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Peter Oxley

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1631 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: workbench opinion

I’ve always wanted to build my own really nice workbench based on the Shaker style benches, but the price on this bench may be too good to pass up. What do you think?
Sjoberg Nordic Plus 1450

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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1631 days ago

Wow
Grab it, it’s a steel.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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gbvinc

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#2 posted 1631 days ago

Peter… won’t last long…better grab it. That seems to be a good buy! (To bad I’m in AZ right now, would be a race ;-) )

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John Ormsby

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#3 posted 1631 days ago

These types of deals must be jumped on immediately! They are usually gone within a few hours of the listing.

For example: I have been looking for a 32’ extension ladder on craigslist. I decided to take a quick look at craigslist last Saturday afternoon. A ladder had just appeared that fit the bill. I was the first caller and was at their house no more than 1 hour after they had listed it. It was a very good deal.

Good luck

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 1631 days ago

It’s a steal based on what they sell for new. Having said that, I think they are really overpriced in the first place.

I think $200 is too good to pass up for the top and the cabinet. My complaint is that the legs on these benches are kind of flimsy, but it should be easy enough to beef it up.

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

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Raspar

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#5 posted 1631 days ago

Jim said it, WOW I would definitely grab that if you can…

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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Peter Oxley

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#6 posted 1631 days ago

Hey guys, thanks for your feedback. I agree 100%. But I got to looking at my shop, and I would have to get rid of some other workspace to make a place for this bench, and this bench doesn’t have enough work surface to make up for what I would loose. So I would just be buying it to resell, and I’d rather let some other woodworker get a good deal.

Thanks again for your input!

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WayneC

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#7 posted 1615 days ago

Did you get it?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Peter Oxley

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#8 posted 1607 days ago

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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bigike

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#9 posted 1607 days ago

any tools your gonna get rid of make room please let us know? Me i would get alot of wood for that price and do my own that way it will have everything i want and then some plus cuz i’m a lefty and i know that bench is made for a righty.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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bigike

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#10 posted 1607 days ago

i just saw there’s a guy selling a bench on ebay for $400 starting bid t’s a grizzly though?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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gbvinc

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#11 posted 1607 days ago

So Peter, what kind of bench are you going to build?

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Peter Oxley

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#12 posted 1607 days ago

bigike, this bench can be setup for left or right – the vises can be moved to either end. I might be selling some items, and if I do, I’ll be sure to offer them to LJs first. Some of the Grizzly benches are nice, I guess it would depend on which model it is.

gbvinc, I’m planning to build a bench based on the Shaker style benches with a few modifications. The Shaker benches usually have cabinets that come all the way to the underside of the worktop, and I’m going to leave a space. I’m also going to put a sliding deadman on it which is completely not authentic. I haven’t settled on the vises yet, but I’m willing to abandon authenticity for function. The top and the legs will be hickory (very hard and fairly inexpensive) and the cabinet will probably be paintgrade (although I might make them hickory as well). I may begin doing some off-site demos, in which case I will also need a workbench that is portable. I’m trying to wrap my head around how to make it heavy enough to use and light enough to transport. You said you were going to make a new-fangled bench – the John White style?

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gbvinc

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#13 posted 1607 days ago

Peter: Yes, based upon the John White article, but not exactly the same. Have to put my own twist on it. :-)

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Eduardo Rodriguez

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#14 posted 1603 days ago

Peter I have plenty workbenches plans and photos. Let me know if you need it.

-- Tempus fugit...better work wood!!!

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