Any Thoughts on Sjoberg's Nordic Plus 1450 Workbench?

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Forum topic by Gatsby1923 posted 11-09-2009 12:40 AM 6998 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2009 12:40 AM

I have been planning on building a small workbench to supplement the very large bench I have in my workshop. My current bench is a massive 8ft long but lacks dog holes and no practical way to mount an end vise. I was planning something along the lines of 24”x60” with a front and end vise.

Then I got a flyer from woodcraft in the mail with this bench for $300

I don’t think I could get the materials to build a bench that cheaply. It’s not much smaller than the one I was planning BUT the one I was planning was much more mass in the legs. So to make a long story short any users of Nordic Plus Benches? And if so what do you thing of them? If I get this bench is it durable to be used for many years or will I be using it for firewood in five?

Thanks for your thoughts

Dave M

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#1 posted 11-09-2009 08:26 PM

If you are currently using a massive bench, you will probably not be happy with this bench. It is decent
for the price. You’re right, you probably wouldn’t save much, if any, building it. I guess it comes down to your expectations. I don’t know that I would want to use it, but I’m pretty picky about my tools. I have a bench I bought from Garret Wade a few years ago. It is a very good bench, but I want to build one that is much heavier.

The price is good, and the bench would be good for light weight projects, but is a little light for planing in my opinion. I have this bench in my store, so I have seen it


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#2 posted 11-09-2009 09:55 PM

I’ve been looking at benches too, and while i’m not very familiar with that model the few commercially made benches i’ve seen in the flesh (as Kent says) surprised me a bit regarding how lightly constructed they were – they look fine in the pictures.

I’m sure they work, but my take in deciding to go the DIY route was that it’s the sort of thing i’ll get one real shot at and only want to do once – so i’d better do it right.

There’s lots of plans and other good information about. The one issue i’ve not really been able to bottom in deciding a spec for mine is whether it’s worth putting loads of work into a European style wooden ‘L’ vice at the end. Right now i’m more inclined to go for a metal end vice with well faced jaws and the possibility of two or three rows of dog holes. I’m not sure that an ‘L’ vice may not be more about tradition than functional advantage… ...


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#3 posted 11-09-2009 10:05 PM

I saw one of these and was kind of shocked at how lightweight it was.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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