|Forum topic by BentheViking||posted 01-05-2014 04:21 PM||3039 views||0 times favorited||32 replies|
01-05-2014 04:21 PM
I bought my house last year and since then have been working my ass off trying to renovate the entire interior. Since most of it has been general carpentry and whatnot my “shop” in the garage has mostly been a dumping ground for tools. At some point this will be a proper shop with proper benches but for now I’ve been working off of a couple of folding tables. That being said i’d love to have a good bench so i can have that available when needed, however if I spent the time and money to build the bench I want SWMBO would blow a gasket for not making the same strides inside.
So I’ve been browsing the craigger as I always do, seeing if anyone ever has a good bench they are trying to get rid of, but every thing I ever see (regardless of price) looks like its name should be Lucky the three legged dog. Hey here is a pair of saw horses with a piece of plywood nailed to it $75 obo. Or this is a hollow core door supported by a baseball bat, a 2×4, a giant candy cane, and a peg leg. $125 firm (photo of vice not included). I think I once saw an actual old woodworkers bench with tail vice and dog holes that was from the early 1900s, but the top was so beat up it would need a lot of work to get it smooth and looking decent again and I think they wanted almost a G for it, but for that price you could almost get a brand new Sjobergs bench.
I plan on building a bench that will (hopefully be) simple enough to not take that much time and should be under $200 in lumber and then another few hundred for vices. I know that time is worth something I just can’t imagine paying so much for something that I’d probably get syphilis from. I’m not against the old time stuff and know that ware means something was well loved/used, but I want something that will look decent and will function well. Just because its heavy and old doesn’t mean its a high quality woodworking bench. I guess maybe all the good stuff is either kept since its still good or passed on to someone someone knows.
Anyone ever have similar experiences with used benches, especially on craigslist?
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