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Forum topic by Ebro posted 10-14-2013 10:14 AM 2046 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2013 10:14 AM

At a recent auction, I bought a 4’x8’ top for $2… my greatest auction find ever! It was covered with carpet and the auctioneer thought it was a piece of bowling alley so no one was interested in it. As it turns out the top isn’t bowling alley, it is two 2’x8’ maple slabs, 3” thick that were bolted together. They weigh a ton and are going to make a great workbench!

I’m going to make a workbench top out of one of the slabs. I plan on adding a metal face vice that I already have – another auction find. After looking at a ton of workbenches, I really like the idea of including a wagon vice. I am also going to add square wooden dogs and I’m trying to keep costs reasonable on this project. I need advice on the hardware. I looked at this

Is this the right hardware for what I want to do? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 10:18 AM

Nice find especially for $2.00

-- Bert

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 12:17 AM

A great find at twice the price!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 01:03 AM

SWEET!! That’s the cheapest maple ever.

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#5 posted 11-12-2013 01:38 AM

Good score on the maple top.
If you want to keep costs down and have a clean end on the bench ( no protruding handle) you might like this wagon vice.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 11-12-2013 07:39 AM

Thanks Paul. I’d seen your design on another thread, but hadn’t really considered it before. I really can’t justify spending $300+ for the BenchCrafted hardware when I already have an older Wilton metal vice and/or great alternatives like yours. I’m going to check out your workbench blog. Thanks.

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#7 posted 11-12-2013 07:55 AM

That’s crazy lucky you should buy a lotto ticket nice score!

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#8 posted 11-12-2013 02:13 PM

Wow, let’s see that comes out to a little over 2 cents a board foot by my calculations. May as well be free, you done good.

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#9 posted 11-12-2013 02:19 PM

2 bench tops for $2 bucks … whoa!

Id make one for joinery and one as a regular bench. Score!

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#10 posted 11-12-2013 02:22 PM

That’s a mighty good find. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 11-14-2013 06:02 AM

that will make a good table but you could also rip it in to 1”by 3” ans glue the and plan the to 3/4 inch and make a real nice gun cabinet

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