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Posted on Converting an old desk to a workbench?

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#1 posted 07-21-2015 02:23 AM

I’ve seen old desks repurposed as work benches for several different crafts.
If it is old enough to be solid hardwood it will make a fine brnch.
A friend of mine bought 4 trailer truck loads of solid oak desks that were built in the 1940s and 1950s.
They came from a “Mental Hospital” that had been closed and the equipment and furniture liquidated.
I bought 4 of them for $25 apiece. Still have two of them. The other two were so big and heavy I just left them with the property when I sold it. They all could have been made into work benches.
Your’s looks like a good sturdy old desk.
If I was to make a workbench out of that desk I’d add another top above the existing one. Two reasons for that. 1. To get the top at a good work height. I like my bench about 34 1/2” high. Most desks are only 30” high.
2. So I could put dog holes in the work top and then not have chips and dust fall into the drawers. That stuff would fall on the bottom top.

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