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My old workbench fell apart and I saved the oak frame with the doors. I built drawers for the false fronts. I also had to rebuild the entire workbench from scratch. This is the result. I'm very happy with the result! :)

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Comment by Lorrie on August 6, 2013 at 6:59pm

Thanks so much Claude.  :)

Comment by Claude Bradford on August 6, 2013 at 2:41pm

Your work bench looks great, functional and sturdy. Great work on giving new life to old stuff. I'm sure this will serve you well for a long, long time.

Comment by Lorrie on August 5, 2013 at 12:20am

Thanks Leslee.  I get ideas from this website and also from magazines.  I jot down some of the ideas I have in my head and when I'm satisfied that I know what I'm going to do, I start building.  It is kind of a "build as I go" but with a plan in mind. (if that makes any sense!)  Thanks for your kind words! :)

Comment by Leslee on August 4, 2013 at 11:58pm

Lorrie, You did a nice job on your versatile workbench. You made a worthless piece of junk into a well-organized workbench. You thought it through what you needed to make your days or nights a happy and pleasant while doing woodworking. I really like your idea and not using plans that takes some talent.  Thanks for sharing your project. Very well done.

Comment by Lorrie on August 4, 2013 at 11:08pm

Thanks David.  It was definitely a learning experience.

Comment by Lorrie on August 4, 2013 at 11:04pm

Thanks so much Jay!  Coming from you, that is quite a compliment! Thanks for noticing all of the things that went into the workbench.  I started working with the oak frame that I salvaged from the old bench.  I originally was going to build the workbench with fold out tables like the 2 x 4 workbench that was posted not too long ago. As I was building it, I decided it would be better for me to not have the fold down tables and be able to access things from the front and back of the bench. I also like the size of the bench top.  I put some thought into how I was going to use it.  I really appreciate all of your nice comments!  Your work is awesome and I hope that someday I will be able to build real furniture.  Hopefully this workbench will help me accomplish that goal. LOL  :)

Comment by David Dean on August 4, 2013 at 10:56pm

nice work and well planed out to.

Comment by Jay Boutwell on August 4, 2013 at 10:29pm

Lorrie, so the old work bench fell apart and you have rebuilt it.  Looking at the before and after photos it is good that it did fall apart.  It was replaced by one that will not be falling apart. When looking at this bench the words that come to mind that fits it are "superb" and "spectacular".  Not only is it a bench with excellent qualities it has some unique and definite good ideas built into it.  The bench end with the idea of being able to remove a tool and replace it with a slip in piece that makes the top a flat full bench top that is useable for bench work.  I like the idea of the total rebuild of the under carriage giving this bench a full floor foot print with the six casters under the bench that spread the weigh to a firm contact with the floor.  It would be easily moveable  when needed. I see that it has both enclosed storage in the cabinet as well as drawers and open shelves.  I noted the extra addition of the open box type containers in the bench that will allow extra storage giving this bench a full storage to the front, back and to one end. So much better that having a bench that only has a front that is accessible for storage.

I also noted the "t" track system in the top and the fact that if runs across the bench from front to rear which is actually a great idea as it allows the clamping of items at different location across the entire width of the bench. 

I also like the inside drawer located in the inside storage that can be used for keeping specialized tools that are subject to damage if placed in a upper drawer.  Things that are sensitive to being harmed by other tools such as tri squares, small levels. chisels and other precision tools can be well protected.  It is also nice as you can still store other items on top of the drawer.

Something I noted in your comments is that you build this using scrap and items for old cabinets and that you have built this from your own ideas without a plan.   Because of all of the above reasons coupled with the knowledge that this is only about your third project from  your beginning of woodworking, is why I say that this bench is "superb" and "spectacular".  It not only looks good but it is has an amazing grouping of ideas that most woodworkers would like to have. 

You keep this up and you will go a long ways in woodworking.  Very nice job.  Thank you for posting and sharing your work.   

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