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Restoring an Old Beat Up Workbench


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    MLBMBA 10 ай бұрын +122

    As a woodworker, all I could think was “man I wish I could run the top through my planer before he glued it back together. Could have saved this man hours of sanding.” 😮‍💨

    • BigRed RacingDog
      BigRed RacingDog Ай бұрын +2

      I found one of these old benchtops and am restoring it. Mine was bowed so I cut it in 4 sections with a track saw, then jointed and planed it, and re-glued the pieces. It's dead flat now. My wife doesn't know it yet, but it's going to become her new desk/workspace in her office.

    • Cesare
      Cesare Ай бұрын +1

      I thought he would have used dowels to keep it aligned.

    • Kevin Petersen
      Kevin Petersen 2 ай бұрын +1

      It didn't take him hours using the belt sander she had. Also, a planer reduces thickness, he more than likely would have still sanded in some capacity.

    • The Romanian Egg
      The Romanian Egg 2 ай бұрын +1

      A run trough the planer, a smooth sanding and then some very high temperature resistant epoxy.

    • bobbg
      bobbg 4 ай бұрын +1

      I was thinking the same thing. Or better yet just coat it with epoxy that can take 3000 f temperature the kind you use on kitchen counter tops. I belive the years in a work environment add charter to it.

  • G.A.Krueger
    G.A.Krueger  Жыл бұрын +385

    I’ve worked in a manufacturing environment for nearly 20 years and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to get my hands on one of these old lista benches lol. Nice work, now i need to try harder when i get the chance again. Nice work 👍

    • Gene Ard
      Gene Ard Ай бұрын +1

      Find your local military base 'DRMO' auction site. These things are all over the military and are always collapsing/failing. You can pick them up cheap, especially the folded up ones that need restoration like this one.

    • Rasmus Olsen
      Rasmus Olsen Ай бұрын

      I dont think you have really seen an old beat up workbench 😅👍

    • Ade H
      Ade H 5 ай бұрын

      @meepmeep true

    • Ryan Bond
      Ryan Bond 6 ай бұрын +1

      @The Dusty Shed hell yeah I did. Still works fine. It ain't pretty though. But it's made for work and not looks. I bought a palm sander to sand down the workbench. Its got some nasty splinters and needs cleaned up. I've had it for several years now. Need new wheels too.

    • The Dusty Shed
      The Dusty Shed 6 ай бұрын +2

      @Ryan Bond Nice score. They are great benches and the drawer slides beat anything out there today.

  • murphymb
    murphymb  Жыл бұрын +99

    The steel top is a nice add on . The wood glue is stronger than the wood itself, biscuits or dowels help with alignment and that's about it. If the glue fails in your lifetime, you'll be glad you didn't use either of those. As for wood finish, you did well, any product will need to be touched up or redone in time. Solvent finishes do make the wood look nicer, water based polyurethanes hold up very well and are easy to reapply when needed. The only other upgrade I'd see as useful is a back panel to increase rigidity in the long run. Nuts and bolts will loosen over time and use. I had a metal cart that had nuts, bolts, lock washers. As a job-site cart it got moved frequently, it always needed tightening. Solution, tightened them all one last time, welded every joint and lap, removed nuts and bolts.

    • Anonymous98
      Anonymous98 10 ай бұрын +4

      @Seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him Remember that Jesus worked as a carpenter, skilled at working productively with his hands, as part of his preparation for his ministry.

    • Seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him
      Seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him 11 ай бұрын +6

      Repent to Jesus Christ
      “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
      ‭‭John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • DevengerKott
    DevengerKott 11 ай бұрын +10

    Very nice! Your restoration was spot-on! I would have cut the metal bench surface in half and hinged each piece so I could have dual work surfaces if I wanted, but that's just a preference thing. Otherwise this looked incredible!

  • Richard Sims
    Richard Sims Ай бұрын

    That work bench is too beautiful to work on!! Great restoration!!

