A while back, I spent $90 at an estate type auction for a disassembled woodworking bench. I noticed that it said “Sjobergs” on it & figured I was safe at that price, as a Harbor Freight woodworking bench that was not as stout routinely sold on sale for about $120. This bench looked like it was hardly used. When I got it home, I discovered that it was what appeared to be an earlier model of the current Nordic Plus 1660 bench. The only difference was the lower shelf configuration. The top & vises were the same. That was the good news.
What I considered to be the bad news, (not really bad, just not to my liking) was that, while well constructed, I didn’t find it heavy enough to feel solid for hand tool work, and with only trestle style legs & shelf, it had limited storage. I looked at the Sjobergs’ cabinet inserts & felt they were either to expensive for one model or too cheaply built for the other, and then this amazing idea came to me…I’m a woodworker, why don’t I build one???
This would accomplish 2 goals: first, more storage, and second, more weight.
With a lot of wood laying around, and a couple of birch face cabinet doors from my old summer cottage kitchen, the whole project cost me virtually nothing but time in the shop, which, as we all know, doesn’t count against our total time on this earth. I cut up a door to make the drawer fronts to match.
The piece at the back of the bench did not connect to the top, so I topped off the cabinet at the top of that piece which still left open storage & the ability to blow out sawdust that fell through the dog holes.
The result is a great work space, some needed storage space, and enough extra weight (especially when filled with shop junk) to satisfy my bench needs…
sort of… Stay tuned for the bench # 2 story. (One of anything just never seems like enough) -SST
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