"680 Pound Workbench" Made Out of Old Growth, White Oak.

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 12-27-2009 07:20 AM 9985 views 17 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made my workbench about 8 years ago. It was made out of 100 year old white oak. The Timbers we used for a old beer company in Omaha Nebraska called Falstaff. The Timbers were used to hold up the old beer vats.

Each timber was 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” Square and 8’-0” long. They were very twisted & warped. The man that sold them to me charged me 1.00 per one. So I bought 100 pieces of timber. The Timbers are very heavy, the growth rings are very tight together approximately 1/32” to 1/64” apart which made the timbers very heavy.

I had to mill them flat on are, “Ornamental Milling Machine”. Which we use for lathe work. It has two Axes points and a router mounted on top. When I was done milling each timber and cut to size. I would weight them on a big scale we have here at work for shipping. The total of just the wood alone was 662 pounds.

I was wanting to make a bench that was very heavy, so that when I was carving on the end vise. I wouldn’t get any movement. So I could carve as hard as I can, and the bench never moves. Thanks for Looking.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 12-27-2009 07:24 AM

Wow… what a bench!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#2 posted 12-27-2009 07:37 AM

Must be very very heavy one.
Great workbench!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 12-27-2009 07:42 AM

Yea that looks like my work benches??? O.K. yours looks better. L.O.L. but I got a couple of truck loads of some free lumber here about 6 years ago and this co. was tearing out all the temporary office walls that they had thrown together. But they had a bunch of these temporary headers above the doors and I took them along with all the other wood I could store, rats ran out of room L.O.L. they were two 2×4’s nailed and glued together and another 2×4 on top with a little bit longer for the 2×4 side jambs of the door to nail to. I took and cut the excess off the ends so it was all the same length and took my power hand planer to the sides of the top 2×4 and planed it down even to the sides of the other two 2×4’s making one solid 4×6x36 inch post Aproximate, but almost on the money,, that I used for legs on my work benches. Very solid, I bet I could drop a old 327 v8 from about 6 foot and not buckle it. If I can ever figure out how to down load pictures here on this computer I’ll take some and post them, nothing fancy but they work. I definately needed you to do the building, yours looks great

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#4 posted 12-27-2009 07:52 AM

Dennis: that is a great looking bench. Great use of some cheak timber.

-- 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 †

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#5 posted 12-27-2009 07:52 AM

Great looking vice Dennis. What did you put it together with ?

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#6 posted 12-27-2009 07:58 AM

I like this bench, my ultimate bench, will be a slab of granite imbedded in a cement table. I’ve actually worked on that kind of table for a number of years. Couldn’t move it either.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 12-27-2009 08:05 AM

Super great bench looks fantastic.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 12-27-2009 11:20 AM

Great Bench Dennis.

I like the extended area for the carving vise. A little detail like that can make a considerable difference during use. The brace is a great idea as well.

I imagine the chisel handles would break long before the bench will move.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 12-27-2009 02:25 PM

I am making a white oak bench as I write, and I wish I had access to your stash of wood. I’ve been laminating 250 year old old growth white oak that I bought 15 years ago for 1.80/bf in the rough, and frankly, I am tired of planing and jointing wood!

Assume that if you need to move it, you’d jack it up and put it on a dolly? There’s no muscling that bench into position…

-- Steven

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#10 posted 12-27-2009 02:26 PM

Never too heavy. I like to be able to move my benches from time to time. That’s what a pallet jack is for. Love that end vise.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 12-27-2009 02:31 PM

Great looking bench, looks like all the work you put into that reclaimed lumber really paid off.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#12 posted 12-27-2009 03:31 PM

now this is one solid ’ immovable object ’ !

well done !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 12-27-2009 03:41 PM

What a handsome, & versatile looking bench.

I especially like the carving station on the end.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 12-27-2009 03:54 PM

Great bench/Carving station.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#15 posted 12-27-2009 03:54 PM

that is a very fine firewood stack :-)
waow I like the carving area
thank´s for sharing


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