Old Workbench Flattening & Refinishing

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Project by DeepWater posted 11-24-2016 08:50 PM 3428 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I scored an old European style jointers workbench a few years ago from an estate sale, but finally had the time and tools to flatten and refinish the old girl. Since I only paid a few hundred bucks for it I didn’t mind that it wasn’t flat and was stained. My old Stanley hand planes sporting new Hock blades finally enabled me to get the work done, but I will tell you that heaving a 10 pound No. 7 Stanley jointer hand plane will give you a workout!

It took about 3 months of on and off work, but I got it flat, square, and smooth, then drilled a few more dog holes for my corner vise to hold down larger objects.

Ready for work!

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#1 posted 11-24-2016 10:37 PM

That is one beautiful restoration!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 11-24-2016 10:41 PM

That’s what’s meant by “A Labor of Love”. Nice work on bring this bench back to life, hope you have many years of bench time and enjoyable projects.

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#3 posted 11-24-2016 10:42 PM

What a wonderful old bench.
Fine restore and looks like a perfect place to spend good time in the future.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 11-25-2016 02:43 AM

Sweet bench! Nice estate sale score and restore.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#5 posted 11-25-2016 03:09 AM

That’s one clean restoration, good job DeepWater!

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#6 posted 11-25-2016 02:47 PM

That is a wonderful bench and what a steal. Now that you have gotten her all fixed up she’ll make a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 11-25-2016 03:12 PM

Looks great.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#8 posted 11-25-2016 03:14 PM


-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#9 posted 11-25-2016 06:39 PM

Beautiful bench, nice flattening job.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#10 posted 11-25-2016 08:23 PM


-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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#11 posted 11-26-2016 01:26 AM

Thanks Guys, I appreciate the compliments! I think she’ll serve me well for many years…

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