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Project by Dietmar posted 02-04-2010 08:22 PM 4763 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 50+ year old “Ulmia/Ott” workbench, which I bought from a neighbor “as is”. After planing and sanding off a half a century worth of glue, paint, crud and unidentified stuff this was the final outcome. I also stripped and repainted the vise parts; this time red instead of Ulmias’ green color. The bench was finished with Watco Danish Oil.

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#1 posted 02-04-2010 08:26 PM

Wow thats fantastic super bench and great job

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#2 posted 02-04-2010 09:11 PM

Excellent bench. Nice clean-up. Looks good to go for another 50 or 200 years! It looks indestructible.

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

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 09:26 PM

thats the nicest looking ulmia bench I have seen in a while! The older benches like yours are the best, because the bench hooks are bigger. and you have one that is the middle length. Very nice… how did your neighbor come across such an old bench?... I did not know that Ulmia was selling products in the US.

Anyhow, well done! I am jealous, my bench does not look so nice.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#4 posted 02-04-2010 09:30 PM

I have this identical bench. I inherited it from my Grandfather. If you check my workshop pics you’ll see it’s pretty rough looking right now. I’d be interested in your process and the products you used. Nice job, it looks great.

-- Blair

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#5 posted 02-04-2010 11:29 PM

Very nice bench – you did a great job

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#6 posted 02-04-2010 11:58 PM

Nice score on the highly regarded Ulmia. Desparate as I am to build my own, if this came my way I would drop all plans.

Congrats! And very nice job. You’ve got one helluva bench!

With that funky bright green floor—is that the painted floor?—and those colorful floor mats I think we would both have to change our tuxedoes into our flamboyant Hawaiiin shirts.


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#7 posted 02-05-2010 12:46 AM

Nice workshop.

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#8 posted 02-05-2010 01:32 AM

I will clean up any others your neighbor has. I like the vises a lot.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 02-05-2010 02:15 AM

When I moved into my house 15 years ago, I met my neighbor a few times. He died about a year later. He was a master cabinetmaker from Germany and lived in this country for many years. He had this bench shipped from Germany. After his death the bench sat in the garage for about 14 years. Every so often when his daughter had the garage open I ogled at that bench. So finally one day I approached her about the bench. And she said “yes”. (to the sale of the bench) I took the frame apart and hand planed it down to the bare wood. The top was a little more time consuming. After handplaning and sanding I soaked the wood with Watco Danish oil. The vises are really rock solid. It is one heck of a bench. Oh, and about the floor…...well the ceiling is sky blue. That’s from the time when the kids were smaller. The floor was supposed to be grass-color. Unfortunately it looks like after a toxic spill. And the floor mats, well, they are comfy.

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#10 posted 02-05-2010 02:32 AM

WOW Nice Great Lookin Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 02-05-2010 03:37 AM

Dietmar, Very nice bench. What is the story on the lathe in the corner? Did you build it? Can we see some pic’s?

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#12 posted 02-05-2010 04:23 AM

Nice find. I actually had one of these workbenches. Woodcraft Supply used to sell them. I bought mine about 30 years ago for $600 (shipping was extra). It was a fine bench. I had to sell it when I moved.

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

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#13 posted 02-05-2010 04:42 AM

Great looking bench and an outstanding job getting it in shape.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#14 posted 02-09-2010 07:57 PM

Great bench you got there
I wish you cuold have seen the old man
do some work on it a lot more than you
have but a nice story abaut it
tankĀ“s forsharing it with us


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#15 posted 02-24-2010 11:08 PM

I like the lathe… the workbench too, of course.

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