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My new (used) workbench for $300

by Axle505
posted 08-19-2016 12:19 AM


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Kelly

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#1 posted 08-19-2016 01:14 AM

Looks nice and it seems not at all a bad deal.

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#2 posted 08-19-2016 01:18 AM

Is the top as thick as the apron? I dont know your locality, but seems a bit high$, $200 in my market would be about right, no lower cabinet or drawers, but you could build a fit in modual cabinet with drawers/ shelves to insert below the top.

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Axle505

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#3 posted 08-19-2016 01:37 AM

Oh, SoCal. A Sjoberg table here is a $550 for less than half the size. The vices alone are $300 retail. Yes, on the apron. Or, it has none—if I understand you.

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#4 posted 08-19-2016 01:43 AM

I think you got ripped off my man. But since I’m such a nice guy ill buy it from you for what you paid. That way you’re not out anything :)

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#5 posted 08-19-2016 01:52 AM

Awfully nice of you JW, but I think I’ll keep her for the moment and cut my losses!

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#6 posted 08-19-2016 02:03 AM

Doug Fir is a hard and dence Conifer Wood, but soft in MHO for a bench top. Makes nice legs and rails for a hard wood top. I will stand by my original post, $100 to much based on my local.
I made mine, 30” deep, 72” wide/long, Doug Fir legs and upper and lower rails. 3/4”OSB with a 1 1/8 High Density Particle Board bench top, glued and screwed together, with a 1/4” Masonite Tempered screwed on layer.
Made a lower cabinet with drawers and shelves, all said and done, about $300, plus a CL $35 wood vice with quick release.

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#7 posted 08-19-2016 02:15 AM

This was my model, as I said different top material, and the lower space I put in/filled it with a modular cabinet, drawers on one side shelving with slide out rails on the other side.
https://www.woodstore.net/plans/shop-plans/workbenches/1665-Traditional-Workbench.html

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#8 posted 08-19-2016 02:17 AM

That’s a beautiful bench.

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#9 posted 08-19-2016 02:24 AM

That’s a real nice looking bench. My only beef is the OSB shelf. I absolutely hate OSB and in spite of that it’s what I used for the walls and ceiling in my garage. Go figure.

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#10 posted 08-19-2016 02:28 AM

At some point I’ll replace it. Yeah. Right now, I’m gonna clean it up and flatten it.

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#11 posted 08-19-2016 03:07 AM



At some point I ll replace it. Yeah. Right now, I m gonna clean it up and flatten it.

- Axle505

What the top or lower shelf?? if the top flatten and get Masonite Tempered Masonite board for a hard top and sacrificial, if just screwed on with counter sunk flat heads so yoou dont harm a plane blade.

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#12 posted 08-19-2016 03:10 AM

The lower self.

Hm. Masonite….

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#13 posted 08-19-2016 03:29 AM


The lower self.

Hm. Masonite….

- Axle505

Well I was referring to the top, whey flatten a lower shelf?

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#14 posted 08-19-2016 03:38 AM

Sorry, got confused.

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#15 posted 08-19-2016 03:44 AM


Doug Fir is a hard and dence Conifer Wood, but soft in MHO for a bench top. Makes nice legs and rails for a hard wood top. I will stand by my original post, $100 to much based on my local.
I made mine, 30” deep, 72” wide/long, Doug Fir legs and upper and lower rails. 3/4”OSB with a 1 1/8 High Density Particle Board bench top, glued and screwed together, with a 1/4” Masonite Tempered screwed on layer.
Made a lower cabinet with drawers and shelves, all said and done, about $300, plus a CL $35 wood vice with quick release.

- nightguy

Forgot to say, that I bordered the top with 2” White Ash the same thickness as the finished top.

Forgot to say, that I bordered the top with 2” White Ash the same thickness as the finished top.

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#16 posted 08-19-2016 04:02 AM



Found it in the local classifieds.

—Rockler vices
—select Douglas Fir
—homemade and weighs a ton! (Well, it s heavy…)
- Axle505

Nice looking bench. That should last your lifetime, and possibly, someone elses. Not to shabby for $300.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#17 posted 08-19-2016 04:13 AM

Thanks! I hope so. I know it’s not perfect—but it’s my first woodworking bench. And, I still have money to eat.

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#18 posted 08-19-2016 04:29 AM


Found it in the local classifieds.

—Rockler vices
—select Douglas Fir
—homemade and weighs a ton! (Well, it s heavy…)
- Axle505

Nice looking bench. That should last your lifetime, and possibly, someone elses. Not to shabby for $300.

