WORK Bench - kinda different - Love it.

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Project by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 05-18-2013 03:33 PM 2719 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few days ago I posted photos of my new TOOL bench.

My old WORK bench was just too big for the new garage-shop, so I made this.

I really like it.

Just took an old desk I got at Habitat for Humanity, raised it up on milled 2×4’s. Glued a layer of ¾ plywood on top and then covered top in hardboard.

Fitted the wood vice, drilled the dog holes and made a saw blade storage section in the deep drawer.

It is right behind my Unisaw, so I keep all the goodies for the saw right behind me……… real handy.

The “gentle” woodworkers on TV gave me the idea of tacking the sanding pads to the end. That also works great.

When gluing, finishing, etc, I lay a piece of hardboard white-up on the top of the table. Works great.

And, in the back there is plenty of room for me sitting on a high stool……..opening runs the entire width of the bench. Great.

I have a retractable power cord mounted on the ceiling and plugged into one of the overhead garage door electrical outlets. The cord drops right down onto the table. LOVE THAT.

I keep telling my self I should stain the legs to match the table, but that little project will never make it to the top of the “do” list.

$ 10 for the desk
$ 10 for the 2×4’s
$15 for ½ sheet of plywood
$10 for the hardboard
$ 11 for the wood vice (school district surplus on-line auction)

Total 50-60 bucks.

Best……….. Bruce

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#1 posted 05-18-2013 03:40 PM

Very creative nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-18-2013 03:47 PM

Nice conversion… Sure it will serve you well :)

-- Dan

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#3 posted 05-18-2013 05:32 PM

very nice,great the saw blade till.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 05-18-2013 07:38 PM

Cool conversion for sure.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#5 posted 05-19-2013 12:55 AM

Great use of repouropsed material …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 05-19-2013 01:28 AM

way to repurpose…How’d you attach the legs? Is it solid?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 05-19-2013 02:09 AM

Ben, it is VERY solid. Absolutely no rock or sway or wiggle at all.

I just milled the 2×4’s to fit snugly around the entire side of each leg, and then glued and screwed the milled lumber into the existing legs.

Easy Peasy.

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#8 posted 05-19-2013 02:37 PM

Mighty fine, Bruce…...Your shop is shaping up nicely…...You’re gonna like that new Unisaw….I’ve had mine for about 3 years, and this thing is a beast at 5 hp….....Enjoy your new toys, and keep making the sawdust….

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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