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Project by RockyBlue posted 12-01-2011 04:47 AM 5109 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been needing a bigger outfeed table for my powermatic, and also needed a better workbench with a nice top. Not having the spare time to build “shop furniture”, I decided to purchase 2 Harbor freight benches and marry them. Oh it was a beautiful ceremony indeed and they make a cute couple don’t they? I had to move the front vise on one bench to the opposite end and corner. I made oak rails to mate the legs and added 6 adjustable feet to level the whole thing to my saw. I screwed the tops together also. These benches are very solid and sturdy, especially when doubled. And at $127 each , its better than being jabbed in the eye with a sharp stick. I leveled the bench to be 3/4” below the saw so I can use a 4×6 sheet of malamine as an outfeed table, or remove it to expose a nice clean work surface. It works for me and is better than the other table I built from scraps. I still need to cut the miter slots in the top sheet, and it can be clamped against the saw with the 2 face vises if it moves too much, which it hasn’t yet.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com





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psh

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#1 posted 12-01-2011 05:19 AM

Very clever, I’m impressed!

-- Peter, Central VA

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#2 posted 12-01-2011 05:54 AM

Great idea and it does work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 12-01-2011 10:08 AM

Nice work. multi uses.

-- 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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jackthelab

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#4 posted 12-01-2011 03:05 PM

Excellent idea. Nicely done!

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#5 posted 12-01-2011 05:40 PM

That is a great cost effective solution. Are the drawers half way decent?

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 12-01-2011 06:15 PM

Give it a week and that couple will start fighting about who’s on which side;) Nice solution!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 12-01-2011 07:59 PM

A very good use of HF stuff.

-- Chris K

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#8 posted 12-01-2011 09:52 PM

Looks great, I think it was a good idea, plus it sounds easy and pretty cost effective at that price. Well done.

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BigTall

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#9 posted 12-01-2011 10:59 PM

Awesome, looks like i have a way to save space when i build a shop of my own

-- -Kyle, New Jersey, Novice Craftsman

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#10 posted 12-01-2011 11:54 PM

This is a great idea, and at a nice price too. I might have to look at getting one of these benches. Looks like they’re on-sale right now for $159.99 (not including shipping, which is a big chunk extra since it’s oversized). I’ve got a HF close by though, so if I get it, I’ll just pick it up at the store. Now I just need to find a 20% off coupon.

I’m also curious about the quality of the drawers/slides. I wouldn’t expect too much at this price, but I don’t want to have to fight with them every time I try to open or close one.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#11 posted 12-02-2011 12:03 AM

Its seems they are always on “sale” for 159. You can find a 20% coupon in most offroad, dirtbike,woodworking magazines. The drawer slides are good enough, but I wish they were full extension. The drawer faces and backs are solid wood, but the sides are particle board. It would be very easy to make new sides and upgrade to better slides if a guy wanted. I am leaving them as is for now, and will build a full chest of drawers for each unit when I get time. At that point I will remove the existing drawer unit.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com

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#12 posted 12-02-2011 12:12 AM

looks like a winner except what do you do when you have the benches full of tools and projects and then you need to make a cut on the saw? Bummer. Real nice saw though.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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Jonathan

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#13 posted 12-02-2011 12:57 AM

Thanks for the candid review of the drawers, it’s appreciated.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 12-02-2011 01:14 AM

......and right now you got a bunch of drawers you can use for little money. Sounds like a good plan.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 12-02-2011 01:21 AM

Nice work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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