- MT_Stringer

I sure hope that long over hang on the vice side does not make it rocky when something is in the vice and doing some hand work that might be down pressure.

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#19 posted 08-19-2016 04:42 AM

I’ll keep it in mind—seems like it would take a lot of pressure though.

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#20 posted 08-19-2016 05:04 AM



I ll keep it in mind—seems like it would take a lot of pressure though.

- Axle505

Might be okay, I did not notice the over hang on the other side to off set the other side, I think you will be okay. Not a hater, just devils advocate!!

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#21 posted 08-19-2016 05:30 AM

No, it looks like you have a lot of experience. Thank you. For me, it’s just been a hobby for the last two years. But I’m enjoying the hell out of myself, and maybe I’ll do this into semi-retirement someday.

These cell phones have wide-angle lenses. It looks longer than it really is, I think.

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#22 posted 08-19-2016 06:27 AM



No, it looks like you have a lot of experience. Thank you. For me, it s just been a hobby for the last two years. But I m enjoying the hell out of myself, and maybe I ll do this into semi-retirement someday.

These cell phones have wide-angle lenses. It looks longer than it really is, I think.

- Axle505

Enjoy, it is a life long hobby if you dont get bored or run out of projects. I made all my furniture minus the recliner, and may make a Morris one, but many M&T joints, I have seen some with less but too modern looking for my taste. Cell phone? Or a camera that is a phone? Wish I had a smart one, easier then taking a camera pic, down load it into the pic app then save to desk top to recoup it to post. Smart phone, take pick, send it to my email then just post.

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#23 posted 08-19-2016 07:06 AM

Nice find! Some folks are just [email protected]?

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#24 posted 08-19-2016 11:33 AM

Good pick up and well worth what you paid, especially when you consider the time to buy vs build.

As far as the Doug Fir top goes, there are different philosophies about workbench top material. Some like a very hard surface that wears well, others prefer a softer wood so that if you drop a workpiece, the softer workbench gets dinged instead of the piece you are working on. Paul Sellers has a couple blog series on how to build a bench out of SPF construction lumber and there are many of us on Lumberjocks that have and use softwood benches. Go use it to make some sawdust.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#25 posted 08-19-2016 12:05 PM


Doug Fir is a hard and dence Conifer Wood, but soft in MHO for a bench top. Makes nice legs and rails for a hard wood top. I will stand by my original post, $100 to much based on my local.
I made mine, 30” deep, 72” wide/long, Doug Fir legs and upper and lower rails. 3/4”OSB with a 1 1/8 High Density Particle Board bench top, glued and screwed together, with a 1/4” Masonite Tempered screwed on layer.
Made a lower cabinet with drawers and shelves, all said and done, about $300, plus a CL $35 wood vice with quick release.

- nightguy

What a dick.

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#26 posted 08-19-2016 01:42 PM

I second Gargey’s notion…. not cool.
I say good find and happy woodworking. If I could say my two cents: nobodies first workbench is ever someone’s last workbench. EVER. Use the hell out of it; enjoy it, see what you like and dislike; make notes of what you’d what in your next bench. At first glance, it may appear a little light if you’re a hand tool guy it could walk a little bit during some tasks, but hey, that’s what you need to determine. Good find brother, and make some awesome projects!

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#27 posted 08-21-2016 06:25 AM

Time to flatten things…

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#28 posted 08-21-2016 06:54 AM


Doug Fir is a hard and dence Conifer Wood, but soft in MHO for a bench top. Makes nice legs and rails for a hard wood top. I will stand by my original post, $100 to much based on my local.
I made mine, 30” deep, 72” wide/long, Doug Fir legs and upper and lower rails. 3/4”OSB with a 1 1/8 High Density Particle Board bench top, glued and screwed together, with a 1/4” Masonite Tempered screwed on layer.
Made a lower cabinet with drawers and shelves, all said and done, about $300, plus a CL $35 wood vice with quick release.

- nightguy

What a dick.

- gargey

I guess you know the value in my neck of the woods on CL. At least I was not calling him a dick for paying $300 for it. Just what it cost me to make mine with a lower cabinet, with 4 drawers and 2 slide out shelves, and $70 ish of that part was in drawer guides. I hope you are having a better night tonight!!!

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#29 posted 08-21-2016 07:05 AM


Found it in the local classifieds.

