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  • #462506
    Darren
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    I have finished my workbench! 😀

    It’s a hybrid of the old YouTube version and this latest version, tailored to the lumber I could get. I rabbeted in the tool well board, for strength, as I wanted the well as deep as possible so I could lay a plane on its side and still use the full depth of the bench.

    It’s all made from recycled 2x4s from OWR in Abingdon.

    The vise is an old quick-release Record 53 I got on ebay, which is excellent.

    Next step is to put a shelf on the lower rails, and then I’m going to fit a Veritas inset vise and dog holes.

    It was great fun. A LOT of work, but great fun. 😀

    Darren.

    #462559
    Nicholas Newble
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    Looks fantastic! I wish we had a wood recycling place near where I live, but nothing that I’ve found.

    #462675
    btyreman
    Participant

    very nice! mine is not as wide as yours, it’s the version from his book working wood 1 & 2, but it’s standing up well after just over a year of abuse, you will love using the bench.

    #462734
    Larry Geib
    Participant

    The bench looks great. Tell us how you like the center well after you have used it a while.

    Nicholas.

    Where do you live? There are reclaimed wood databases online.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by Larry Geib.
    #462746
    Nicholas Newble
    Participant

    Where do you live? There are reclaimed wood databases online.

    Worcestershire I am based – would be keen to know if there IS anything close-ish as I’m all for recycling perfectly useable materials.

    #462784
    Larry Geib
    Participant

    Worcestershire I am based

    Here’s what I found with a quick search on google maps:

    That doesn’t show at least 4 places in the Birmingham- Bromwich areas.

    Here in the Pacific NW that’s like going to the grocery store.

    But I’ll admit it’s not like the 6 places within 5 miles of my house. I live in timber heaven.

    #469936
    hodsoll
    Participant

    Your bench looks wonderful! I hope mine turns out as great yours.

    #483078
    5ivestring
    Participant

    Beautiful job! Lots to be proud of there.

    #489208
    jcat
    Participant

    My version of a Paul Sellers workbench, made from Radiata Pine (standard construction timber here in Oz). As you can see the legs are at a 10 degree angle. Why you ask, cause I like the look and that’s about the only reason. There are no wedges as I’m thinking between the preset angle of the legs, gravity and mass I wont need them, however I did leave room to add them if my theory is rubbish, lol.
    The top is 6’x3′ or 1800 x 900mm, mainly because I do everything on my bench including metal work (with a cover now) so one size has to do all and of coarse no well. I use a carrying tote for many of my tools so I just plonk it on the bench (make use of the depth.) The top is still two piece like Pauls, I just put the well flush with the top and glued the apron to the well piece.
    Great project, flattening laminations was fun? a bit like chewing your own leg off 😉

    Cheers

    #489307
    Ecky H
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    Very nice workbenches indeed. Enjoy it! 🙂



    @jcat

    Thanks for the idea of the angled legs. Due to space restrictions in the cellar, the size of my workbench is limited to 2′ x 4′. Those 10° angled legs will add a lot of longitudinal stability.

    E.

    Veni, vidi, serravi.

    Münster, Germany

    #493499
    jcat
    Participant

    Thanks @eckyh for the comment, Yeah I can report that the bench is solid as a rock, equal to Pauls solid demonstration in the workbench videos. I’m very happy, we’ll see how it goes over time.
    Cheers and luck to all
    jcat

    #548436
    Darren
    Participant

    Thanks for all the kind comments everyone.

    I’ve been using the bench solidly for a few months now and I have to say it’s been great.

    The centre well is fantastic, I’m glad I built it that way. It’s quite deep, so I can put a lot of tools in there and still work as if I had a clear bench.

    I’ve had some challenges with the wedges not dropping on their own, but someone on the forums has given me some great tips on how to address that so I think I can address the problems.

    I have built the shelf for my sharpening kit (as Paul did), and that works very well. I have yet to install the inset vice, but that is on the list for the next month, as is a drawer.

    Cheers

    Darren.

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