My new upcycled workbench and new view

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Project by jiggles posted 07-31-2018 11:33 PM 3270 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This workbench started out as my old living room windows that looked out onto the lake in my backyard. The original windows were built in 1971. The stiles were rotting out at the bottoms. These were 4×6 cedars as well were the upper and lower rails. I saved the 5 stiles and the top rail. Rebuilt the windows as shown in pixs 5 and 6. Then turned my attention to building the workbench. I planed the rail and stiles down to a uniform size. Picked up a quick release vise in a garage sale and refinished it. Bought maple stair steps at the Restore. Finished them down to create the skirting around the perimeter of the bench. I had to join two steps ene for end for the lengths I needed. This gave me the opportunity to practice my bow tie joinery as well my pocket hole joinery. I used Everbilt Connecting Screws M7×70MM long to attach the skirting. I did this so when the time.comes to replace pieces it will be easy enough to unscrew, make another piece and reattach it. I have nothing in the cedar, $30 bucks in maple with 5 – 10.5” x 45” steps left over and about $15 in the Jorgensen vise. Plywood I had in the shop.

Now if the little wife would let me move the workbench into the living room facing the lake. I could watch the ducks and squirrels and little birds eat every morning as I do another great project. It could happen! Life is good but it could be “good-er”!

PS. The workbench doubles as an outfeed table with an add-on to get the height I need for outfeed level. The overall measurements are: 5’-2” long x 23” deep top with an added 12” for the tool trough x 32.5” tall (my height).

Hope you like…...

-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas

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#1 posted 07-31-2018 11:52 PM

Great work, excellent craftsmanship, I am certain you will get decades of use. I think the details are exceptions.

-- Jim

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#2 posted 08-01-2018 12:03 AM

Thanks….I should live so long…....
More like it will be an inheritance, or garage sale item.

-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas

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#3 posted 08-01-2018 01:20 AM


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 08-01-2018 01:40 AM

very nice! great reclaim!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 08-01-2018 02:12 AM


-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas

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#6 posted 08-01-2018 03:01 AM

Excellent work, nice keys. If this will be an inheritance item, can I offer myself up for adoption?

-- .:Dustbringer:.

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#7 posted 08-01-2018 03:21 AM

I have 4 kids already but thanks for the offer

-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas

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#8 posted 08-01-2018 09:38 AM

Beautiful bench !! Get it moved into the living room !!!

-- Pat / Colorado

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#9 posted 08-01-2018 02:11 PM

Just move it to the living room and put a tablecloth over it. ;)

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#10 posted 08-01-2018 05:51 PM

I love stories like this.
It takes us back to our roots where our ancestors never threw anything away.
They kept and recycled everything.
Nicely done sir!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#11 posted 08-02-2018 06:18 AM

Very nicely done. I do understand why you would wan your bench in front of the window. That’s a wonderful view.

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#12 posted 08-03-2018 11:21 AM

I love the story. Being an out feed table to the Table saw is wonderful. Mine is the same way (not as pretty though). We had an awesome restore in Waco Texas. They had everything. The one here sort of sucks really – so I am happy for you. Over all this seems to kind of wrap your whole life into it and looks like you are doing well with your life. Neat showing my friend.

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#13 posted 08-03-2018 11:46 AM

If everyone in the world were woodworkers, there would be no more wars…...or else there would be a lot of one eyed people due to an over abundance of sharp sticks! It could happen!

You folks are too kind with your heart felt comments. Thanks

When I get a comment I enjoy going to your site and marveling at your projects. Each of you are artisans in your own right, kudos to everyone.

-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas

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#14 posted 09-14-2018 03:59 PM

Added a special touch by giving it a name. Look at the last picture. I have named it, “Tableau d’amour”. Loosely translated, “table of love”. Love went into making it and the things I will make on top of this table will be made with love. Seemed to be apropos.

Another of the translations would be “board of love”.

Sort of reminds me of Mr. Biffle, my science teacher who introduced me to his “board of education”. I guess I could have named my workbench, the “board of education”; but it had already been taken.

I took the section of board to my local trophy company and they laser etched it for ten bucks.

-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas

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