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Project by Albe posted 12-11-2016 07:57 PM 1943 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a few years of frustration and a sale at Woodcraft on a birch butcher block top ($119) I decided to transformer this Harbor Freight workbench ($159) to a more usable solution. I added levelers ($36) so that it could be adjusted level with my miter saw stand and most of my other power tools. Once adjusted I had some wood under the feet to help support it in case the levelers moved. Most of the other material was left over from other projects. May add a vice someday but after all these years of being frustrated with the old one I got use to using clamps which the 1”1/2 inch in thick top it should be much easier now. Finishing it with danish oil just to keep moisture out since it is in my garage. I would on of the Sjobergs workbench but at almost $1600 it is not cost effected. Overall size of the bench now is 60”L X 32W” X 351/2”H.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-11-2016 08:12 PM

Nice big workbench!!

Jim

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 12-11-2016 09:54 PM

This is a very nice and practical workbench that will be highly useful in just about anyone’s workshop. The modifications were obviously very effective. It’s a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#3 posted 12-12-2016 01:46 AM

Nice bench and improvements. Should not frustrate you anymore. LOL

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bobasaurus

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#4 posted 12-12-2016 06:24 PM

I did almost the same thing with my HF bench:

http://lumberjocks.com/bobasaurus/blog/91554
http://lumberjocks.com/bobasaurus/blog/91802

The birch top is really great for the price. I did attach a front vise and made a wagon vise from the HF vise hardware. I still need to apply some finish, though. Maybe I’ll slap on some danish oil. I recently made a middle shelf and attached 2 of the drawers below it, giving me larger tool storage below, and room above for holdfasts.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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