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"680 Pound Workbench" Made Out Of Old Growth, White Oak

comments (5) February 9th, 2010 in Reader's Gallery

DennisZongker Dennis Zongker, contributor
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I made my workbench about 8 years ago. It was made out of 100 year old white oak. The Timbers we used for a old beer company in Omaha Nebraska called Falstaff. The Timbers were used to hold up the old beer vats.

Each timber was 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” Square and 8’-0” long. They were very twisted & warped. The man that sold them to me charged me 1.00 per one. So I bought 100 pieces of timber. The Timbers are very heavy, the growth rings are very tight together approximately 1/32” to 1/64” apart which made the timbers very heavy.

I had to mill them flat on are, “Ornamental Milling Machine”. Which we use for lathe work. It has two Axes points and a router mounted on top. When I was done milling each timber and cut to size. I would weight them on a big scale we have here at work for shipping. The total of just the wood alone was 662 pounds.

I was wanting to make a bench that was very heavy, so that when I was carving on the end vise. I wouldn’t get any movement. So I could carve as hard as I can, and the bench never moves. Thanks for Looking.

Design or Plan used: My Own Design - Dennis Zongker

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Comments (5)

JIMSSOLIDWOODPROD JIMSSOLIDWOODPROD writes: Very awesome bench, man you could drive a truck over it nice work.

Posted: 12:03 pm on October 5th

bduffin104 bduffin104 writes: That is one serious bench. I like it!
Posted: 9:42 pm on February 15th

Riveaux Riveaux writes: cool! Got any timbers left?
Posted: 8:53 pm on February 10th

KBick KBick writes: Awesome!
Posted: 9:18 am on February 10th

RalphBarker RalphBarker writes: Wow, now that's a bench, not to mention a great buy on the timber.

I can't imagine doing that much timer on a milling machine, though. You must be a very patient man, Dennis.
Posted: 7:47 pm on February 9th

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