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Beams37

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04-04-2015 09:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench bench

So, I am just over working off of saw horses. It makes planing and just about every other chore impossible. Now, I’m going to build my first workbench. I have a good idea of what I will build, but have a quick question.

Woodcraft offers a remade bench top. Does anyone have any experience with these? I just feel it would get me up and running faster.

Any thoughts?

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.


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#1 posted 04-04-2015 09:54 PM

Not familiar with the Woodcraft top, but Grizzly has some as well that may fit your needs.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#2 posted 04-04-2015 09:55 PM

Which bench top are you looking at?

The big question is what are you going to do on your bench?

I do not use a lot of hand tools and my first and still using it was 2×6 covered with 3/4” plywood. If drilled holes in it that was OK. I think that I have replaced the top a couple of time

I welded square steel tubes for legs and it is solid.

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#3 posted 04-04-2015 09:59 PM

This is the bench top: http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/145685/24-x-60-Laminated-Maple-Bench-Top-70-Lbs.aspx

RockyTop: I will take a look at the Grizzly bench tops … And …. GO VOLS !!

RedOak: I plan on doing a lot of things with my bench. This is my first, so I am looking for something flexible. Really want an all wood set up. Not looking for plywood and metal the moment. Thanks for the idea though.

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 04-05-2015 12:49 AM

The Harbor Freight benches are much nicer for the price than I would have imagined. I don’t own one but did check them out for a friend.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 04-05-2015 01:33 AM

I saw those. I was always curious.

I want to build one, but the top is a concern right now, due to the fear of twisting. So, that is why I am looking at the remade tops from woodcraft.

Has anyone used them?

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#6 posted 04-05-2015 03:42 AM

That is a decent price for that top. I’ve had my eye on these from menards. There are three sizes available and they do go on sale pretty often. Would eliminate shipping for me which is a big plus. The woodcraft is 1/4” thicker.

http://www.menards.com/main/p-2705098-c-3629.htm

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#7 posted 04-05-2015 11:43 AM

Looks like a deal.

How about getting two and laminate together into a 3” thick top?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#8 posted 04-05-2015 02:27 PM

They look very nice.

Curiosity is getting to me….I see they are laminated but missed the term “remade”. What does remade mean?

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#9 posted 04-05-2015 02:40 PM

Jsuede: I don’t think there is a Menard’s near me. I will check though.

Robert: I think this is a great idea. This is my first bench though, so I will probably just go with a single layer this time to save money.

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#10 posted 04-05-2015 02:41 PM

Remade = Pre-Made.

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#11 posted 04-05-2015 03:13 PM

I just replaced a Grizzly top that is 30” x 72×1 3/4”. I’ve used it for 19 years before it started to crack in several places where one of the vises was fixed. It looks all the world like the Woodcraft top, except the pieces within it are full length. I think it (the Woodcraft top) or any of the alternatives would serve you well. I bought mine for the same reason: to get to work more quickly. I did make my replacement, more or less same construction only I made it 3” thick.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#12 posted 04-05-2015 03:27 PM

Fred: Thanks. I think I’m sold !!

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#13 posted 04-05-2015 03:43 PM

Bought it. I will write some form of a review when I get it.

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#14 posted 04-05-2015 04:47 PM



Bought it. I will write some form of a review when I get it.

- Beams37

And lots and lots of pics too please!!

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Beams37

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#15 posted 04-08-2015 11:25 PM

So, the top came. I opened part of the box, but haven’t completely unwrapped (so no pics). From what I can tell, it is made from maple scraps (most 12-24” long) connected by lamination and finger joints. On the underside, the knots are filled with epoxy.

First Impression: Very solid. The top side looks great.

Next Steps: Build a base, skirt, and add vises.

Questions:
1. What kind of base would you build? How could you attach it?
2. What kind of wood would you use for the skirt? How would you attach it?

All – Thanks for the help and I promise to provide full pictures as I go through the process.

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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