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Forum topic by EggMan posted 02-06-2015 02:26 AM 957 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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EggMan

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02-06-2015 02:26 AM

I see this bench for sale not far from my house,
Not too much more than the price of a good vise or two, seems like good condition and not abused.

What do you think?
I offered $275, too much?

http://denver.craigslist.org/tls/4877123328.html


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DocBailey

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#1 posted 02-06-2015 04:25 AM

It is a (presumably) decent top in search of a much sturdier base. I say presumably because the skirting may make the top appear thicker than it really is. (something to check out).

I passed on one of these years ago (for free) because it was so rickety.

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#2 posted 02-06-2015 05:33 AM

@DocBailey – any cause to the rickety bench? Did the tenon and mortise fail or poor construction?

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#3 posted 02-06-2015 06:10 AM

“It is a (presumably) decent top in search of a much sturdier base”

Well stated and correct.

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#4 posted 02-06-2015 06:11 AM

Looks like a wanta be.I don’t think it’s very heavy which means planing, chopping, etc It’s going to wiggle around.If you look at it shake it wiggle it bang on it push it. those are things you’ll be doing with your bench so see if it can handle it.and that vise will T you off in no time.

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#5 posted 02-06-2015 06:35 AM

Your buying the top and the drawers, go visit the bench to make sure its a solid hardwood slab rather than a thin top with a wider skirt, make sure the vices both solidly hold your work and fully extend

Use the bench to make stronger heavier legs from SYP with drawbored mortice tennon joints. Put cross bracing at the back to prevent wracking over the next twenty years or so.

If its all OK and if they will accept $275 I’d take it.

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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DocBailey

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#6 posted 02-06-2015 06:47 AM



@DocBailey – any cause to the rickety bench? Did the tenon and mortise fail or poor construction?

- JohnChung

The legs and feet are under-engineered, given the weight of the top.
You will be chasing this around your shop as you attempt plane stock.

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EggMan

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#7 posted 02-06-2015 11:54 AM

Thanks for the input everyone.

Good point that everyone seems to agree upon about the base being under engineered.

I’ll see if he gets back to me and what kind of shape its in if he does,
But I’ll be looking closely at the base and the materials.

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