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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 05:19 PM

Actually, I did end up buying this bench.

After several hours I called the guy and was suprised to find out that I was the first call (he had received one email that sounded like a scam). I told him $200 seemed like a pretty low price and was he sure he wanted to sell it for that – he said he was sure, he wasn’t using it and just wanted to reclaim the space in his garage. So I told him I’d buy it. In the next three hours before I got there to pick it up, he had something like six phone calls, several of which offered him more money. When he told me that, I offered to go as high as $250 and told him there would be no hard feelings if he wanted to accept an even higher offer from someone else. He said no and sold it to me for $200. Really nice guy.

The bench is okay. I use it constantly for holding work when using both power and hand tools. But it’s a little small and way too light. I push it all over the place when I’m using a hand plane. The base isn’t stiff enough, so it wiggles a little which gives a handplane a chance to grab – that’s really irritating. The cabinet underneath is built of such lightweight material that I’m afraid to load it up with tools. But it’s convinced me that a workbench is a necessity in my shop, so instead of wanting to build my own bench I’m now planning to build my own bench.

And in keeping with my original intention of letting another woodworker have a good deal, I will sell this workbench for what I paid.

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