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Project by Jim posted 01-04-2011 04:00 AM 5324 views 12 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Caught a Woodcraft sale on Maple tops then built a base and drawer system into it. Drawers were out of a discard pile from a nearby house being built; buyer didn’t like the layout so they pitched the whole island; good timing on driving by! Base constructed of SYP and plywood with quick release vise for now. Replaced drawer slides with full-extension heavy duty units. Recently retired from the Air Force – first time I’ve been able to have a REAL workbench and I’m looking forward to putting it to good use! Thanks for looking – Jim.

-- Jim

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#1 posted 01-04-2011 04:03 AM

Nice bench and nice shop floors!

-- rob, ont,canada

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 04:12 AM

Thanks – the floor was a second-hand batch of laminate – low investment and not much emotional investment other than the labor to install it!

-- Jim

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 04:14 AM

That bench is almost to pretty to use! What a great find on those drawers.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 04:15 AM

Nice looking workbench!

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 04:23 AM

Wonderful looking bench!

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#6 posted 01-04-2011 04:38 AM

Jim, You have put Your self together a fantastic work horse for the shop ! Sounds like You scored some great finds to make this bench stand out from the average one and I really like the idea of making use of other peoples junk !!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#7 posted 01-04-2011 04:45 AM

Ok, I need to find your source for drawers! Seriously a great addition to the workbench!

-- Richard, Georgia

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#8 posted 01-04-2011 05:15 AM

That is a great looking bench. Congratulations.

I’m a little surprised that you did not put on an end vice. Maybe that is in the plans for the future.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 01-04-2011 05:25 AM

yup, plan to install one when I have time to come up for air with all of the other projects on the list – first I have to clear the “honey-do” list in the house… :-)

-- Jim

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#10 posted 01-04-2011 06:06 AM

WOW!!! I want one.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#11 posted 01-04-2011 07:16 AM

Great work bench and congrats on the drawers

-- Norman

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#12 posted 01-04-2011 09:47 AM

i´m sure there is a wice wating around the corner you can fall over ….LOL

well done
I don´t know how your floor is but I had truobble years back with such a floor
when the chips and dust was on it I always thought I was on the ice with skates under me
not a pretty look…. :-0


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#13 posted 01-04-2011 12:02 PM

WHAT A BEAST! I would love to have one of these. Well done and Congrats on retiring, enjoy many years of making saw dust!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 01-04-2011 02:31 PM

Wonderful bench, looks sturdy and like it will last a lifetime.
I’m sure it will give you plenty of wonderful hours in your retirement.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 01-04-2011 04:28 PM

Fantastic bench Jim. A great addition to what already looks like a well organized and well outfitted shop. I don’t mean to be a smart Alec here, but since you are able to work on the bench from both sides, it might have been convenient to have the drawers open from both sides?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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