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Project by anthm27 posted 09-25-2019 03:00 AM 876 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With such a small workshop I do a lot of work outside on my roof top, Over the years I have generally had temporary benches built from scrap, sometimes found on a rubbish pile. The elements are extremely hard in Hong Kong and the outdoor benches never last long but serve their purpose.

For those reasons I didn’t want to invest much time or money in a new bench, I came up with this made wholly from 5 / 2.4 meter 230×40 mm pine planks. The slats on the lower part where old mass produced bed slats I,d found on a rubbish heap. They also exposed doweled into place.

Its no work of art but it is interesting in the fact that it dose not have ANY screws or nails. Its wholly constructed using dowel clamp and glue joinery. Some dowels exposed some hidden.

The top was simply doweled planks and then exposed dowel secured to the frame. All finished with lovely oil based decking oil for durability.

Some pics of the construction along with the predecessor bench that is completely rotten(it served me well though).
Oh, the whole build, start to finish including one coat of oil was a total of 12 hours work.

Thanks for reading.
Anth

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.





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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 09-25-2019 05:11 AM

Nice bench. Would look good anywhere.

Wood working on roof top in Hong Kong? Impressive dedication to the hobby!
Keep working that wood. :-)

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 09-25-2019 05:49 AM

That is a nice bench, it could do Kitchen duty as easily as woodwork. I think you got it built just in a nick of time. That old bench looks like a strong wind might set it free.

Woodworking on the roof anywhere, you’d be at the mercy of the elements, but on those nice warm sunny days, well I’m envious.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Woodwrecker

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#3 posted 09-25-2019 06:14 AM

Quite an up-grade from the old bench my friend.
Use it in good health and in good weather!
Eric

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crowie

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#4 posted 09-25-2019 07:26 AM

Looks way too good to be an outdoor work bench Anthony.
Is it made with pine?
Maybe it should be a new dining table?
Weld up a steel frame and use the old bench top on that rather than muckup the beautiful new bench.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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anthm27

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#5 posted 09-25-2019 08:23 AM



Nice bench. Would look good anywhere.

Wood working on roof top in Hong Kong? Impressive dedication to the hobby!
Keep working that wood. :-)

- CaptainKlutz

Thanks Captain.
Thanks for the encouragement and for taking a look.
Regards
Anthony

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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anthm27

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#6 posted 09-25-2019 08:27 AM



That is a nice bench, it could do Kitchen duty as easily as woodwork. I think you got it built just in a nick of time. That old bench looks like a strong wind might set it free.

Woodworking on the roof anywhere, you d be at the mercy of the elements, but on those nice warm sunny days, well I m envious.

- therealSteveN

Thanks Steve, Yes my Lovie who helped me coat it with oil this morning wants the same style as a kitchen set up.
Thanks for the kind words.
I can assure you here in HK the winter months are far nicer than the hot humid summer months for working on the roof.


Quite an up-grade from the old bench my friend.
Use it in good health and in good weather!
Eric

- Woodwrecker

Thanks Wood wrecker, yes the old one had had a major rebuild about a year ago and may ongoing repairs. It will be fire wood next week for cooking pork on a spit.

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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anthm27

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#7 posted 09-25-2019 08:32 AM



Looks way too good to be an outdoor work bench Anthony.
Is it made with pine?
Maybe it should be a new dining table?
Weld up a steel frame and use the old bench top on that rather than muckup the beautiful new bench.

- crowie

Hi Crowie,
Thanks for taking a look, Lovie Cheryl is at me not to use it as working bench, she wants it for a dining table would you believe (which would never work) and when we build a house as a style of kitchen bench.
Would you believe to get it off the roof and into our house below it would have to be rope lowered.
Which is what I did with my lumber cart a while back.
Anyways lets see what happens, I think I will have to get a canvas cover made for it.
Thanks again

Regards Anthony

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#8 posted 09-25-2019 09:48 AM

Sometimes it’s out with the old and in with the new. That old bench holds many good memories I bet! And your new bench look too darn nice to be left outdoors. No metal I like that; you won’t have to worry about anything rusting on it. Nice work Anthony!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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mikeacg

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#9 posted 09-25-2019 09:50 AM

“Would you believe to get it off the roof and into our house below it would have to be rope lowered.”
Too funny! I’ll want pictures of that if Cheryl wins that argument!
A fine looking table worthy of a cover! It would certainly extend its life so you have time to do other projects to make Lovie smile!
Cheers,
Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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anthm27

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#10 posted 09-25-2019 10:07 AM



Sometimes it s out with the old and in with the new. That old bench holds many good memories I bet! And your new bench look too darn nice to be left outdoors. No metal I like that; you won t have to worry about anything rusting on it. Nice work Anthony!

- woodshaver Tony C

Thanks Tony, yes no metal good for woodworking, I can slip with the saw or chisel and I,m definitely not going to hit an embedded screw or nail.
Thanks for the comments.
Anth

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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anthm27

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#11 posted 09-25-2019 10:09 AM



“Would you believe to get it off the roof and into our house below it would have to be rope lowered.”
Too funny! I ll want pictures of that if Cheryl wins that argument!
A fine looking table worthy of a cover! It would certainly extend its life so you have time to do other projects to make Lovie smile!
Cheers,
Mike

- mikeacg

Mate I definitely have to show you a pic of Lovie and I roping the lumber storage cart off the balcony down to the floor below.
Lovie is searching for the pic.
I,m off on a work trip this evening chat in a few days.
Regards
Anth

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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mikeacg

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#12 posted 09-25-2019 10:18 AM

I’m almost feeling guilty with all the workspace I have but Newberry has nothing on Hong Kong (except cheaper real estate!)...
Safe travels.

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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anthm27

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#13 posted 09-25-2019 10:31 AM



I m almost feeling guilty with all the workspace I have but Newberry has nothing on Hong Kong (except cheaper real estate!)...
Safe travels.

- mikeacg

Hay we found the pics,
Go at the end of the thread here

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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recycle1943

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#14 posted 09-25-2019 10:40 AM

Anthony, pretty sure I agree with Cheryl – that’s too nice to leave out in the elements. One thing tho, it’ll never rust

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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doubleDD

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#15 posted 09-25-2019 12:33 PM

It’s a shame such a nice bench has to be used outside. I hope you have a long relation with it. Too bad you don’t have access to treated lumber. Enjoy the new workspace.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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