Reclaimed Mini Benchtop Workbench

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Project by Acts65Woodworks posted 04-25-2018 11:29 PM 3248 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year ago, I came across a wooden bed that was being throwing out (maple not the usual pine). It’s been taking up space in my garage since and I even thought about throwing it out. More recently, I have become interested in hand tools and decided to make a workbench. I don’t have much space so I looked for some more compact (as well as cheaper) option. I came across Steve Latta's workbench, as well as Adrian Preda's and decided to make my own.

The top is made of maple from the bed, the legs are made of mahogany cutoffs from a cabinet shop, the vise is a 6” Columbian vise I picked up at an estate sale for cheap, and the wooden jaw is Acacia flooring, and I lined it with leather from an old couch. It is 36” long, 12” wide, 4” high. I finished it with Danish Oil and Paste Wax. I clamp it to my table saw to keep it from moving around.

-- Steven, California,

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#1 posted 04-26-2018 12:29 AM

Nice work Steven. Looks sturdy and flat, which is about all you need for some hand tool work. Good thing you didn’t toss the bed. You got some nice, usable wood from it vs it rotting away in a landfill at this point.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#2 posted 04-26-2018 01:08 AM

Great project.

Great wood “rescue”!

Will also be very handy; all GOOD!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 04-26-2018 01:21 AM

A good rescue and build. It will serve you well. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 04-26-2018 03:19 PM

Amazing stuff

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#5 posted 04-26-2018 03:46 PM

Looks Great! Nice work with re-purposing the wood.

-- Steve, Minneapolis area

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#6 posted 04-27-2018 05:25 PM

Really nice work. I’m working on one myself. This video gave me the idea:

I’m using maple boards from the local hardware store after changing my mind on what I was going to do with it. Your mini bench looks really good.

-- ~Daniel

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#7 posted 04-28-2018 02:38 AM

nice upcycling!

-- I do this for fun.

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#8 posted 04-28-2018 06:41 PM

Throw away finds are just wonderful, glad you kept this one, great idea also

Thank you for sharing

I saw cable TV show recently about a guy who down sized, built a smaller craftsman style house on a 40 by 65 lot inner city lot in Detroit, with a down sized shop and he had small work benches and turned out some amazing work out that tiny shop.

Actually his garage was bigger than the house and his shop so his wife’s car would be out of the weather (that was her only request)

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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