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#647290 - 04/05/16 5:44 pm Lets call it an Easter Bench  
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Or not !!! shocked

But I did build it on Easter.

Then last sunday I planed it down . Couple hour to build and totally free . Almost free wink

It may not be pretty but it was free to build. Not counting nails and glue of course.

Heavy Duty is an understatement I could barely lift it to plane down the bottom side of the 2 x4s . I only did the underside cause I am thinking about attaching some drawers that I have laying around. Wooden drawers that came from the old kitchen. Any good simple ideas for that plan?






The lumber was free from my brother who unloads trucks at a warehouse that he manages. He managed to save the 2x4 s for me out of the trucks. smile

The 4x4 legs are from a pile of them that came with the farmhouse.

I planed the top down so it was even. It will probably be a splinter maker. Would I stop that with a shellac or something?


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#647296 - 04/05/16 6:01 pm Re: Lets call it an Easter Bench [Re: wadeschields]  
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Find a local metal fab shop and have them cut you a sheet of 16g steel. Make it 1 1/2" wider then the top and and have them put a brake of that dimension to cover the front edge. Drill countersunk holes for bugle head wood screws to hold it in place.


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#647300 - 04/05/16 6:28 pm Re: Lets call it an Easter Bench [Re: wadeschields]  
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That would be nice. I'll look into it. But it wont be free anymore smile


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#647303 - 04/05/16 6:53 pm Re: Lets call it an Easter Bench [Re: wadeschields]  
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I would put a few coats of polyurethane on it. Gotta be harder than shellac.

Go to the local dump/auto junk yard. I bet you could find a piece of 24" X 18" or 24" X 24" piece of steel to attach to one end of the bench.

Attach a nice big vise with some lag screws or carriage bolts. bigt

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#647314 - 04/05/16 8:20 pm Re: Lets call it an Easter Bench [Re: wadeschields]  
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Full sheet of stainless is what you need.
Brake for the front and the backsplash on the rear.

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#647316 - 04/05/16 8:24 pm Re: Lets call it an Easter Bench [Re: wadeschields]  
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I'd polyurethane the top. Then buy a 18 x 24" aluminum baker's tray. Work on your engines and trannys while sitting in the tray. That will protect the surface AND catch all the spilled oil. And be cheaper.


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#647352 - 04/06/16 3:29 am Re: Lets call it an Easter Bench [Re: wadeschields]  
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Many years ago when clearing a construction site I "liberated" a sturdy carpenters bench with the top made of 2"x6" softwood boards.
It has never been covered or treated it in any way other than old/new engine & gearbox spillage.
That faithful servant has been with me these past 30 or more years and is good for many more than I am bigt

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#647379 - 04/06/16 7:21 am Re: Lets call it an Easter Bench [Re: wadeschields]  
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Lookin good, Wade! bigt

Any kind of plywood or melamine coated particle board is also a good way to top the bench. Remember if you coat the top of it, you should also coat all other surfaces to prevent warping.
For the drawers, you could make "L" shapes from 3/4 or 1/2" plywood (verticals) and cleats & 1X2 or anything (horizontals). Space em about 3/8" wider than the drawers. Make your verts about 1" deeper than the drawers and use more strips of anything to act as supports/slides.


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#647386 - 04/06/16 8:05 am Re: Lets call it an Easter Bench [Re: wadeschields]  
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Thanks for the suggestions. Not sure which way I will go. Ill probably start with the cheapest way then improve as I am get flush again.

Tom I am done with your planer and can give it to you on the way through this weekend. Worked a treat!! bigt

Had both sides done in about half an hour. Cleaning up the shavings took longer . Gerry helped. She loves cleaning laughing


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The guy I bought my house from left a workbench made out of 2 X 4s, but with gaps between the planks. I got tired of fishing screws and bolts out of the gaps, so I bought a sheet of thin plywood, and screwed it to the bench top.
Now, if the new top gets badly oil-soaked or beat up, I can just repeat the process with a new sheet of plywood and start over.

