Work Bench

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Project by Bagtown posted 02-25-2012 01:48 AM 2004 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I’ve been cleaning up the shop and finally finished this today.
Not much cost into this one. I’ve had the vise for 15+ years so the cost of it doesn’t count. I might have $30.00 into this. If you look at the base you’ll see odd mortises and holes in random places. That’s because the 1 1/8” thick maple is more recycled bunk beds from the local university. The top is made from two tabletops from the university cafeteria. The tables were rectangular so I ripped them down the middle and joined the pieces end to end with a scarf joint. I did that with both tables so that I had two long pieces and I screwed these to a sheet of 3/4” plywood so that I wood have a little more thickness and I could have a bottom to the tray in the middle. When I was going to put a skirt board around the whole thing I looked and didn’t see anything suitable in my lumber pile, so I went to the local Lumberyard. I asked how much for 3 pieces of 1×4 maple 8 feet long each. They quoted me $86 and change…
So when I got home I looked a little harder in the shop and found some short pieces for the ends of the bench that were once ladders for, you guessed it, recycled bunk beds. lol. And to skirt the sides I ripped a maple board that I had been saving to make a canoe paddle.
Finish is BLO, Turps, and Beeswax.

All in all, I really pleased with this. I spent the afternoon at this bench sharpening planes and chisels, while listening/watching the wood whisperer on my ipad.

Thanks for looking,


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#1 posted 02-25-2012 02:07 AM

Now that’s a proper workbench, nice job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 02:51 AM

Super looking bench.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 02-25-2012 05:33 AM

Nice bench, the price was certainly right. I would like to have a source for reclaimed maple! Nice work.

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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#4 posted 02-25-2012 12:40 PM

Excellent use of recycled materials. Good eye to spot and use the materials for different applications.

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

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#5 posted 02-25-2012 01:36 PM

That’s a nicely done work bench and will serve you well.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#6 posted 02-25-2012 06:31 PM

Great bench, I hope you get many projects done from it.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 03-04-2012 01:19 PM

Wonderful bench, wonderful light – that is perfect setup for working wood.
Nice work, it looks dead solid and elegant.
Best thoughts,

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

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