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04-11-2016 02:01 AM

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Hi LJ’s,

Just scored three pieces of bowling alley lane. One is 30” by 42”, the second is 12” by 8’ 3.5”, and the third is 42.5” by 60”. They were simply given to me by my neighbors son who no longer wanted/needed them. I must admit that the third one is heavier than my first girl friend! WOW! I am planning on making a couple of work benches out of the first and third, but have not decided what to do with the long narrow one. Maybe a sitting bench or a bar. Any ideas you could share would be cool.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

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#1 posted 04-13-2016 12:05 PM

It will make a nice work bench just be aware it is all put together with nails so if you plan on drilling holes for dogs and hooks, its a major PITA (how do I know that?)

The nails seem to be hardened and will tear a drill bit to pieces.

If I had it to do over again, I would have taken all the strips apart, removed the nails, and then glued everything back together – at least in first 6-8’ from the front or the areas I would be drilling into.

I would also have mounted the front vise closer to the left end.

Good luck!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#2 posted 04-14-2016 08:40 PM

This is great advice. Very good to know. I did notice some nails in the ends, but hadn’t really put two and two together that they would be throughout. Your suggestion about taking it apart first would be a lot of work, but would pay dividends in the long run. Thank you so much for the response. By the way, your bench looks amazing. I hope mine turns out just as nice.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

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