New Workbench

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Project by Norwegian posted 09-12-2010 08:59 AM 3581 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The workbench is built of beech, but I’ve cheated a bit and bought a 40mm thick beech worktop at IKEA that I have used as a top. I have used two standard Front Vices purchased from Axminster in the UK. The bench has a coat of linseed oil.

-- Norwegian (living in Sarpsborg, Norway)

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 09:14 AM

Nice workbench great job I have always wanted to make one just don’t have room in my shop for one. Great job!

-- 2Xsurvivor joec in SoCal

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 11:45 AM

Looking solid and rugged

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 11:53 AM

Very nice!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#4 posted 09-12-2010 12:23 PM

Great looking bench! Looks super solid.

-- -- Mike

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#5 posted 09-12-2010 01:29 PM

Sure a nice workbench. Way better than my old rotted picnic table… LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#6 posted 09-12-2010 02:12 PM

If you don’t mind me asking how much was the worktop from Ikea?

-- Steve Good,

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#7 posted 09-12-2010 02:24 PM

WOW! what a clean workshop! BTW, very nice bench.

-- John from Hampstead

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#8 posted 09-13-2010 10:12 PM

Thanks for all the nice words.

Here in Norway the 246×62x4cm worktop in beech from IKEA have a price tag of US200. I suppose it will be cheaper in US.

-- Norwegian (living in Sarpsborg, Norway)

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#9 posted 09-13-2010 10:13 PM

Fantastic! Sure beats working on an old beat up desk… nice piece.

-- GX

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

I was just at IKEA and they have a whole mess of sizes available. If I remember correctly one that was about 25×36 was right at $100. Don’t quote me on that b/c Ikea has tons of things that are interfering with my memory. but it seemed quite reasonable. I think the thickness was around 1.5-2”

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#11 posted 09-14-2010 03:15 PM

That’s a great work bench. You did a very good job even if you did buy the top.

-- 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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#12 posted 10-03-2010 11:03 PM

Looks great. How did you drill the dog holes and what are you using for dogs? I am getting ready to do that on a new bench of my own (not even close to as nice as yours) and I am interested in what others are doing to drill dog holes.

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#13 posted 10-08-2010 11:58 AM

To drill the hole for the bench dogs I used a drill stand and a forstner bit.

-- Norwegian (living in Sarpsborg, Norway)

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#14 posted 06-07-2012 08:17 AM

That is a lovely work bench. Classic look. Love it.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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