Misc. Shop Stuff #33: Grandpa's Bench, Redux

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 11-06-2013 04:22 AM 2326 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 32: Cut-offs Bin Part 33 of Misc. Shop Stuff series Part 34: Cabinet Changes, Cont'd »

Last installment of Shop Stuff showed Grandad’s bench as it moved out the shop.

The wood floor is done now, and it’s time to move stuff back in. The bench was no exception, and it found new life as the base cabinet-like piece for my not-a-Wall Hung tool cabinet.

But, long story short, I just didn’t like that it was so much deeper than the tool cabinet. The aesthetic was wrong, and I need the depth when the workbench comes back into the space. So I debated a mod to Grandad’s bench, to make it a long-term fixture in the shop that I love vs. one I feel obligated to keep as is.

I opted to mod the piece, in the Depression-era mantra of Make Do or Do Without. Nine inches was the number. I’ll re-use the nails, keep all the material, etc. The bench is nailed together, not glued, so the knock-down was quite easy.

Time to cut the top. One pass, then a second pass with additional depth, and it was done.

A few more cuts for the drawer…

Hammered a few nails through the piece to get them ready for a new pounding; these drive through the back stretcher and into the drawer runners.

Here’s the ones that were used.

Replaced the backsplash, shortened the drawer and set it in place. Love it.

This part of the shop move / setup is done, thanks for looking.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#1 posted 11-06-2013 04:31 AM


If I my share some OCD. May I suggest an extension cord from the outlet that runs along the floor, up the corner behind Grandad’s bench to a concealed power strip.

I hate electrical cords. They kill the look. Maybe it’s just me.

Edit: hey! Wait a minute. I see ( or I don’t see) that cord has been moved in the very last pic.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#2 posted 11-06-2013 04:33 AM

Second pic has such a cord. :-) Need to push it all the way into the corner though.

Thanks for the OCD, I have a dose of it too, sometimes…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 11-06-2013 04:42 AM

Good call on the cut down Smitty, looks good and proportional.

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#4 posted 11-06-2013 04:49 AM

Lookin good! cant wait till the bench gets moved in and finishes the look!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#5 posted 11-06-2013 05:12 AM

I have a grinder like that.
Can’t pat my head and rub my stomach at the same time.
So…not used.
Your shop is cozy.

-- Quicksilver

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#6 posted 11-06-2013 05:20 AM

Smitty that is coming along very nicely.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 11-06-2013 10:07 AM

Nice work Smitty. You managed to make the bench narrower without ruining it’s basic appearance, and it does look better with your tool cabinet now. I love the wood floor you put in. It really makes you shop look perfect and the absence of machine tools gives it a great atmosphere too. What’s up next?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 11-06-2013 11:54 AM

It looks right at home Smitty. I’m sure Grandad would be proud. Love the floor by the way.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#9 posted 11-06-2013 12:06 PM

another “well done” portion.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#10 posted 11-06-2013 12:21 PM

Yep, the mortiser and drill press need to find new homes now. No power tools ay the front of the shop anymore.

Next is the tall hardware cabinet, the the extremely heavy table saw, then the assy bench. With those in, the workbench and RAS come back. That’ll get me close to complete…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#11 posted 11-06-2013 01:24 PM

Looks terrific Smitty! I love the old time look of your shop and fixing up your Grandfathers bench makes it as about as good as it gets! Enjoy it, it looks great!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#12 posted 11-06-2013 01:40 PM

You sure are fortunate to have all of those heirlooms to work with. It’s going to be very impressive.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 11-06-2013 01:45 PM

Looks awesome , Smitty. Modded, but not ruined.

Love the wood floor!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#14 posted 11-06-2013 02:18 PM


-- ~Tony

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#15 posted 11-06-2013 03:36 PM

Smitty, great job. It was very considerate of your Grand dad building that bench in such a way to make your modifications so easy, and able to keep the same aged aesthetics. That took some serious foresight on his part ;)

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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