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Project by sfglass posted 08-16-2016 06:02 PM 6566 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had this small vise someone gave me and my son had begun doing some wood work but was doing it without a workbench of any kind. I had a bunch of warped and twisted 2×4s. I had the brilliant idea I should build him a workbench. I ran the 2×4s over the jointer, and across the table saw till I had some pretty straight pieces for the top, found some 4×4 treated posts I had pulled out of the ground a few years ago and cut them down for legs. I did buy some straight 2×6s for the frame work. Now if he’ll just make room for it in his garage so I can deliver it to him….





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 08-16-2016 06:53 PM

This is a great project for a woodworker to build for his son and I have to believe that he is so proud of this nice gift. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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johnstoneb

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#2 posted 08-16-2016 07:30 PM

Nice job. Really like the size of the splines. It probably will be moved to the dining room.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 08-16-2016 08:48 PM

That is one sturdy bench. Nice job on it!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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N2wood

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#4 posted 08-16-2016 09:31 PM

Thanks for sharing. That is a great build. It’s looks simple, but it’s not. I like the bottom shelf too. I need to add one to my old shop table.

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JPJ

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#5 posted 08-17-2016 02:11 AM

Nice job!

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muesli

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#6 posted 08-17-2016 09:38 AM

Very nice job! I don’t know how old your son is. But I am sure, if he is 90 years old, he will still remember you and this great bench you build for him!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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Scott Oldre

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#7 posted 08-17-2016 12:17 PM

Nicely done bench. Looks extremely solid and functional. If it were my garage, good luck finding a spot for something that size though. I use a shoehorn to get everything I have in on wheels.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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sfglass

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#8 posted 08-18-2016 08:04 PM

Thanks for the kind comments. Scott I know what you mean about the machinery on wheels. Available space is a dwindling resource, but it generally corresponds conversely to a growing tool inventory. I have a few things though that I need to either get fixed and deployed (with wheels when possible) or move out of the way. The least of which is a metal lathe on a rather oversized wooden workbench that makes the one I built look puny.

Those are temporary 6” castors I put on the table so I could move it around while I am attempting to rehabilitate it. Wish me luck on the refurb of this beast.

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sfglass

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#9 posted 08-20-2016 06:08 PM

A little surprised that with as many views, not a single comment on the hydraulic lift table under the workbench in the cover picture. Maybe if you knew I stole it for $20.00 (that’s twenty bucks) at a garage sale it would have gotten mentioned.

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IBuild4Fun

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#10 posted 08-08-2018 03:07 PM

I noticed it


A little surprised that with as many views, not a single comment on the hydraulic lift table under the workbench in the cover picture. Maybe if you knew I stole it for $20.00 (that s twenty bucks) at a garage sale it would have gotten mentioned.

- sfglass


I bet it comes in handy although I imagine it’s original use was for something like dropping a trans and more importantly getting it back up and in. What really caught my eye was the “I-Beam” construction for the top, reminded me of the old Ford commercials!
Is there any particular reason you didn’t do tongue and groove? Really nice build though, my tables look more like the one the lathe is sitting on. Good luck on the rehab!

-- IBuild4Fun, AKA Steve in Jersey

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sfglass

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#11 posted 08-08-2018 04:01 PM

Thanks Steve, by the time I removed all the twists and turns from the cull 2×4s (accumulated over many years of saving even the worst unusable box store junk) the width on the pieces had been reduced to the point that cutting tongues was not a good option, but a groove in both sides with a Key seemed a viable option. Seems to have worked ok.
The lathe turned out pretty good. I had to replace the spindle brgs (Timkens) one secondary shaft in the pulley set up, and a hand full of bushings. Everything got torn down to the last nut and bolt, polished and reassembled with a fresh coat paint. I went with a non standard color just cause I could. I also found an old govt. surplus “Tanker Desk”, stripped the several layers of latex and enamel paint off and refinished with paint to match the lathe. Unfortunately the metal lathe has turned me over to the Dark Side. (Machining) and I am currently tracking down a good Knee Mill to compliment the lathe.

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