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Forum topic by Joel_B posted 01-08-2016 04:05 AM 1011 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2016 04:05 AM

I have been using our old oblong kitchen table as a workbench the past few years.
My vises are Jorgensen hand screw clamps. Everytime I thought about a workbench I couldn’t afford one already made and making one myself while was intriguing would take a long long time and its very difficult to find descent wood for a reasonable price. I don’t know why but I happened to be looking Craig’s List and found something. The asking price was $500 for a workbench that sells new for $1400 plus $200 shipping. I immediately sent an email asking if I could come look at it. The seller told me somebody was already coming that day and would let me know if they decided not to buy it. I figured the odds were slim that they would not buy it. Later that day he sent me an email saying that the other guy had postponed until the next day. I made arrangements to go after work to see it.
I drove 50 miles each way in heavy rain and ended up taking it home. I am not sure if I should try refinishing it or just leave as is. There are two objects that came with it that I don’t know what they are, looks like some sort of fence.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#1 posted 01-08-2016 04:08 AM

Nice bench Joel congrats !

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#2 posted 01-08-2016 04:16 AM

Great bench, dont refinish, if some bare wood just give it a light wipe of BLO and go to work. Thats why they call it a work bench!!!! I made one similar and made a cabinet to sit on the lower rails, left side I put 4 drawers right side a door with 3 slide out shelves. Enjoy

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#3 posted 01-08-2016 04:29 AM

Nice bench, not enough drawers for me. ROFL

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#4 posted 01-08-2016 04:36 AM

It’ll do some work.

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#5 posted 01-08-2016 06:00 AM

Nice workbench and great score. As others have said, fit some storage under that bench. It does three things, adds storage for your most used tools for the workbench (always needed), adds mass below the top and by adding a rigid cabinet between the legs, it adds support to prevent racking of the legs. The way the stringers are joined between the legs, a threaded rod and maybe some dowels, is not the strongest over time not to mention, the stringers are a little narrow. The legs get wobbly over time and use. I have seen it on Sojbers and Rockler work benches of the same design.
Also, those mystery items look like edge guides. The one without the wood looks similar to the edge guide that came with my older(8+ years old) 3hp plunge router by Hitachi..

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#6 posted 01-08-2016 07:07 AM

As posted above, that is similar to the one I made, but a layered top. Everything Who Me said is correct, and I concur with all he said. Mine was a design from one of the WW magazines and had the option of a lower cabinet. It added convenient storage, added lower mass/weight. The cabinet that I did is not permanently attached, so it adds no structure support, I did it for that reason for ease of moving the bench. I rented at the time and by having it just sitting on the rails, it could be lifted out as a single piece, and then break down the bench. Unbolt the top, and if I had to unbolt the frame/legs.
I would suggest making a cabinet for below, if not for any support, just for lower mass and storage.
You did good for that price, new those 2 vices are close to what you paid for that bench.

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#7 posted 01-08-2016 01:30 PM

That looks exactly like the bench I picked up a couple of years ago (off CL as well), basically like one from Rockler. I paid $250. I was the first caller and the guy said ‘I guess I should have asked more – I had ten calls right after yours.’ He lost his storage space and stuff had to go.

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#8 posted 01-08-2016 01:38 PM

Re: “legs get wobbly” remark… can’t the hardware be retightened when this happens? I took a tip from a Shopsmith plan a few years ago and used bolts and barrel nuts to assemble a small rolling workbench. I pound the hell out of this bench so things do eventually loosen a bit. Two minutes with a ratchet wrench and things are once again as tight as I made them in the original build. I’m raising this question because I’m on the cusp of building a clone of the above and have planned to repeat my use of bolts and barrel nuts. This is a mistake?

Hey nice bench, btw. But damn you Cali guys and your uninsulated garage doors! :) Greetings, from the shadow of the polar vortex.

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#9 posted 01-08-2016 03:26 PM

Good idea on the drawers – future project

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#10 posted 01-08-2016 05:15 PM

Damn nice bench!!! You are going to really enjoy that and wonder how you ever got along without one. And in my opinion you stole it. Way back in the early 1970s I built the Tage Fried Danish workbench from drawings in a early Fine Woodworking magazine and I love it. As I recall, the beech lumber I used came to more then $250 at that time which, accounting for inflation, is probably more than what you paid. I couldn’t do without it!


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#11 posted 01-08-2016 05:32 PM

You came out nicely. Do you know who made it?

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 01-08-2016 05:36 PM

Its Hoffman and Hammer sold by Highland Woodworking.
I think its going to take a while to sink in how useful this is going to be.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#13 posted 01-08-2016 08:36 PM

I have noticed that this is probably a good time to look for deals.
I buy and sell quite a bit on Ebay and have noticed stuff just isn’t selling or selling for really low bids.
With the recent dive in the stock market I think people are thinking twice about spending money, me included.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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