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Topic tags/keywords: old workbench reconditioned

For your consideration: took a 100+ year old used bench that had been much negelected and abused and reconditoned it. Removed paint, grim, caulk, epoxy, grease and oil. Top was reglued, through bolted and leveled. Vices rebuilt and squared up with larger handles added. Now on to a better base, probably maple (not the present pine) and then something to make it mobile. More to follow in the coming months. Thanks for viewing!

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#1 posted 410 days ago

What a beauty.

I enjoy those old tail vises, aesthetically.


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#2 posted 410 days ago

Indeed, but what a pain to dismantle and rebuild.

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#3 posted 410 days ago

That was a job well done. When are we gonna see the finished base?


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#4 posted 409 days ago

It looks like it’s coming along fine. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 409 days ago

Awesome that your bringing it back to life!

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#6 posted 409 days ago

Great job bringing it back. Looking forward to seeing it on the new base.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#7 posted 409 days ago

@UJB—Knowing what this bench top looked like before started restoring it makes me really appreciate the effort put in to this amazing turnaround so far. Thanks for saving the bench and putting it back to work. You might want to post this on the Show the Restoration Before and After topic as well.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#8 posted 409 days ago

Wonderful job!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#9 posted 395 days ago

Have started on the base. Lower portion is assembled. Many thanks to Mr. Swiger for masterful design and machining. The draw tenons have been glued up and the upper bench supports are next. Then on to the stringers, then to add an apron or skirt and then a sliding deadman.

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#10 posted 395 days ago

Not sure how to post this on the Restoration before and after but I’ll work on it for upcoming posts. Thanks for viewing!

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#11 posted 395 days ago

Nice job.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#12 posted 395 days ago

It sounds like it’s coming along. Just please don’t tell us it’s going to become a restaurant condiment stand or a department store underwear display.

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#13 posted 395 days ago

Dakkar, OK you busted me. It was going to go into a local whole foods co-op as a counter where they could serve sandwiches, or slice up some crusty rustico bread along with some extra virgin oilive oil, etc. but now maybe I’ll just have keep it in the work shop and actually do some wood working projects on it.

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#14 posted 395 days ago

Great save….. enjoy getting the next 100 years of service out of it.

Wood is amazing!

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#15 posted 317 days ago

Latest addition to the bench remake. A jackboard which slides on the upper rail as the guide and the rests on the face the lower rail. Now on to the apron and some dovetail joints

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