Workbench = Done! (enough to post)

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Project by ryno101 posted 1641 days ago 3181 views 12 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here it is… My very own workbench! It’s been an ongoing work-in-progress for some time now, ever since PurpLev and I first picked up what would eventually become the top, giant chunks of hard maple bowling alley.

The base is all mahogany decking material, 4×4 legs and laminated 5/4 stretchers. The leg assemblies are mortise/tenon and the stretchers are bolted dovetails.

Talk about a big job… getting the hundreds of hardened spiral nails out and re-laminating the top alone was endless. The top needs another coat or seven of BLO, (it was done and gleaming and pristine, but I’ve been using it and filling gaps then planing them smooth, so it’s not as pristine as it once was!)

I’ve gotten the apron and breadboard end on, and my vise is attached, so I figure it’s done enough to post! (Seriously, it’s a workbench… is it ever really done?)

Thanks for looking!

-- Ryno

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#1 posted 1641 days ago

Lookin’ good!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 1641 days ago

I like this. How did you get chunks of Bowling Alley? Great idea

-- Robert, So Cal, My Turn or Yours.....

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#3 posted 1641 days ago

Now that’s a nice work bench you have there.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 1641 days ago

Nice build! When do the modifications begin? lol

-- I still have all my fingers

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#5 posted 1641 days ago

looks great Ryan! did you end up stripping the entire laminated top to remove ALL nails?

looks like it’s serving it’s purpose greatly! makes all the difference doesn?t it?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 1641 days ago

Looks great, nice job!

-- Mark,

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#7 posted 1641 days ago

Very nice bench! Those dovetails are the mark of a craftsman and tell those who visit the you have “mad” skills. I’m hoping that someday some bowling alley maple make it my way.
Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 1641 days ago

I like the images of the big bolted dove tail leg. Built to last!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#9 posted 1641 days ago

Nice looking bench! Had a friend that used old bowling alley lane for a bench top. He didn’t remove the nails or finish, to much work. Then complained every time he hit a nail or work slid. We laughed at him, a lot actually.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#10 posted 1641 days ago

Looks really nice! I need to make a top like that, always working on my bench too, never done. Looks great.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#11 posted 1641 days ago

Hat off to you and PurpLev on your bowling alley benches. This bench looks really solid and should serve you and all future projects wonderfully. It appear that you made the legs in a knock down style mean this can be taken apart and moved in pieces. If so that a super convenience to have up the road. Well enjoy your new shop partner looking forward to future projects…Blkcherry

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#12 posted 1641 days ago

Great looking bench.

Thanks for sharing

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

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#13 posted 1641 days ago

Very nice job! Built to last!

-- Rick

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#14 posted 1641 days ago

Now that looks solid!

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#15 posted 1641 days ago

congrats on the new bench and enjoy making new projects on it


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