I thought about a steel top, but decided "easy to clean, but TOO SLIPPERY."

#647412 - 04/06/16 11:43 am Re: Lets call it an Easter Bench [Re: wadeschields]  
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That was a concern Irish. I Gorilla glued and air gun nailed mine tight. No gaps to speak of really. I may still put a sheet on top of mine or not. I may just use it as is. Or Urethane it. I do have and old Vise to put on it and a bench grinder too. I not going to think about it too much right now. Ive got work to do smile


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Grandpa dude, that's a mighty fine bench you knocked up... bigt

Ifn it was me, I'd go for the sheet of metal idea, Yoda has that on his engine fettling bench, and it's PERFICK.. wink

Work..?

It's not MY Idea is it lad..?? Keep telling ya, Empire State building, one of them little Monkeys, and ya camera. You'll make a mint with all them tourist there, the photographers down at the English seaside, used to have a tiny Monkey, sucking a mint when I was but a lad. They made loads of money, just think what you'd make with the Empire state in the background.. grin

Who don't like a Monkey, just think of that.. wink


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#647443 - 04/06/16 2:38 pm Re: Lets call it an Easter Bench [Re: wadeschields]  
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Top for the bench, could an old/spare interior door work? I made up a bench with large kitchen cabinet we were given and put a door over the top. Worked ok for me, and cost nothing except time.


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Doors are good for somethings but would raise this bench too much. I already came out an inch higher then I thought it was going to. 36 1/2 inches. Thats American inches shocked

I was going for 35


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Half of the stuff I own sits on old doors sitting on two saw horses, "temporarily," for the past 25 years.

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Originally Posted By Irish Swede
, "temporarily," for the past 25 years.


I know the feeling .... I will get to it eventually (what ever it is)


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So I had this cabinet that got bent out of shape when I stupidly got p*ssed off at my son for not helping me unload it off of the roof rack on my Jeep and I drove under my carport. It didnt fit!! shocked Not only did it damage the cabinet but tore off my roof rack too ...... I was not happy. That was a few years ago and I never threw away the cabinet. Just as I was about to do so last week I suddenly got inspired...........

Its metal ..... Its big ....... Ive got a saw ....... Smell the smoke yet?




Nice addition to my bench. Continuing with the free theme since the cabinet was given to me . The Vise was not free.... But I like it



As you can see I finally added the drawers too. Need to make them work smother though.....


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I build cabinets and restore antiques for a living. If you have wood running on wood, sand the contact surfaces smooth, if they're not already, then get some paste wax with carnauba wax in it and be generous with it and buff out when dry. Your drawers will slide really smoothly. Should last a couple of years. If they start dragging again down the road put on some more. It's similar to oil on metal wood never rubs on wood. No friction= no wear. Nice bench. Looks like something you can beat on.

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If you use a hard finish it will crack when the wood shrinks and swells with the season and its a bitch to repair. I use danish oil or something similar"a varnish-oil mix" it will seal the wood but never crack or peel. As RR says you should put some on the bottom and a lot on the ends. You only have to seal it once on the bottom. When mine gets grungy, I wipe it down with thinner and throw on another coat on the top. Wood moves, the thicker the board the the more force it exerts.

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Wade, I was in Maastricht at the weekend and went to a American war cemetery, on the wall was a Shields Kennedy J pvt 16inf 1st div, and I wondered if it might be a relative, from Pennsylvania?

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The organization who maintains the site may have name lists.
http://www.margratenmemorialcenter.org/margraten/index_en.php

They link to a database website:
http://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com/


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Thanks for the link Ger, really interesting stuff there, not sure when I will be in Albertslund again, I think it will be sometime soon beerchug

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Originally Posted By TT John
Wade, I was in Maastricht at the weekend and went to a American war cemetery, on the wall was a Shields Kennedy J pvt 16inf 1st div, and I wondered if it might be a relative, from Pennsylvania?


My name is spelled SCHields . Are you sure that one was spelled SH?


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