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Project by Don Broussard posted 04-08-2012 04:02 AM 5046 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am pretty satisfied with this project, built entirely out of pressure treated lumber salvaged from a porch demolished by Hurricane Gustav in 2008. I posted some lessons learned in the forum earlier.

Although this bench has not made an appearance in the Workbench Smackdown until now, I added the tag “smack down” to make it part of the workbenches tagged for easy locating. Hope it helps someone.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!





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SamuelP

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#1 posted 04-08-2012 10:13 AM

Very nice. Thanks for posting.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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jaykaypur

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#2 posted 04-08-2012 01:04 PM

Nice work bench. I bet there is very little movement in that!

Man thats a heavy duty bench.

Just makes me wanna pound something on it. LOL

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Gabe C.

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#3 posted 04-08-2012 01:05 PM

Great job recycling the lumber! Could you post a link to the forum posts? I’m always up for learning something new.
Looks like a good, sturdy table! Thanks for posting.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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Don Broussard

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#4 posted 04-08-2012 01:16 PM

Thanks for the kind comments.

@Gabe—Here’s the link to the forum posts: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/36418

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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nuttree

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#5 posted 04-08-2012 03:28 PM

I love the ideaology of recycle, reuse, repurpose. Excellent work my friend.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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vakman

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#6 posted 04-08-2012 04:05 PM

Excellent job giving new life to this material.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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doncutlip

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#7 posted 04-08-2012 09:15 PM

Looks massive and sturdy, that one should work out just great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Enoelf

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#8 posted 04-09-2012 01:22 PM

It does look massive and heavy. I like the idea of using reclaimed lumber also.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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GrandpaLen

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#9 posted 04-09-2012 03:29 PM

Don,

Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

Nice save on the lumber. Great build with the save. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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canadianchips

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#10 posted 04-13-2012 01:49 PM

Good solid looking bench, I particularly like the RE-USE of materials. GOOD JOB !

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

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BobLoblaw

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#11 posted 07-19-2012 05:14 AM

Great (re)use of available resources. Your bench looks great & should last a good, long time. I do hope that you wore a good respirator when you milled all the pressure treated stock- that stuff can’t be good for your lungs!

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Don Broussard

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#12 posted 07-19-2012 01:40 PM

@BobLoblaw—Thanks for the nice compliment. I didn’t use any screws in the table, and only the top is glued. The other joinery is pegged but not draw bored. I did use a dust mask when I milled the PT lumber. I flattened the top with my hand planes so I didn’t generate dust. I still haven’t installed any vises but I am expecting delivery of my WonderPup and holdfasts today. Without vises, it’s really just a work table.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Don Broussard

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#13 posted 07-20-2012 11:55 PM

UPDATE—I got my WonderDog and hold fasts from Woodcraft yesterday. I drilled the 3/4” holes in the top (8” center to center spacing) and 3 in each of the front legs today. Now it’s officially no longer just a work table—it’s a real work bench!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Don Broussard

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#14 posted 07-21-2012 02:40 PM

A few pictures of the bench’s new look:

I have the hold fasts stored in one of the legs and the WonderDog mounted on the bench top.

I still need a leg vise from clamping things like wide boards for planing edges.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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whitewulf

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#15 posted 10-29-2012 01:20 AM

That is one massive bench, it will outlast us all!!
I salute the choice to recycle your materials.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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