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Workbenches...finally #1: Workbench # 1, the Sjobergs bench

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Blog entry by Shopsmithtom posted 12-01-2011 06:39 PM 3925 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you



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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 12-01-2011 09:20 PM

Tom,
Did that include the solid top and bottom, and you built the drawers for it,OR did you have to build the base and add the doors and shelves, plus drawers to it? That’s the way I got it figured according to you….I hope:)) Either way, you’ve got what looks like one rock-solid bench….good score and good story…....enjoy….

Good story on the work bench….So let me see if I have this straight…You found the bench at an estate sale.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Shopsmithtom

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#2 posted 12-01-2011 11:19 PM

Actually the sale was a huge tools & misc sale from a guy who had a ton of stuff collected over the years & needed to thin it out. He is alive. He just had a big auction to clear stuff out. The bench looked much like this. The top is the same.
But the lower front piece & shelf were missing & the rear piece is as pictured on my bench. The legs were there. I enclosed them & added the doors & drawers.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 12-02-2011 12:23 AM

Ok…now I’ve got it…..I was a bit confused on the set-up there for a a while, but now that you’ve explained that way…I’m not confused anymore…...:)). I hate gettin’ confused…..it’s like being lost.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Bob Kollman

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#4 posted 12-02-2011 08:37 AM

Excellent looking bench, I wish I had a real one. Most of my work is power tools
so I’ll have to wait on the bench. I really like your vices too, so many times could I have used them.
Great deal my freind!!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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