A workbench from salvaged wood?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-16-2013 02:03 AM 1511 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well at least the wood came from such things as a dumpster. Cut a few things

Had to cut a place for some legs to go.

and a few cut-outs about 4” up from the leg’s bottom edge. A stretcher was needed between the two legs.

And after all the legs, and stretchers are assembled, time to make a toolwell area too. A 5/4×3-1/2” piece off an old door, for a front apron, regular 2×4s for the ends and a 2×4 for the back apron. Had some lap joints to mill on the ends of the front and back aprons

A piece of salvaged 1×3 strapping was attached to the bottom of the back apron, and a piece of plywood( salvaged from a footboard of an old bed) was screwed to the stapping piece. Assembled all the parts

Starting to look like something, now. Added some feet to the legs. Had two pieces of 1×6, and some leftovers from the door piece. Screwed them onto the legs.

Cost of a box of 2” screws and about 6 hours working on the back patio area. ( screws were almost $7 at Lowes, wife tried to get them for $2 ar wallyworld, they didn’t have any left) and then a few hand planes to smooth the top of the bench

A nice, cheap bench for the Dungeon Shop..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 02:44 AM

Gotta love saving wood in just about any form, Bandit. Got a plan to add any kind of vise to your new bench?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 12:16 PM

For now, maybe a cleat and some wedges between a second cleat. Saving up a few pennies to buy one from Lowes, for about $20. Fairly easy to clamp things in place, as is…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 09-16-2013 08:19 PM

One man’s junk….
Is another man’s workbench!!!

Great save and nice addition to the dungeon!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 09-17-2013 12:45 AM

Nice job. Just think, instead of rotting away all that wood will be working.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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