Workbench for a friend

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Project by Kevin posted 11-11-2008 07:43 AM 2819 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend and I are planning on making a couple different workbenches. I want a “real” woodworking bench, he wants a “regular” bench.

We started with his.

The top is made from the Ash studs I pulled out of my Grandpa’s place.
The base is some southern yellow pine that my friend picked up.

It took us way too much to build it, but we had fun. Those old studs are hard, twisted, warped, bowed, and have nails in them. Gave the jointer and planer a good work out.

The base attached to the top with lags and bolts so that it can be taken apart for transportation later.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#1 posted 11-11-2008 08:10 AM

Nicely built workbench. I like the grain pattern of the top.

I understand the hard time you had working with twisted, warped and bowed lumber. I appreciate your determination, commitment and patience in accomplishing the job successfully. You did great job.
Keep it up Kervin.

thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Michael Hacker

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#2 posted 11-11-2008 08:35 AM

Great job guys! I have been reclaiming all my lumber and have great satisfaction turning “useless” wood into timeless treasures! This bench will be both very useful, long lasting, and an excellent bench indeed!

Do you have any additional closeup shots of the top? when you make the second version please detail that part, lets see some nail holes!

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#3 posted 11-11-2008 02:44 PM

Very nice; especially for a general purpose bench.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 11-11-2008 04:19 PM

Looks nice and really sturdy as well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 11-11-2008 04:55 PM

Nice workbench. I was wondering about the feet, and how two seem to have angles cut on all sides and two with only two sides angled. If you prefer to call it simply a design element, then I’d accept that. ;)

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#6 posted 11-11-2008 07:13 PM

I like it! I hope ya’ll have years of good projects with the workbenches.

-- Jim

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#7 posted 11-11-2008 09:37 PM

Thanks guys.

He has already taken it to his shop, so I don’t know when I can get more pictures. I’ll see what I can do though.

oldskoolmodder, the legs were entirely his design. All four legs are the same. Three sides are cut at a 60 degree angle. the forth is left uncut. The uncut side was then placed facing the outside of the table along the long edge. Hopefully that makes sense, it is hard to explain.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#8 posted 11-11-2008 10:36 PM

Minnie's House Studs

Picture of studs prior to removal.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#9 posted 11-12-2008 04:58 AM

Beautiful work bench. I look forward to see yours.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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