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LuLuBean

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132 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: work bench workbench lervad

I have the opportunity to buy this Lervad bench for $100. I would ideally like something bigger with more heft for heavy planing operations. However, I thought that this might be a good deal and could be modified as needed. I saw where Chris Schwarz gave this a “C” because the front vice set up would make edge planing difficult. But for $100, I thought it would be good enough until I really needed to shell out the big bucks on a nicer bench. I would appreciate this community’s feedback. (BTW this is my first post here. I have been reading the site for a while and have enjoyed it!)


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Buckethead

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#1 posted 132 days ago

There is so much right with that bench. At $100 it seems like anything wrong with it would be worth changing to your liking. You could add heft, larger legs… Thicken the top… And/or reconfigure the front.

I can’t say that I understand the use of that configuration, since I’m unfamiliar. It might be quite practical for some purpose.

I see it like this: that bench can be had for less than the cost of hardwood lumber for your own build. Hardware and labor already included. Is a steal.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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danofpaco

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#2 posted 132 days ago

I am not a bench guru, still a noob and haven’t built my first bench yet… I would think for $100, if the vises are any good, that hardware might be worth the price alone and you could re-use them in a future bench. Vises aren’t cheap. Just a thought.

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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Buckethead

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#3 posted 132 days ago

“When I graduated college my Dad happened to be closing down a remote workshop for his employer. At that time I was admiring a workbench manufactured by Lervad in the United Kingdom. These benches sell for about $2000 today. “

A quick googling revealed this comment. A writer for a magazine in the UK. http://www.pacw.org/no-cache/issue/september_2012_issue/hobby/the_amazing_world_of_scuba_diving.html

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#4 posted 132 days ago

Edges can be planed by using an end stop on the benct top
or by clamping the board in something like a handscrew
and clamping that to the bench top.

The bench shown is a little on the short side for heavy
planing but you can weight it or screw it down and
since it’s a Lervad it probably won’t rack, even though
the frame looks a bit light compared to the traditional
Skandinavian benches on which it is based.

I have a regular bench I built with a Record face vice and
an end stop. I also have a Skandinavian style bench
with traditional vises and someday I’ll have room to use
both. They each have virtues.

The front vise on that Lervad appears to have two clamping
positions and with a sawhorse at the right height to
support a board you could clamp a long board in the
front jaw and work the edge that way.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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BentheViking

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#5 posted 132 days ago

Where do you live?

If its close to me I’d say terrible deal and you don’t want it.

If its not near me then I’d say grab it ASAP.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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johnstoneb

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#6 posted 132 days ago

Grab it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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woodchuckerNJ

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#7 posted 132 days ago

For 100 you can’t lose.

Figure that top alone is worth it.
I think it looks usable. And it might actually be better than it looks in the pic.

-- Jeff NJ

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Holbs

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#8 posted 131 days ago

I would go for it for $100. I have the next model up of the Lervand bench with cabinets underneath. It is no “Roubo” bench, but a light weight educational bench. I believe these Lervands were made for wood working schools & classes as they interlock to each other side by side and row by row, for classroom environments. Hence, the obstructing left end.
The retail of these benches are $1300+.
Here is the Lervand home page: http://lervad.co.uk/
My table did not come with bench dogs, which I bought at an auction for $200. I have to order these or make my own.

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Shawn Masterson

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#9 posted 130 days ago

Seems to me there is more than $100 in vises on that bench. Even if you bought it and hated it, theres more than you paid in parts. You could part it out and build the bench of your dreams, with the hard parts from that one.

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Gixxerjoe04

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#10 posted 130 days ago

I’d buy it if it were around here that’s for sure

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LuLuBean

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#11 posted 128 days ago

Thanks for the positive comments. I am definitely going to buy this bench!

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 128 days ago

What a deal you made. That’s not my favorite style of bench but I wouldn’t think twice about paying a 100 bucks for it. It’s going to be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#13 posted 127 days ago

Get it. Now!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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