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Forum topic by MedicKen posted 06-21-2011 02:35 PM 1521 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2011 02:35 PM

I ran across this on another forum and thought I would share here. Some very nice and interesting workbenches

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#1 posted 06-21-2011 02:46 PM

Those are very nice looking benches, though I am not sure I understand the utility of those miter slots in the cast iron surface.

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#2 posted 06-21-2011 03:03 PM

That Walnut used in the first bench must cost a pretty penny, to say the least. Geez, I had/have ~$5—600 in my much cheaper (>$2.25/BF) workbench that I completed this year. At this point I cannot fathom putting all that Walnut in a workbench,... in a bookcase, a desk, etc. then OK, but a workbench?...

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#3 posted 06-21-2011 05:38 PM

Minorhero, they are t-slots for hold downs and clamps or whatever else one might have or make that will work in a t-slot.

Very cool! Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 06-22-2011 11:19 PM

Beautiful workbench – but I’d be afraid to do any work on it!

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#5 posted 06-22-2011 11:45 PM

crazy nice – but I’m with Donny – would be too scared to mess it up working on it

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#6 posted 06-22-2011 11:47 PM

You ever go into someone’s house & see a high end Viking/Wolf/etc., range, but you KNOW that they don’t do any cooking on it?

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#7 posted 06-23-2011 02:19 AM

Very unique workbench, but since I do most of my work with oak, I would worry about the cast iron top turning my wood black.

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#8 posted 06-23-2011 11:42 AM

Some folks say a craftman’s tools are an indication of the quality of work the craftman is capable of.
I’ll admit I may fall into that logic sometimes.
Like, when I look at the Henry Studley tool chest, I assume Mr Studley was capable of some very fine work.
Then, on the other hand, I have to wonder, how did he have that much free time and money on his hands to construct such a tool chest? Then I think, his work must have been very expensive for him to afford a chest like that.
My workbench is made mostly of plywood. Does that say anything about me? It might not be what you think. It really looks like a Roubo style bench with its 3 1/2” thick top and 4” square legs flush to the outer edges of the top.. I built it to be heavy and strong and easy to clamp work to; and it suits my needs.
Maybe folks with these elaborate tool chests and furniture grade workbenches have a different need.

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