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07-06-2013 09:22 PM

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 07-06-2013 09:29 PM

What a beauty.

I enjoy those old tail vises, aesthetically.

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 02:02 PM

Indeed, but what a pain to dismantle and rebuild.

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 02:26 PM

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


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#4 posted 07-07-2013 02:47 PM

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 07-07-2013 02:48 PM

Awesome that your bringing it back to life!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#6 posted 07-07-2013 03:12 PM

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

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 07-07-2013 07:00 PM

@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 07-07-2013 07:08 PM

Wonderful job!

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

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#9 posted 07-21-2013 08:46 PM

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 07-21-2013 10:07 PM

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 07-21-2013 10:48 PM

Nice job.

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#12 posted 07-21-2013 10:55 PM

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 07-22-2013 01:40 PM

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 07-22-2013 01:51 PM

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 10-07-2013 11:07 PM

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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