New workbench & miter saw station from reclaimed wood

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Project by Bill Van Loo posted 11-03-2015 03:49 AM 2150 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My new workbench and miter saw station is built almost entirely out of reclaimed wood. The top is 1 1/2” thick and consists of glued-up strips of oak, pine, and other reclaimed wood, held together with threaded rod (more on this in the video). The legs are made from beefy 2”x4” oak, cut down from reclaimed planks, and it’s all finished with polyurethane and finishing wax.

I completed this project over the summer, but I wanted to get a video of the project build edited and uploaded to YouTube before sharing it widely. This is also my first LumberJocks post after reading for many months, so I’m excited to share it with the community!

Here’s the video of building this project:

Reclaimed Wood Workbench & Miter Saw Station (Almost Free Workshop Redo, Part 3)

My future plans are to build a miter saw hood and add holes for bench dogs.

Thanks for checking it out!


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#1 posted 11-03-2015 05:44 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 11-03-2015 11:09 AM

Looks Good, nice work. A chop saw hood will help keep the dust out of that AC unit.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 11-03-2015 05:25 PM

Sweet! The back wall really sets it off!
Nicely done!

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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#4 posted 11-04-2015 09:52 AM

Nice use of materials.Really liked your video.Your project turned out great.Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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Bill Van Loo

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#5 posted 11-04-2015 10:59 PM

Thanks, all!

Like I said, I definitely have some improvements in mind already, including a dust hood for the miter saw, better dust collection (already have a hole drilled in the back left corner for the shop-vac hose to come up to the bench) and bench dogs. I’m also really interested in the idea of adding a removable fence extension for the miter saw (held onto the bench by the bench dog holes) for when I’m cutting large pieces.

Those improvements will almost certainly wait until spring; right now, I’m working on building a custom pedalboard for my guitar effects pedals, and will likely bang out a few Christmas gifts, too. After that, it will likely be too cold up here in Michigan to spend much time in my (unheated, uninsulated) shop!


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#6 posted 11-05-2015 10:30 AM

Nice job, that will be very useful, I need to build something similar. Love the back wall. Welcome to LJ

-- When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed they are not it

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Bill Van Loo

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#7 posted 11-05-2015 04:50 PM

Nice job, that will be very useful, I need to build something similar. Love the back wall. Welcome to LJ

- JackinNac

Thank you! The first two videos in this series shows how I revamped the back wall of my workshop to add the pallet wood wall:

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#8 posted 11-09-2015 04:29 PM

Nice Work

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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