Remember high school shop cabinets?

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Remember those days in high school shop, the workbenches that the kids would do anything to, except work on?
Well I ended up buying 6 of them about 2 years ago, and re-finished the cabinets, taking out all kinds of wonderful dents, or at least the big ones, sand blasting inside and out, and painting with enamel. Clamps came with them and given a complete overhaul. Maple tops were originally 2-1/4 in. thick, wide belt sanded down to 2-1/8th in. thick, this was after much swearing over the holes drilled in that I plugged with maple dowel, and numerous nails of varying sizes were extracted. Finished in teak oil, so I can re-oil when needed. Then with my trusty Millermatic mig welder, I built a lowboy rolling frame, covered in gray enamel. If I ever catch a little ass…e driving a nail in it, I will use his teeth to get it out!!!!!! Sold 2 of these, another given to a friend, so I’ve got 2 left and no room to put them in, at a friends house in storage for right now. If someone needs one, let me know, I want to keep another to use in my future, bigger shop. Have a great day folks, thanks for looking, at my newest baby.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#1 posted 01-27-2010 08:35 PM

I’ve been looking for one of these! Where are you located?

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#2 posted 01-27-2010 08:53 PM

Hey Dan,

You did an awesome job restoring these. If I were closer I’d buy one from ya..

Thank you for sharing !

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 09:02 PM

If you are driving through western Nebraska, drop one off here at the shop!

Would LOVE to have one (or 2) but I am sure the freight would eat me alive.

I like what you did with these…especially adding the rolling frame. Would be darn handy! I will ask the local shop teacher to keep me in mind if he ever has any to get rid of.


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 09:29 PM

I sure could use one of those in my shop. Looks great. Nice job on the refurbish.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 10:19 PM

Looks way to nice now for a shop class. Nice refinishing.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 01-27-2010 10:46 PM

I would love to have one of those. Where abouts are you?

in the first State of Delaware


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#7 posted 01-27-2010 11:41 PM

You did a wonderful job on this , Dan , and the low-boy is a great addition to it : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 12:04 AM

Job well done! That is simply beautiful.

Is that Grizzly Green? It matches my one wall of my shop, check out the photo.

-- The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

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#9 posted 01-28-2010 12:25 AM

I’m located in Daytona Beach area, and thanks for all the nice comments.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 01-28-2010 02:04 AM

I would love to have one of those in my shop (which is still under construction), but I have been unable to find a local school that was upgrading. My mother-in-law is a teacher at a local school so she has been checking for me. It seams that here in Central Florida they dont really have wood shop anymore due to all the budget cuts. Anyway you did a great job on restoring them and if you ever come across or know of any more please send me a email. I am sure you have found a home for yours by now.

Troy B

-- Just a small fish in a big pond trying to make a difference one job at a time.

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#11 posted 01-28-2010 12:24 PM

What ever happened to ‘Shop Class”.

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#12 posted 01-28-2010 12:55 PM

Lived in your area most of my life, now in AL. Why didn’t I find them? Nice restoration.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 01-28-2010 03:34 PM

Savannah… What did you use to “service” the vises? I am assuming they are Columbian vises or similar. I have two myself and I have been unable to find the recommended cleaner / lubricant for the Acme threads.


-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#14 posted 01-28-2010 04:34 PM

“Servicing the vises” was done with a sand blaster to remove old paint, hardened glue, and rust, on the rods and threads, I used a wire cup wheel on grinder and steel wool by hand. Then applied grease on those parts.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#15 posted 01-28-2010 04:57 PM

Savannah… Thanks for the information. Do you think grease is a better lube for these vises than say a 30 weight oil, etc?


-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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