—Rockler vices
—select Douglas Fir
—homemade and weighs a ton! (Well, it s heavy…)

- Axle505

I think that is a good buy for the money – should last a whole lot longer than a bench laminated from MDF and hardboard :)

There is nothing wrong with softwood for a bench. It is kinder to work pieces.

For hand planing you may need to add some mass. If so, that could take the form of a set of drawers (with tools) that you build in at some stage.

Regards from Perth

Derek

-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at http://www.inthewoodshop.com

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#30 posted 08-21-2016 07:28 AM


Found it in the local classifieds.

—Rockler vices
—select Douglas Fir
—homemade and weighs a ton! (Well, it s heavy…)

- Axle505

I think that is a good buy for the money – should last a whole lot longer than a bench laminated from MDF and hardboard :)

There is nothing wrong with softwood for a bench. It is kinder to work pieces.

For hand planing you may need to add some mass. If so, that could take the form of a set of drawers (with tools) that you build in at some stage.

Regards from Perth

Derek

- Derek Cohen

Thats what I did in that lower area, built a carcase that slipped in there with 4 drawers on one side and slide out shelves on the other, for handy tools and things.

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#31 posted 08-21-2016 02:02 PM

Where I live you dont buy much for $300.
I think you got a very good deal.
Maybe some can buy material cheaper…..add labor to it and !
You will get a lot of use from the bench…...enjoy

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Axle505

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#32 posted 08-21-2016 05:58 PM

Thank you! I appreciate it!

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#33 posted 08-21-2016 09:57 PM

If it turns out to be too light, put a cabinet in the bottom and load it with tools. Or load the shelf with bricks (which may also be used for weight-clamping).

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#34 posted 08-21-2016 10:16 PM

Great buy, love the look of it too. Masonite for drawer bottoms, not for bench tops; it’s durable but not great for work holding. +10 for a lower cabinet. I did the same (blog series here on LJs) and haven’t looked back.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#35 posted 08-21-2016 11:26 PM

Great buy, figure there is $300 worth of materials in there and you received free build labor.

Definitely place a small chest below, but remember to keep some room for the holdfasts. I held mine a few inches lower, but in retrospect would have held it even lower as I still place items on top of the chest of drawers and hit those items with my holdfasts.

I also think the wood choice for your top is common. You would rather dent your bench than your project. If the original guy used thinned BLO for the finish, then you can refinish once a year or so.

Good Luck

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#36 posted 08-22-2016 03:36 AM

Thanks for the encouragement and advice guys!

So, planing and orbital sanding later, I found the need to knock off the edges to eliminate a gradual cup in the table. I used a level to detect where I needed to do this by sliding a piece of paper under it and marking where the paper stopped.

The idea is to keep repeating things until I can’t slide paper easily under the level. Still working on it…

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#37 posted 08-22-2016 03:52 AM

Nice pics, nice to see the man behind the $300 bench!!!!!!

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#38 posted 08-22-2016 04:05 AM

$300 bucks worth of fun! (Seems like everything, new or used, needs modifying anyway.) I thought about using the sled-jig-router method for flattening, which looks very cool, but I think I’d spend more time on preparing the system than just using planes and elbow grease instead. Also, I’ve got an Army locker that’s gonna work well on that bottom shelf.

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#39 posted 08-22-2016 03:25 PM

That bench is already a lot flatter than mine. Nice attention to detail.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#40 posted 08-22-2016 03:28 PM

Thanks! Great quote—LOL!

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#41 posted 08-22-2016 06:08 PM



—homemade and weighs a ton! (Well, it s heavy…)
- Axle505

Hmmm..after looking at your picture, I have this tidbit to offer concerning the space under the bench. My workbench is fashioned out of 2×4’s and other stuff. I also had an area under the bench that didn’t do anything but collect things I dropped on the floor and couldn’t find.

One day I had an idea. I collected the various pieces of material I had laying around and built a roll out drawer that fits under the bench. I have it loaded with clamps. Believe me, it works great!

Here is the link.
http://lumberjocks.com/MT_Stringer/blog/37503

Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#42 posted 08-23-2016 04:56 PM

That’s flatter than mine too I think that’s fair for the money. The vices are worth it and from what I have gathered from your other posts hand tool wood working is relatively new to you so buying this was also probably helpful, good plane practice too. Keep that blade sharp.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#43 posted 08-23-2016 05:24 PM

Thanks—it’s nice to finally have one. Was waiting for a classifieds ad to come through.

So, here it is—done. I used a poly covering on the legs and bottom shelf, and Formby’s Tong Oil on the top. Now I got to clean up the garage!

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