Unique Workbench

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Project by richgreer posted 1557 days ago 5277 views 12 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to “share” my workbench because it has some unique characteristics that some may find interesting.

My wife and I used to own a flower shop and the carcass for this workbench is a cabinet from that flower shop. I removed the original top and put on 2 layers of 3/4 MDF. I then put down a layer of bamboo flooring and put 8/4 oak around the perimeter. The bamboo is extremely tough and it is holding up very well.

By the way – This is a VERY heavy bench. The carcass is very heavy to begin with, but 2 of us were able to put it in place. The MDF, bamboo and oak were added in place. 2 normal men could not move it now.

On the back side there are lots of drawers and shelves. You can never have too much storage.

Since this was originally in a flower shop, it has a built in ribbon dispenser. I may have the only workbench in the world with a built in ribbon dispenser.

You can see the plate for the Kreg hold down clamp. That is a very convenient hold down clamp system that I recommend.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 1557 days ago

You have a very nice work bench; you did a great job at the same time you have recycled.

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#2 posted 1557 days ago

Great Bench you did a fantastic job on it !

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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Dave Haynes

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#3 posted 1557 days ago

Great effort! You will enjoy that bench tremendously, I know I do mine. I made mine from a plan from Woodsmith magazine. You can see it on my projects page or read about the build process on my website at: if you want to. Again, great job on the bench. By the way, and as you probably already know, heavier is better!


-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#4 posted 1557 days ago

Very nice workbench. The idea of recycling is creative.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 1557 days ago

Nice bench. I am gathering all the ideas I can right now. There is a new bench on my radar screen.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Kent Shepherd

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#6 posted 1555 days ago

Good looking bench


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#7 posted 1554 days ago

That is a wonderful workbench. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#8 posted 1554 days ago

Fantastic workbench

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 1551 days ago

Great looking workbench. I’d be proud to have that in my shop.


-- Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity….

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#10 posted 1545 days ago

Nice workbench, and I totally agree with the Kreg hold-down clamp. I love mine and use it all the time.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 1538 days ago

Nice job Rich! I knew it must have been crafted by an Iowan :)

-- Paul, Winterset Iowa,

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#12 posted 1532 days ago

Nice workbench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 1529 days ago

Thats a really nice workbench. Thanks for the post.

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#14 posted 1498 days ago

great looking work bench… nice job…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#15 posted 1498 days ago

lol @ the ribbon dispenser :) I could probably find a use for that…

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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