small workshop ideas #16: Workbenches...At it again..Here's old and NEW

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 09-04-2020 12:41 PM 772 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Look at this collection of Benches and I have had them all. The first is my newest for the Shed Shop trying to get back to what works for me after moving and selling…get ready for Stupid…the Norm Abrams Bench. Yup I had that and critics may not like all its features but it came with a quick release vise at the left end, not in Norm’s plans, and I was lucky enough to get it at a yard sale…NO BS…for $40. Then I realized the price of the metal vise. I had to redo the top and stained the legs but all worth it. I learned tool wells are clutter collectors. Sadly it was a last minute decision as we moved to finally sell it as space was tight. oooch my arm still hurts. The older bench was an old school bench and I added the vises and it never was real flat but it was sturdy. 52 long by 32 wide nice size you could make an Adirondack chair on it and not use extra boards. Big drawer collected alot and it hid alot. I got it for free and sold it for $100. Had some regrets but I knew the move was coming. The new bench is hardwood top 18 by 5 ft. Solid notched joints, glue and screwed. stretchers half lap and screwed and that is the quick release vise that I did not sell with the Norm Bench. Not that stupid. real hefty to mount. A too well is in the works just 4 inch deep and an upper shelf 6 inch for box drawers or maybe wood bins…we shall see. Not all of us get to move so much and it has been an experience. I do wish I had kept that Norm Bench..plans are in his book..most of it or watch the episode on utube and check the height to suit you. This one had the tool well added on like a box and it was deeper than Norm made his and I liked it. Thanks Hal

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#1 posted 09-04-2020 11:09 PM

See the next blog, I added the tool well and a coat of stain. also the upper shelf. Now it looks like a real Traditional Workbench.

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