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Workbench build in an Afternoon?

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Some of the pictures of this little pjoject.  That  stepladder served as a bench during the build.  The patio table held the few tools i used for this.  The saw is an old Craftsman 7-1/4" all-metal circular saw, and a couple hand saws.   Visegrip finger clamps do nicely to hold things in place while i was working on them.   A rebuilt De6c worked on the legs a bit.

Have a very small basement workshop, nicknamed The Dungeon Shop.    Needed some sort of bench to work on projects with.     Did a bit of dumpster diving, found a couple 2xs from an old waterbed framed, a couple 2x4s scraps,  and the hinge rail from an old door.   Might be able to make something out of these?  

 

One 2x10 plank was ripped down to make the four legs.    1-1/2' thick, by 4" wide.    Maybe 33" long.    A #6 handplane to erase the saw marks.     Made some sut kerfs about 4" from the bottoms of the legs.   knocked out the waste, and chisel flat.     Some 2x2 scrap was then added to form a stretcher between two legs.  

Mean while...A top was being worked out.   A 5' length of that old waterbed frame was getting some legs.  Some, I made a few notches for the legs to be screwed to the top.    A few 2" long screws to fasten each leg assembly to the top.   Then an apron was cobbled together.    Door rail was cut to length, and a lap joint rebate cut on each end.   Same with a 2x4.    the ends were left alone.     More screws.    There was to be a tool tray along the back.    Found a piece of 3/4 plywood footboard, sized it for the tray's bottom.    Added a couple cleats to hold the tray.  

 

Feet?   Well, there were some door rail left over, so some squares were made.    two pieces of 1x6 pine scrap were screwed to the bottoms of the legs, then the feet were added to the pine scraps.    Grabbed a jack plane to level the top off.     Moved the bench to the Dungeon shop.     Added a leg vise using a 2x6 chop, and an old pipe clamp.    Added a Crochet made from a chunk of barn wood.    Total cost?  One box of 2" screws @ $7.     Time to complete the main bench?  One warm and sunny Sunday afternoon on the back porch's patio.    The two vises took maybe that long, again. 


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