor. ( Before I found water leaking in under the walls of my shop…another long story…grrr) I had set it up to do metal work. Had a big machinist vise and an angle iron edge. Had built it to balance sheet goods when using my old craftsman belt driven table saw. Now have a Grizzly cabinet saw and height is different. It had been a modified tension box and deck type frame construction. So the 2×8’s were glued and screwed to the bottom of the bench top for future bench dog holes. Otherwise the whole bench is anchored together with ceramic coated screws.

This was another inspired innovation. LOL! I rehabbed an office chair and used star nuts for the levelers. I saw Shipwright’s solution and looked at what the costs of bench wheels were at the woodstores. I purchased the castors with the stems, originally for my scroll saw stand. At least 150 pounds and locking hubs for wheels and pivot bearings. Had to run the threading all the way through the castor with WD Forty and a wrench. Mounted the star nuts with s sledge hammer. Drilled holes into the legs and screwed on the castors. Seemed like a great solution.

Until I turned the bench over! The star nuts really could not provide a stable anchor and the bench would rock with the brakes on! A couple taps with my hammer and they were dislodged! Back to the idea board? Oh yeah they made the bench too high.

I had to use a 2×4 laid on its face to provide the difference for me to have the right bench height. As I said back to the idea board. But it is working and I have used it for a couple projects so far.

Not as expected!

Next picture is mounting my “POS” 7 inch Harbor Freight bench vise, bought many years ago. Very sloppy , but I am using it to anchor pieces for planning against bench dogs until I can afford to purchase another one.

Had some ceder fence boards that were sitting in the basement that were long enough to add a nice finish to the construction materials…LOL! They were also the same depth at the Jorgenson vise jaws. Hey I even hand planned the rough sides down to make finished boards. Got that brain storm while sanding and getting coated with saw dust!

Well as I posted earlier in my shop notes blog this was a good idea that failed. I find my shop has gotten smaller with the assembly of all the shop equipment. The mobile bench was a way to set up tools in a work plan. When I have more woodworking time I will revisit the mobility issue. Until then it is now more functional, comfortable, and I found some ash to fit the vise jaws!

As I’ve complained to my friends, I have to get some major maintenance done on my old Victorian, while I am able to climb ladders, hang out windows, and lift commodes to repair broken flanges in upstairs toilets! also to use the window of weather while I can?

Thanks for viewing!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher



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Bricofleur

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#1 posted 08-12-2014 05:42 PM

Great work and nice bench, Tom. Who won’t like to get more working surfaces with holding power ! (or spaces to drop more stuff ! – Sorry, I couldn’t resist). lol

All the best buddy, and enjoy it.

Serge

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-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 08-12-2014 08:24 PM

Great job. I want lots of benches in the shop. Then I don’t have to put things away as often. :-)

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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DocSavage45

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#3 posted 08-12-2014 08:36 PM

Monte,

Thanks, but believe it or not I clean up the shop every night! Have to, because I share it with 6 cats who might decide to mark something even though they have an enclosed yard.

And yep I am disorganized!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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grizzman

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#4 posted 08-12-2014 10:24 PM

only 6 cats, gee…how come you dont have more…lol…i would love to just have one, but the time is not right yet here…when i put my bench on some very heavy duty casters , it did the same thing, rock, i dont know what i will do, if i take the wheels off, that is where it will be, its really heavy, but for now the casters stay on….but i like yours…where are the cats, i didnt see any in the pictures…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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whitebeast88

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#5 posted 08-12-2014 10:35 PM

very nice job on the bench.thanks for sharing glad blackie talked you into posting.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 08-12-2014 10:39 PM

They took over the upstairs level in the barn part of shop. They ar enot too happy with loud noises. There is a large cat liter box in back of the water bottle and vise in first picture.

Thanks for checking it out Bob!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 08-12-2014 10:40 PM

Well Tom that looks nice strong and sturdy, I’ve heard no matter what you build you want it strong enough to have sex on it :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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DocSavage45

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#8 posted 08-12-2014 10:42 PM

Thanks Marty,

I have been busy as I have complained about. Now working on a neglected single window, which does not require rebuilding, just stripping sanding,glazing and repainting. Sigh, but it isn’t like I have to remove them and rebuild them as on the other side. ( I do go on, don’t I..LOL)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#9 posted 08-12-2014 10:47 PM

Close Randy,

The saying use to go for decks I built that “you could park a truck on it!” LOL!

Thanks for checkin in!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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PhilBello

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#10 posted 08-12-2014 11:50 PM

I wish you would stop going on about your Bench Vises Tom!!!! I desperately want one, I have trawled the DIY Stores of Colombia, and they only seem to sell Engineering Vises, if they didn’t weigh so much I would import one, but …

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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DocSavage45

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#11 posted 08-13-2014 12:13 AM

Hey Phil,

Have you considered just the mechanism? or is tha too much? My friend in Costa Rica says they have a 100% import tax.

Thanks for checking in.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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PhilBello

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#12 posted 08-13-2014 01:25 AM

I’ve considered it Tom, the tax isn’t normally too bad, it is the shipping, I’ll have to try and find someone who has a bit of space and not much weight in their case!!! Most things I import, usually end up 50-90% more than the original price of the tool.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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DocSavage45

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#13 posted 08-13-2014 01:45 AM

Don’t buy this vise as it is going for 199 bucks on Ebay! Good luck!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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PhilBello

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#14 posted 08-13-2014 02:54 AM

Ha! Ha! I think if I paid nearly $400 for a vise, I would get kicked out of the house :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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DocSavage45

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#15 posted 08-13-2014 03:03 AM

Phil,

You’re pretty adept at woodworking. kiefer posted a really well thought out and enginered robou type vise for a bench. He has a demonstration on You Tube as well?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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