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Project by joeysjunk posted 1223 days ago 5396 views 7 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I was in need of a work surface for my garage workshop…and this is the result. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to salvage some bowling alley lanes from a local establishment and figured they would do the job. These lanes were pine, not the typical hard maple, and I backed them with 3/4 inch plywood for stability and wrapped them in pine trim boards. I built the stand from 6×6 glue laminated yellow pine beams and douglas fir for the stretchers. I wanted to make sure the bowling lanes was the focal point so I painted the stand satin black and added a cheap-o vise. This was my first attempt at mortise and tenon joinery, and overall I’m pretty happy with it. Now on to using it to build other projects…

-- Joey





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canadianchips

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#1 posted 1223 days ago

Where are the 5 dots. ? I used to SET pins when I was kid. We jumped over the side and set the pins up for bowlers. Single lane alley that was still operating without auto pin setter til 1998. lol
That will be a very solid work area. I would be afraid to use it, you have a very nice glossy finish on it.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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DaddyZ

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#2 posted 1223 days ago

Strike !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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ClayandNancy

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#3 posted 1223 days ago

Great looking bench. I’m looking for some wood from a bowling alley,I’ve got the base made from LVLs. Having trouble finding a bowling alley, any suggestions?

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joeysjunk

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#4 posted 1223 days ago

I just got lucky…a buddy of mine bought some stuff at the closing auction. He found out they were just going to demo the lanes, so he called me and a couple of other guys to come get what we wanted. Sorry I don’t have any big secret, just keep your ear to the ground!

-- Joey

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Sodabowski

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#5 posted 1223 days ago

There would be no way for me to build anything on this beautifully topped workbench… I’d turn it into a display table rather :p Nice score on the wood, mate!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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tnrick

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#6 posted 1223 days ago

Like Sodabowski, I’d be afraid to use it! Very nice bench!

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Dominic Vanacora

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#7 posted 1223 days ago

I recall when I purchased my top the first mark I put in it took me about an hour to fix. Well as we all know we get over it after the 30th mark. However when you have a surface like this you could just call in a refinisher and have it looking like new in no time. Great Job Great Idea. At least you have an entire lane to use.
I agree with Sodabowski this is a great conversaton piece. It would make a great table. You’ll never want to sand wood on it or even worst stop your sander on it.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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ChuckC

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#8 posted 1223 days ago

That looks great!

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Scott R. Turner

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#9 posted 1223 days ago

The black legs are quite striking (no pun intended). But I agree with the other posters that it’s almost counter-productive to have such a gorgeous workbench top!

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Splinterman

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#10 posted 1223 days ago

Hey Joey,
Now that is one cool looking bench….real nice job.

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ncdon

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#11 posted 1223 days ago

Simple, effective, beautiful, really well done.

-- Don, North Carolina,http://www.ncdon.com " A sharp blade & a tuned saw= happiness"

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NormG

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#12 posted 1223 days ago

Looks pretty sturdy to me. Great find

-- Norman

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dakremer

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#13 posted 1223 days ago

that is one bad A$$ table!! I love the “bowling lane” on top of the black frame – looks really cool!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Maveric777

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#14 posted 1223 days ago

OK… Rule number one. If you make a sweet looking work bench like that you officially dont call the garage a “Garage” any more. It officially becomes “The Shop” and you officially remove it from the family’s vocabulary…...lol… That’s just my official suggestion…..lol

All kidding aside that thing is almost to pretty to work on. You done good Joey….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Chip

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#15 posted 1223 days ago

This is way too nice to be a workbench. Wow.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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