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Project by Passion4Wood posted 1748 days ago 24130 views 9 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was telling a friend of mine one day that my next project was going to be a workbench for my shop. He began to tell me about several pieces of old bowling alley that he had salvaged years ago from when he lived in Miami. I went over to his house and he allowed me to pick the one I wanted and even helped me load it in the truck. Well, many months and a lot of work later, here is the results. I had to replace several of the walnuit ball marker inlays and I used walnut to plug all the holes. I also trimmed it out in walnuit to match.
Next, lots of cabinets and storage to build…..

-- Passion4Wood, Augusta GA.





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woodworm

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#1 posted 1748 days ago

Very nice workbench.
Say thank you to your friend!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 1748 days ago

Wow, very interesting and certainly gorgeous bench. What did you make the legs out of?

I want one!

-- Bob A in NJ

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Passion4Wood

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#3 posted 1748 days ago

Bob A,
I laminated 4/4 Maple together, 3 pieces thick for the legs and 2 thick for the stringers.

-- Passion4Wood, Augusta GA.

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cabinetmaster

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#4 posted 1748 days ago

Wow, Nice job. Where can I find some of that stuff…............LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Indiana_Parrothead

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#5 posted 1748 days ago

Nice bench simple and uasable. But your shop is way to clean, you need some sawdust on the floor and tools laying around to make it look like you work in there, lol… Great job am am sure that it will serve you well.

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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Brad_Nailor

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#6 posted 1748 days ago

Dude, is that an operating suite, or a wood shop? Nice shop..I bet he just cleaned it up real pretty for the photo op! I love the workbench..I really like the way you left the alley marks in it! Nice work!

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

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John Stegall

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#7 posted 1748 days ago

I made one out of “alley” stock too. Mine had unfortunately spent quite a few years in a leaky shed so it had to be “halved” (sorry, old Texas word or is that Texan?) to get rid of the rotted part. Still, I was really pleased with the outcome. Then I found another project for the maple so I replaced it with plywood.

I would post a pix but after seeing this shop, I would be “banned for life” from LJ. I could not have that! Beside, my wife will not let me out of the house with a camera.

Looks terrific.

-- jstegall

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ohwoodeye

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#8 posted 1748 days ago

Very nice touch with the walnut trim. Very useful and a neat conversation piece. Now all you need to do is lathe out and paint some miniature bowling pins as bench dogs.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Bradford

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#9 posted 1748 days ago

Kids might mistake it for a game table and do a little bowling. (a few plastic bottles and a nerf ball.) I love it and it’s such a cool design. Not your typical bench. Thanks for the post. These kind of projects inspire the junior woodworkers and draw them in.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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PurpLev

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#10 posted 1748 days ago

looks good. so you left the entire width of the bowling alley huh? how wide is the bench? ~48”?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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RetiredCoastie

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#11 posted 1748 days ago

Very nice. The trim and vice realy frame it well!

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Passion4Wood

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#12 posted 1748 days ago

PurpLev,
I cut about 4” from each side due to damage and I cut about 2’ off of the end due to water damage so it ended up about 7’ long X 40” wide. I found out quickly that a bowling alley has a ton of nails embedded.

-- Passion4Wood, Augusta GA.

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PurpLev

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#13 posted 1748 days ago

yeah, lots of nails… been there done that, no fun unless you know how to tackle in properly. looks like you’ve got that nailed down though (pun intended! ;) ).

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Cory

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#14 posted 1748 days ago

That’s just gorgeous. Great job.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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Jim

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#15 posted 1748 days ago

Love the bench top. Very nice.

-- http://iamawretch.com/

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