Deli Workbench #1: Workbench repurposing

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Blog entry by wadestock posted 06-25-2008 05:57 PM 800 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A friend gave me a deli table from a closed down grocery store. Stainless steel frame, great maple butcher block top in 4 parts. The only problem with it was that it sat out in the weather for a while and the wood swelled. I’ve had it for over a year now and I’m trying to turn it into a woodworking workbench. I’ve been working on planing one section so it doesn’t hang over the frame.
My biggest victory so far is my hand plane. After reading a bunch on refurbishing hand planes I have been able to fix up the cheapo plane I bought at Harbor Freight (made in India). Now I know how a plane is supposed to work, although if someone experienced used it they would have a differing opinion.

I want to put some bench dogs in but I’m afraid of drilling in the wrong place. I bought a small vise that will go on the front.
One of the cool features of the bench is that the middle sections lift out to reveal a tub/sink type area.
I’ll try up get some pictures up soon.

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#1 posted 06-25-2008 08:49 PM

pictures are always the key. It soundsl ike you have some interesting things going on.

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#2 posted 06-25-2008 10:59 PM

PICTURES! Gotta See It!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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