Questions on the SJÖBERGS 1500 workbench

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 06-26-2011 02:03 AM 1346 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was wondering if any of you could give me an idea on how you liked your SJÖBERGS 1500 workbench or thought of the model if you had seen it or used it? The price is nice but I understand you get what you pay for…lol. I do small to midsized projects using all handtools. Planeing and hand sawing, chisles, handcarving etc. For the 89 pounds does it sit and hold pretty firm? I have a smaller shop space and this will be my first woodworking workbench, I have a handmade workbench for all various, tasks but no dogs or vises. I am also a hobbiest but I do not want something too weak that will fight my saw or planeing.

If anyone has any advice it is greatly appreciated!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 06-26-2011 02:15 AM

It can move some when you plane. You might need extra weight. I believe mine is a 1550 without any kind of cabinets in it.

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#2 posted 06-26-2011 03:01 AM

Thanks WayneC for the reply. That does not seem too bad I know everything will move a little bit and it is light. Its a nice looking bench as well. It would still be a huge upgrade from an old bench I work off of that definitely rocks with every move you make…lol. Thanks again!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#3 posted 06-26-2011 03:03 AM

I’m pretty sure my local Sears had one of those on display a while back. It sure looked nice, but I wasn’t particularly impressed with the construction. The momentum produced from simply opening/closing the vice(s) was enough to to make it rock and sway.
Although I should point out the possibility that Sears might have botched the assembly.

If you’re in the market for a pre-fab bench, you might consider these:

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#4 posted 06-26-2011 03:12 AM

Thanks Tedstor, good links to investigate, also good point with SEARS…LOL. I know they are infamous for botching a few things. Thanks for the info.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#5 posted 06-26-2011 03:36 AM

I was not impressed when I used one in a class for a week. It moved in all directions. The bad part is the cost for the poor quality.

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#6 posted 06-26-2011 04:21 AM

I have the Nordic Plus 1660 bench with the storage cabinet. On the plus side, the vices can be mounted on the ends or the sides, making this bench an extremely useful assembly, clamping, and gluing station. Due to the relatively light weight, this bench is not nearly as good for hand tool work. The vices also offer a rather shallow gripping area and rack quite a bit when clamping a piece on the end of the vice face.

In spite of the shortcomings, almost every project is on the top of this bench at one time or another.

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