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Project by awlee posted 465 days ago 2271 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This workbench began as a salvage from a dumpster. I found an old maple top, very beat up, pits and gouges everywhere, cupped from side to side and slightly bowed from front to back, ragged edges, and a good candidate for firewood. I could see why it was on the garbage heap. But NO! “I can make that workbench I’ve always wanted,” says I, “and cheaply!” So I dragged it home, ripped it and rejoined the good pieces, planed and sanded it (for what seemed like days), and got it into decent shape. Top is now about 6×3, a bit wider than most benches but very good for me. Built a base made of fir, wrapped the top in ash, and added ash slats for a lower shelf. Installed an old Columbian vise that I picked up some years back at a yard sale (for $2—I still get a thrill from that), and mortised the corner of the table so that the back jaw of the vise sits flush with the bench face. Stained the base with a dark gel stain in an effort to highlight the maple top and make the base look “earthy,” though it looks more like a goofy gel stain job. Finished the top with several coats of danish oil. And then added a board jack on runners. The whole thing now serves as my main bench, and as many other have remarked of their benches, I can’t believe I ever worked without a proper one. Thanks for looking.





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waho6o9

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#1 posted 465 days ago

Good job Awlee!

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Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 465 days ago

Cool project, well done

-- Bob A in NJ

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 465 days ago

That turned out darn nice! 3’ isn’t wide, mine is 4×12 and I use every inch of it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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cajunpen

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#4 posted 465 days ago

Very nice AND cheap. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Rick M.

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#5 posted 465 days ago

Very well done and thrifty too! I was thinking, it just needs a deadman… then saw pic #2.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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JoeinGa

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#6 posted 464 days ago

Very simple… EXTREEMLY USEFUL… And the price was fantastic!

What more could a man need?

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Robsshop

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#7 posted 464 days ago

Who can’t appreciate Dumpster diving when You see a project like this ! Awesome save and nice design, like the board jack as well !

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

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sgmdwk

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#8 posted 464 days ago

I have to start checking in dumpsters.

-- Dave K.

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nobuckle

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#9 posted 464 days ago

Sweet! You can’t beat that with a stick. Looks really good.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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gsimon

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#10 posted 464 days ago

great bench – nice save!
i made my bench from old oak door frames from a school or hospital

-- Greg Simon

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Fishinbo

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#11 posted 462 days ago

Great work on that workbench. Looks really good and can’t imagine from the dumpster. Great find and save. It should get plenty of use.

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awlee

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#12 posted 457 days ago

Thanks, all, for all the comments. I was never a dumpster diver before, but now . . . whoa! (And salvaging is better for the landfills.)

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iamcliff

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#13 posted 450 days ago

Very cool.

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#14 posted 232 days ago

Salvage and repurpose job done well. This looks very solid. How long did this project take to complete?

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awlee

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#15 posted 224 days ago

Thanks for the good feedback. To answer your question, Laketrout36, it took me a couple of weeks to complete. The longest part: it took days to try to get the top into some sort of shape. Working on the top took as much time as milling and joining and finishing all of the other parts. I must not have done a decent enough job of glue-up because I’m now noticing a very slight shift in level between the two big halves of the table. Still works, though.

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