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Forum topic by Sandra posted 12-19-2012 02:34 PM 1571 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2012 02:34 PM

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This ad caught my attention this morning. Looks like it may be quality stuff.

Currently I have a countertop as my workbench. I’m not looking to buy any power tools, but I called the gentleman, and he has a Stanley plane and other hand tools. I’m going there this afternoon, but was hoping for some thoughts on the workbench.


I have a few items I am placing on here for sale! Photos of items will be in order.

1. King Country Drill Press, used very little.

2. Coping Saw, NEW, NEVER USED, bench style

3. Router with stand, NEW, NEVER USED, also have 3 boxes of router bits to go along with it

4. Handmade hardwood work bench with 2 vice grips and 2 drawers, excellent condition, very nice work bench

5. Brandy dust control fan intake (purchased at Lee Valley) NO PHOTO

6. 60 feet exhaust pipe system with all the fillings (also purchased at Lee Valley) NO PHOTO

Also several files, planes and rasps, BRAND NEW. Will sell as a package for $2500.00, if you are looking to purchase individually, please call for individual prices on the items. All of the above items for sale are either BRAND NEW, or have been used VERY LITTLE.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 12-19-2012 02:39 PM

If I had the money I’d be very interested! That much equipment, with ducting and a sweet bench like that is at least worth a visit.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 12-19-2012 02:39 PM

I wouldn’t have a clue what to offer for the bench…

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 12-19-2012 02:42 PM

That is a pretty nice bench. I think offering anything less than 500.00 would be a little insulting, but he is willing to let EVERYTHING go for 2500.00, so you may get a sweet deal.


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#4 posted 12-19-2012 02:45 PM

The workbench is absolutely awesome. I love the shoulder vice and even the bluish milk paint look of the base. Hard to value something like that, however.

I will say that edge working most boards would be okay, but longer boards should have some sort of deadman or benchdog support for the opposite end. The advantage to a shoulder vice is its clamping pressure and its throat size, so it might be okay in that regard…but I’d want support of the opposite end if I built my own bench, regardless of the vice main vice, whether front, leg, shoulder, or otherwise.

-- jay,

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 02:46 PM

looks to be a good bench anyway
the rest you may or not need
and as far as the price goes

only your hairdresser knows for sure

from what i gather from other posts
things are different there in canada
and may not have as much choice
as here in the states

now that you are a lumberjocket
spotting good tools should be easier

good luck in this
might be a great idea
as you want to have a working shop
before the world ends tomorrow

if not they will be a good christmas present to self
and a good way to start the new year

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 12-19-2012 02:52 PM

From what I saw I would not pay $2500 The power tools could be replaced for $600-$800 the bench is worth from $350-$600.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 12-19-2012 03:10 PM

Thanks gents,

We’re in full snowstorm mode at the moment, so looks like the spot in the garage where the snowmobile has been will be free very very soon. Hoping the roads are plowed later today, and I’ll go look at the bench.

Thinking of making an offer for at least the bench and the Stanley hand plane.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#8 posted 12-19-2012 03:23 PM

Looks like a nice setup. Worth going after.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 12-19-2012 03:42 PM

I agree with Jim. The $2500 package price seems very high unless the “files, planes and rasps” have a lot of value. It is a nice bench. If you built it yourself the materials would probably be more than $600 – but you could avoid the blue paint. -Jack

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#10 posted 12-19-2012 04:24 PM

Sandra, I agree. $2500. is quite a bit for what he seems to have.
I’d guess it’s being sold by someones relatives or something like that.
The fact that they list the coping saw as a separate item tells me either they think a coping saw is worth lots or they don’t know what a coping saw is. I just looked again, they think the scrollsaw is a coping saw I bet. And they call the vises “vice grips” tells me the seller is not a woodworker and has either picked this package up themselves for a lot cheaper or it’s from a dead relative. Either way I think they have unreasonable expectations pricewise.
All that being said, that is a nice looking bench.
Just remember, the older you get the more you realise that there’s always another deal to be had next week.
Decide on what you think it’s worth, set your price, and be willing to walk away if they won’t drop to your price.

it is a nice looking bench though. . . . :)


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#11 posted 12-19-2012 06:17 PM

That’s a nice looking bench but the price seems high to me. You might take a look at Grizzy’s work benches.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 12-19-2012 06:33 PM

Thanks folks

Mike – I agree, when I saw the picture I figured there was some confusion. The pictures also show a very bare, very clean shop.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#13 posted 12-19-2012 08:23 PM

You’re pretty sharp there Mike… I just wasn’t sure if the terminology was different in Canada. I visited our friend Jack in Shidiac this past summer and we talked tools in his shop with no problems. I’m willing to bet your on the money Mike.

Sandra, that is a nice bench and I would think Jim is on target. Jay does make a good point about working the edges. I have a sliding dead man on my bench and they come in handy. You might be able to pinch a dead man in the very nice shoulder vise. Oh, please do check for any bungy cords. If your like me, you’ll need to get hit at least 3 times to learn; it’s called learning the hard way. Glad you’re OK

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#14 posted 12-19-2012 10:23 PM

I’d say he’s asking about double what the stuff is
worth on the secondhand market.

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