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Another Much Needed Kitchen Workbench

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Blog entry by iozl posted 06-28-2012 12:16 AM 3918 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every so often you run across an old workbench being used as a plant potters workstation or (more frequently it seems these days) as a side or island table in the kitchen on one of the many design blogs out there. Most are old and have that shabby chic look that some designers seem to go for.

This one is different in that it appears to be a brand new woodworking bench with virtually no prior use on it. Complete with face and tail vices, not only does it look out of place, but it just feels like you could get a lot more use out of something that has drawers or a place for a center island sink.

Who knows – maybe the owner is a woodworker and the kitchen serves double duty as a part time shop, but my guess is that an over ambitious interior designer thought “oh, that will look fabulous as an island” and in it went. I do have the feeling that at the end of the day it would have limited applicability and use in the kitchen, but then again I fear that this isn’t the last workbench I’ll come across in a kitchen.

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tyskkvinna

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 12:45 AM

I actually love it. :o

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 02:51 AM

I don’t know. A nice stack of wood on the shelf. A cold day. A few tools and a nice warm cup of something. Good way to spend a day in the kitchen.

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 11:54 AM

I put the HF workbench in our kitchen. My wife loves it. it has the end vise, no face vice so that isn’t in the way. also it has 4 drawers where she stores towels and knives and such. Plus i bet it cost way less than this one lol.

http://www.harborfreight.com/60-inch-workbench-93454.html

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#4 posted 06-28-2012 05:41 PM

It may look out of place, until you realize that the end vise (with some modification) could make the best garlic press ever.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#5 posted 06-28-2012 07:07 PM

^ Brian, I was thinking juicer.

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#6 posted 06-29-2012 12:42 AM

i used mine to open a coconut lol

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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