9 Dollar Workbench project #2: Pretty much finished with work table..

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Blog entry by Dan posted 09-28-2010 07:56 PM 3400 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In my first blog on this topic I talked about buying an old steel desk/table from a resale place for 6 dollars. Using all extra materials from my shop (with the exception of one can of spray primer that I had to buy) I was able to transform the ugly and rusted steel table into a rater good looking small work bench.

Here is what it looked like when I got it (also had two metal drawers not shown in photo)


The first set of steps are all in my first blog. I left off right after adding a dove tailed trim around the table top made from Cherry wood.


The last stages of this project were to build some drawer fronts out of cherry, paint the remaining metal parts of the table with a good quality white paint, adding bottom shelf and then adding a vice to the top. I may do more later but for now I am done with this project.



-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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View helluvawreck's profile


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#1 posted 09-28-2010 08:09 PM

For $9 and a little elbow grease you’ve got yourself a bargain. Nice bench!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View Dennisgrosen's profile


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#2 posted 09-28-2010 08:18 PM

8-O thats not a woody wice
thought you say it wasn´t a utillitybench but what does that wice do there if it ain´t…

but the bench still looks good man despite the litle design fart…lol

have considered two more drawers and some doors to close in that shelf or just drawers ?

I realy wisch I had such a unit in the basement in theese month – maybee I get lucky too

thank´s for sharing the good job on it

take care

View Radu's profile


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#3 posted 09-28-2010 08:19 PM

It looks good. I wish I had room for one like that. Thanks for posting.

View Dan's profile


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#4 posted 09-29-2010 05:14 PM

Dennis- I don’t really do much utility work. The vice was given to me so I decided to bolt it down. I super glued some rubber foam stuff to the jaws and I do use it for some woodworking stuff. I may add more later but I feel like I put way to much time into this project and I just need a break from it.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

View Dennisgrosen's profile


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#5 posted 09-29-2010 05:59 PM

I know it from the last blog , just had to tease

and you can get some different softpads to it as well
I have a set for round stuff and made a set out of aluminum for soft delikat works on metal
were you don´t want the jaws to lieve marks even somtimes use thick tape on those
if dealing with cobber or brass

have a great day

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