Reclaimed Workbench

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Project by cpd011 posted 10-21-2016 06:19 PM 3751 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project I can recall making that was not out of necessity. The top is made from a reclaimed beam that was 3-1/2×12 and roughly 18 feet long. It had bereclaimeden sitting out on the weather for some time and looked pretty nasty . When I had milled it down the question became, what do I do with it now? I could only think, that would be great for a workbench/ outfeed/ assembly table. So I made it tall enough for my unisaw. Then I found some pretty nasty looking drawers, which had some nice hardware and dovetails. I thought those would fit perfectly underneath. The carcass is the only thing I bought some plywood for. All the other wood is salvaged. Now that it’s built I realize that it’s not going to fit very well in my garage shop that has two other benches. It’s also my first project where the wood dictated the final form which was new and neat for me. The finish is puritan pine and espresso gel stain with a spar urethane over it all. Thanks for looking.

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 10-21-2016 06:25 PM

Great lookin’ bench! I like the pigeon holes/drawers. I have the same covered troughs on my bench … great place for keeping wedges and those little pieces you just can’t bring yourself to throw away!
”It’s also my first project where the wood dictated the final form which was new and neat for me.”

Tell me more about this …

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#2 posted 10-21-2016 06:29 PM

great job of recycling that came out beautiful,and im sure if you cant use it yourself plenty of people would be willing to take it off your hands.but i think id find a use for it,too nice to give up.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 10-21-2016 07:02 PM

Very nice bench, great use of a beam. My bench came to me much the same way, i.e.: wood that I ended up with that I didn’t know what to do with. What a happy accident!

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

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#4 posted 10-21-2016 11:49 PM

Damn, that is a great looking bench!

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#5 posted 10-22-2016 03:28 AM

Building with reclaimed items is a challenge. Makes a person think of how to use a certain dimension fit the final goal you are trying to accomplish. I built lots of cabinets from old basement windows. Each cabinet was different.
Your workbench is beatiful !
Nice work’
Thanks for sharing

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 10-22-2016 08:17 AM

Very well done and organized.Besides that,drawer set look fantastic to with those hardware.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 10-22-2016 05:39 PM

Very nice bench. The design is good, especially with the use of reclaimed items. I really like the two-tone finish and the covered tills in the bench top. I hope you can make some space in your shop to use it.

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#8 posted 10-23-2016 11:23 PM

Thanks for looking and for the wonderful comments.

Ron, I meant that I had a piece of wood and it just screamed to me I need to be a workbench. The drawers and other things just seemed to fit. It’s hard to explain but the the materials dictated the design and it almost seemed like I didn’t have much to do with the design. Sounds dumb I know.

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Ron Aylor

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#9 posted 10-24-2016 12:34 AM

cpd011, doesn’t sound dumb at all. I know exactly what you mean, now. It is comforting to know that I am not alone … I thought I was the only one having dialogue with my lumber. I do, however, have a piece of overly curly birch that must be mad at me … hasn’t said a word in years … perhaps I need to move it away from the mahogany …

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#10 posted 11-02-2016 10:52 PM

At’s a keeper.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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