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Project by KCConst posted 07-30-2013 02:28 AM 3553 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on this for a few weeks now and finally have a little time to display and discuss.
This workbench top was made of salvaged maple flooring from a local gymnasium. I pulled nails, cleaned up the faces with a planer, jointed an edge and ripped the widest width remaining. The table top is a little more than 2” thick with added thickness at the edges. I intentionally left many of the original nail holes which were stained by the iron in the nails. Dimension is +/- 87” x 36” and 27-1/2” high to be flush with the table saw.
The center trough has a hole in the bottom in which I fabricated a duct and extended with some 4” flex that can be connected to a dust collector. I’m working on a cover for the trough which will have holes creating a vacuum table of sorts and provide a smooth surface from edge to edge. I will also drill dog holes the first time I need them.
The workbench is on 6 swivel casters and can abut my table saw to serve as a left side extension. When placed next to the table saw the tops combined length is over 12’ from the vise. The base was made of 2×4 pine and a salvaged oak door. I lag bolted the 2×4’s to the door and capped the 3/4” bore with hand turned walnut plugs.
I finished the entire table with polyurethane at first but after reading through the topic here on LJ, I sanded all the poly off of the table top and hand rubbed it with Watco Danish oil. I left the trough and base in poly which helps considerably in dust removal and cleanup.
I really like nice things but I’m stuck somewhere between making a beautiful workbench/piece of art and a functional workbench that will see plenty of scars from use.

-- "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" Wooden

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 05:06 AM

Nice workbench top. I would remake the base so the legs would be flush with the front edge of the top and add a sliding deadman. I built mine with those features and it really makes a difference. My old workbench had legs like yours.

Other than that, great looking bench. I like your trough with vacuum attachment idea.

Any idea how much it weighs?

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 05:39 AM

Nice bench and a lot of work from all those pieces.
Just a thought, if you want a deadman you could use one like I put on my bench without making any alterations to the bench itself. It works just fine.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 11:44 AM

What a great bench..solid as a rock. I can see where a couple of weeks worth of work went… Excellent job and many years of working pleasure out of it….

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 01:44 PM

It’s obvious this bench is solid and will provide many years of service and see countless projects pass over it. Looks like it has enough wood in it for a few bowling lanes.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 02:30 PM

Cool bench very nice work.

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#6 posted 07-30-2013 03:44 PM

The integrated dust collection is brilliant. Now I’m kinda surprised I haven’t seen that before.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 07-30-2013 04:17 PM

Great bench!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 07-30-2013 04:50 PM

Stellar job on the build of the work bench….....Should last you for years of good use…..Thanks for posting.

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

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#9 posted 07-30-2013 09:19 PM

Pardon my skepticism but aren’t you concerned about having small tools/nails getting into the dust duct? I know myself and thats just what would happen to me!
Absolutely beautiful bench and fine craftsman ship. You should be proud.

PS You should post this in the workbench smackdown thread and put the tag smackdown on it

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 08-02-2013 10:59 PM

Hey oldfart I have though about that too. I may put a strainer of sorts if I have problems.. So far so good.

-- "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" Wooden

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