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Project by Michael posted 10-26-2010 06:50 PM 3290 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For those of you not familiar with PSL and LVL its a highly engineered composite thats typically used in the place of steel I beams or other areas in building construction where a high load carrying capacity is needed. Both composites have a higher stress rating than solid sawn lumber. Anyways back to the table, the legs are made of PSL and measure around 3 1/8” x 3.5”. Next the top is LVL and is around 1.75” thick. The bottom cabinet space is made of birch plywood and some cheap (junk) pine plywood for the drawer components. The drawer fronts are old red oak barn boards I found around the farm (yes the off color one is rotted some). The thing is mostly put together using motise and tennon joinery but there are some sliding dovetails and rabbits also. I’ve been using this thing since June so it does look a little worn in the pictures. I topped it off with 4 coats of poly. Feel free to comment!

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang





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Cory

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#1 posted 10-26-2010 07:05 PM

Looks awesome. Where/how did you get your LVL and PSL?

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#2 posted 10-26-2010 08:36 PM

What a great bench.
It looks really heavy.
What does it weigh, any idea?

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Michael

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 10:26 PM

I got the LVL and PSL from leftovers from my a friends thesis work. How much does it weigh? Geeze, I’d say around 250. I know you dont want to try to handle it alone!

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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JasonD

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#4 posted 10-26-2010 10:39 PM

Great looking bench.

I do have a question about the finish though. It seems like 4 coats of poly would lead to the top being a bit too slick; making some work holding tasks more difficult.

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Kent Shepherd

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#5 posted 10-26-2010 11:24 PM

Looks like it should stand up to anything

Thanks for showing it to us

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TheGravedigger

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#6 posted 10-26-2010 11:30 PM

How hard is that stuff on your blades & bits?

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srdesign

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#7 posted 10-27-2010 01:36 AM

I know you can get LVL from most major building supplie houses like 84 lumber but most home centers do not carry it. Also if you look in at Popular woodworking mag. they just did apeice on an LVL bench. But, I do agree it looks great and I’m sure it will give you years of service nice work.

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 02:29 AM

That’s a nice bench! A big heavy monster of a bench too! What a great solid surface to work on.

Paul

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#9 posted 10-27-2010 02:02 PM

this is one awesome, beefy, very versitile workbench. Nice

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#10 posted 10-27-2010 02:09 PM

That is a great heavy looking workbench and I wish that I had it in my shop.

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#11 posted 10-28-2010 06:58 AM

Looks like the vise screws are wood. Is there any specific system or method you used for making them? The bench looks great and ready to work. I really like it.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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Michael

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#12 posted 10-28-2010 11:32 PM

LVL isnt bad at all on bits and blades when you knick it. This LVL is made from poplar. It is a slick working surface however I bought a rubber shower rug from walmart to lay on top of it when i need to hold a piece steady for sanding or whatnot, works good for $5. The end vise has a wooden screw, but when i went to make the screw for the shoulder vise my threader broke so I made it from a piece of 1 1/4” all thread.

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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childress

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#13 posted 10-30-2010 01:32 AM

Very cool.

I’d say more of an engineered wood than composite….When I saw the title, I was thinking of something like composite decking material… Very different stuff.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#14 posted 10-30-2010 01:35 AM

Nice looking workbench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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edm14

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#15 posted 02-21-2011 04:16 PM

Awesome, If I can locate some of the material I think I should make one for my shop.

-- "I CUT IT TWICE AND IT'S STILL TOO SHORT!!"

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