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Project by crosseyedcarver posted 02-24-2010 06:07 AM 2955 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished! This workbench has come a long way. I found most of the wood being used as a ramp into a shed. The wood was warped and had a lot of mildew stains where the wood had cupped. I walked by it over and over again. I could tell there was a lot of curl in the wood but it just looked too far gone to do anything with. One day I had enough and had to know what those boards looked like cleaned up. I replaced the boards with plywood and put the boards in my truck. I borrowed a 12” plainer which meant I had to cut the wood down to fit them though. These boards had so much figure to them. I had to build something special with them. There were two types of wood curly cherry and red oak. I am mostly carving now so I wanted a small work bench to go in our dinning area where the floor would be easy clean-up. My wonderful wife agreed so now it was just a matter of putting a plan together for my bench. I saved one of the boards that was the widest for the bench top. Since it wouldn’t fit though the plainer, I had to sand it. It took days and when I thought I had most of the stains out I would wet it to see what the finnish would look like, sure enough the stains were still there. Finnaly I came to a point where I was happy with the finnish. I bought some black walnut to add some contrast. After many hours of plotting out how each board could be used I started building. I work out of town a lot so this project has taken about 4 months. I finished it off with a poly floor finish. I am not a furniture builder so there is a lot of screws showing. I have really enjoyed building it and have learned a lot for my next project. Most of all my wife said it looks good enough that she doesn’t mind it being in the house. I’m happy and she’s happy. Sounds like a job well done.

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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#1 posted 02-24-2010 06:10 AM

That’s one great bench ,a cool design and wonderful wood.


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#2 posted 02-24-2010 06:11 AM

Wow! Beautiful wood, very nicely finished workbench.
I supposed this workbench is not to be used in a woodworking shop.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 02-24-2010 06:28 AM

A very nice work bench. Awesome wood.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 06:38 AM

Great salvage. Did the finish have a dye in it or is that the natural color of the wood? Beautiful either way.

-- Jim

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#5 posted 02-24-2010 06:42 AM

That timber is amazing. It’s come up very nicely. Are you going to install a vice onto it, or how to you prefer to hold your timber for carving?
Two thumbs up.

-- Daniel -

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#6 posted 02-24-2010 06:57 AM

that is a fantastic bench well done saving wood from a life of abuse and neglect

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#7 posted 02-24-2010 07:20 AM

That is a awesome pc man nearly to nice to use lol.

-- jim

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 07:28 AM

Congrats on creating a beautiful piece with something that was once considered rubbish! Thank you for salvaging/reclaiming!

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 08:00 AM

Lucky find. I feel bad for the brilliant person who made the ramp out of such beautiful peices to begin with though. Really nice

-- "May you live in interesting times"

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#10 posted 02-24-2010 01:58 PM

Outstanding! You hit a home run on everything. Great bench. Great grain. Great piece of furniture. Great recycle.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#11 posted 02-24-2010 02:38 PM

That is excellent. There is only one problem. It is so beautiful I don’t know if I could ever use it as a workbench. In my house that would become a writing desk or something guaranteed not to put one single dent or scratch on it. I would be very careful that your wife does not claim it as her own for a great personal work space!

-- Richard

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#12 posted 02-24-2010 02:56 PM

Terrific recycle & great woodworking..your wife knows pretty when she sees can double as a sideboard!

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#13 posted 02-24-2010 04:32 PM

that is realy something looks great

-- gagewestern

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#14 posted 02-24-2010 05:49 PM

Great save. The figure in the wood is amazing.

-- Barry,

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#15 posted 02-25-2010 01:55 AM

Your story is so kewl, and your desk is just fantastic!
Thanks for sharing and good luck with your future projects.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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