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The Knotty Bench

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Project by dryhter posted 01-08-2009 05:38 PM 4875 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this wood working bench from salvaged materials.The best part of the project,other than freeing up the space in the shop the salvaged lumber was taking up,was being able use the lathe to turn those massive legs.
Space always being a premium, I put a secret drawer under the shelf to hold veneer or blueprints.
Chips and Shavings
Dave

-- Chips and Shavings/ see you at WWW.underconstructionlive.com





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jroot

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#1 posted 01-08-2009 05:48 PM

Beautiful work on your bench. Well done.

-- jroot

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woodworm

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#2 posted 01-08-2009 05:58 PM

Just great!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-08-2009 06:01 PM

Nice work. Space looks like it is tight on that end of the shop. So where did the reclaimed lumber come from?

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#4 posted 01-08-2009 06:17 PM

I love the draw at the bottom. Good plan and nice job on the bench.

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#5 posted 01-08-2009 06:25 PM

Looks great! I wish the photos were larger.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 01-08-2009 06:29 PM

Very nice. i like the added touch to the legs. It’s always nice to be able to use up what you have laying around.

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pinkiewerewolf

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#7 posted 01-08-2009 07:37 PM

Great bench and I also like the touch of the turned legs.
Can you tell us a bit more about the salvaged wood that you used.

-- John, Nor-Cal, shopsmith.net/forums

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dryhter

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#8 posted 01-08-2009 08:20 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments.
I’m new here and you all are making me feel welcomed.
I am a Carpenter by trade and a wood worker in the broadest sense,I enjoy it all.
Earlier this year I was doing a complete remodel of a 60’s era split level and we moved just about every interior wall in the house.Being from the 60’s the drywall was just attached with nails, no glue.Reusing the material is generally frowned upon by the building inspectors and the home owners kinda think you are being cheap somehow if you re-use the material. So it was destined for the dumpster. I would take the salvaged material home each night and clean and store it. I ended up with a nice little pile of 2×4’s, 2×6’s, and 2×8’s, winter was coming and I needed to make space in the shop so I figured I would kill two birds with one stone and the bench is the result.

Some how the older I get the more I value reusing stuff to give it a second life.

There is about 260 Ln. ft. of 2×4 in the top, 50 Ln. ft. of 2×8 in the legs and another 60-70 ft of misc. for the undercarriage and what knot.
Thanks again,

-- Chips and Shavings/ see you at WWW.underconstructionlive.com

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#9 posted 01-09-2009 12:40 AM

Dryhter, kudo’s for thinking green. As we turn into human antiques, our values and ideals morph as well, appreciation of mother earth is one of them.

Oh, and nice job on the bench , functionalism with a touch of art.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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pinkiewerewolf

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#10 posted 01-09-2009 05:10 AM

Thanks for the info on how you gave the materials new life. like you said much of the material from tear out gets trashed or thrown in someone’s fireplace.
once again, beautiful work bench.

-- John, Nor-Cal, shopsmith.net/forums

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lew

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#11 posted 01-09-2009 05:33 AM

Looks too nice to use! I like the “secret drawer” you can never have enough storage.

Good luck in the contest!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 01-12-2009 05:44 AM

ditto what was said above. Looks like the bench is too good to be used in the workshop!!!

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#13 posted 01-12-2009 06:19 AM

A nice looking bench. and great use of negative space.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#14 posted 01-18-2009 10:16 PM

“260 Ln. ft. of 2×4 in the top”
Wow , How big is this bench ? What glue did you use to laminate the top together ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 01-18-2009 10:23 PM

Wow nice Bench Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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