reclaimed workbench

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Project by weldoman posted 01-18-2015 01:43 PM 2115 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d been wanting a WW’ers vise on a bench when i came across a CL ad listing an old high school maple top and vise sitting on some metal lockers. The top was in bad shape, lots of gouges, wallowed out dog holes but was still really flat. The seller wanted $60. for it , I figured the vise and lockers were worth that much so I brought it home and made a bench out of materials I had on hand.

It’s got a little bit of everything in it, some 5/4 H.maple resawed to 1/2”,reclaimed( free) SYP 2×4s & 4×4s, mdf, hardboard and plywood. I repositioned the vise on the top and routered new dog holes, and covered it with replaceable hardboard. I trimmed the front with 1/2” H.maple and practiced on my inset drawers. The drawer knobs are reclaimed too, my wife gave them to me out of her stash.

I made alot of mistakes but am pretty happy with the results.

-- missouri, dave

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#1 posted 01-18-2015 03:48 PM

Very nicely done. It looks really good. Whatever mistakes you think you made aren’t very obvious to me. I think you will likely find this bench to be really nice to use, and in any case, the usefulness of the bench is much more important than how it looks.

I am interested in how you installed the drawers. I would like to add draws to the bench I am rebuilding, and I am always looking to learn from what others have done.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#2 posted 01-18-2015 05:15 PM

I installed drawer slides to t he plywood sides and center dividers. Keep everything square while doing this. I’ll try to post more pics. Thanks!

-- missouri, dave

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#3 posted 01-18-2015 06:02 PM

Hello Weldoman

I like the conception of your bench

In the future I will try to make one like yours (But now in my favorite)

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 01-19-2015 01:37 PM

looks good. what did you finish the hardboard with?

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#5 posted 01-19-2015 02:11 PM

That’s an impressive change. Well done and thanks for sharing.

-- Pat-Indianapolis

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#6 posted 01-19-2015 02:17 PM

Thanks for the additional pictures. They provide a wealth of information.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#7 posted 01-19-2015 03:18 PM

That’s a great looking workbench and very practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 01-24-2015 01:06 PM

Thanks Guys, I’m ready to put it to work.

EZ, I finished the whole bench with water based poly, my 1st time using it. It goes on easy, no amber color, durability? well I’ll find out.

-- missouri, dave

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