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Forum topic by Damian Penney posted 01-30-2008 09:20 PM 12282 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Damian Penney

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01-30-2008 09:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench purchase

Now I know I ‘should’ just man up and build one but I’d rather spend my limited shop time building furniture so does anyone have any recommendations with regards buying a workbench.

At this point I’m eyeing the Grizzly H8110

Thoughts ?

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso


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gizmodyne

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#1 posted 01-30-2008 10:19 PM

You can buy a worktop from grizzly or woodcraft and build your own base. That is what I did.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#2 posted 01-30-2008 10:44 PM

Geeze! The price is outlandish! I got a ton of fun building all my stuff but if you’ve got the itch and can’t wait, then I’d go with Gizmo’s suggestion. Good luck and let us know what ya do.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#3 posted 01-30-2008 10:58 PM

I’m with you Damian. I want to work in the shop, not on the shop. But that is a chunk of change. I wish they would offer a second version and lower the price a couple of hundred by removing the drawers. But then again, real guys are not supposed to buy benches.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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mot

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#4 posted 01-30-2008 11:41 PM

I think it’s a hell of a bench for a grand. You can build one cheaper if you factor your time at $0. I don’t have that luxury. It’s one of the better values I’ve seen in a full feature bench like that. Let us know what you decide.

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 01-30-2008 11:50 PM

FWW didn’t like the Griz bench in their reviews. I think I’d get a top and build the bottom. You never know what you might learn. Besides, sometimes, I just have to do something for ME. Besides, you might just have some fun.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Estley

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#6 posted 01-31-2008 12:01 AM

I was going to make the same comment Thos. made about FWW last year, I believe the grizzly was not rated very well. I’ll check that issue tonight when I get home and see what was well rated for the same amount of money….

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Damian Penney

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#7 posted 01-31-2008 12:45 AM

It is pricey… all of the pre-made ones are unfortunately. There is a cheaper one with a slide out bin type thingy under it but I quite liked the drawers.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#8 posted 01-31-2008 09:33 AM

Have you seen the one at Garret Wade in the same range?

I believe it is made by Ulmia.

Also, have you seen Diefenbach benches?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Dorje

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#9 posted 01-31-2008 09:37 AM

I know of someone that may a have a similar Grizzly bench and could give you a review…I’ll PM you…

Also, here’s the link to the Workbench review in FWW (you may have already seen it…)

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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damnHippie

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#10 posted 01-31-2008 07:03 PM

Hey, yeah, I have the H7724, and it is pretty good. The drawers / doors are very reminiscent of IKEA, but the top is great and vise is nice. I presonally wouldn’t spend $900 on one, tho (felt bad enough dropping $300 on mine).

-- 10 fingers, 2 eyes, and healthy lungs. for now. :P

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#11 posted 02-01-2008 01:34 AM

Tool well is important, narrow width works when you’re doing cabinetry, shelves collect dust, drawers keep all your tools handy, height should be common to something in the shop….tablesaw, other cabinets or tool tables, and the heavier the better.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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iSawitfirst

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#12 posted 02-01-2008 04:17 AM

I bought a SJÖBERGS Nordic Plus Workbench (Woodcraft) and have enjoyed it. For less than $500 I feel its a good value. Its a little lightweight but I need that for portability.

-- The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle

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Damian Penney

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#13 posted 02-01-2008 04:21 AM

Thanks for all the input guys, much mulling to do :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#14 posted 02-02-2008 01:48 AM

Lei-Nelson makes absolutely a wonderful bench but it is expensive(like their hand planes) and takes about 6 months to get one.But it has been rated as the best by fine wood working.
I have made 2 European type like Garrett Wades Ulmia bench and I can assure you it is satisfing doing it and more so being done.This is not an easy project for anyone.The base is a snap but the tail vise is a project the first time.
But just remember you are smarter than pieces of wood and metal.

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Damian Penney

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#15 posted 02-02-2008 02:36 AM

I saw the Lie-Nielson one, very nice, and I must say I might, just might, be coming around to just building one…

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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