  • Tage Nasty
    Tage Nasty Ай бұрын +3

    I enjoyed the entire video, but the creation of your custom emblem was awesome. I didn't realize it was that "easy".
    I was kind of partial to the beat up wood block. The new, sanded, and varnished slab looks nice, but the old surface had more character. Either way, nice work.

  • VESS Machine EN
    VESS Machine EN  Жыл бұрын +2

    I really enjoyed your restoration. I am into manufacturing new machinery but watching old stuff being restored have a special place in my heart.

  • bigtonka82
    bigtonka82  Жыл бұрын +90

    From a wood working perspective it would have been best to use biscuits or dowels to join the split pieces back together and then 3 coats of oil based polyurethane but that's just my opinion though, it turned out really great.

    • Jordan
      Jordan 10 ай бұрын +1

      @Dylan S most people don't own them.

    • Dylan S
      Dylan S 11 ай бұрын +4

      Should have ran them through the planer and jointer while they where split to save on all that sanding!! But maybe he doesn’t own those tools

    • Will S
      Will S 11 ай бұрын +4

      Biscuits and dowels don't do anything structurally, the glue does the heavy lifting, you only strengthen the joints with Dominoes/tongue and groove/mortises/screws but there's no need

    • fire surfer
      fire surfer  Жыл бұрын

      @Riley‘s Woodcraft Not needed. Use clamps.

    • Riley‘s Woodcraft
      Riley‘s Woodcraft  Жыл бұрын +1

      @fire surfer the biscuits would be to help align the pieces

  • pacombhl
    pacombhl 28 күн бұрын

    Could you give more information on those liquids used to prep and rust preservation of the steel sheet? Great video

  • R S
    R S 2 ай бұрын +1

    Looks great, nice job on the restoration. It would be nice to know what products you're using for those of us, not in the know? Keep up the great work.

  • Restore More
    Restore More  Жыл бұрын +8

    Now THAT'S a workbench! I'm so jealous :O Amazing work you done a wonderful job! Looking forward to seeing it in action in future videos :)

  • Bernice Barnes
    Bernice Barnes 10 ай бұрын +5

    WOW! This was so satisfying to watch you redo the whole work bench to its original look. I found it so satisfying...beautiful top...the final touch was the castors. Thank you for sharing this...enjoyed the video very much.

  • Zeke Corder
    Zeke Corder 10 ай бұрын +1

    Nice finished project. A good bench to start with and reasonably well cared for. Other than the top, little damage. Looks good finished.

  • Daniel Mitchell
    Daniel Mitchell  Жыл бұрын

    I have an old lista machinists tool box with the butcher block top and 4 HD casters, the box was probably 20+ years old when I got it and that was 1998, I gave it to my son several years ago (he is a Chrysler Mechanic) but the box could use a good restoration now. Great job you did on the work table.

  • PattyPaints
    PattyPaints 11 ай бұрын +2

    This was a fun watch - I especially enjoyed the dent repairs and reinforced bolt holes. But that hinged top... So wherever you put this thing you'll need to keep the wall totally clear behind it if you ever plan to fold it up - and not cover outlets like where you have it now. And you'll have to figure out how to keep it up while you're working and jiggling the table so it doesn't come slamming back down on you. I was hoping to see some planer magic on that wood top. lol!

  • KC Parks
    KC Parks  Жыл бұрын +1

    Well that turned out gorgeous. Expected nothing less. Great job 👍👌

  • brucejuice39
    brucejuice39 2 ай бұрын

    Great restoration truly. I really hate the red and wish you would have gone back to a newer shade of blue but that's a personal preference. Good stuff

  • G Mason
    G Mason 10 ай бұрын +1

    Great work! There’s nothing more satisfying than doing these types of restoration projects imo… man I gotta get me some of those tools 😂

  • LogiForce86
    LogiForce86  Жыл бұрын +4

    You might wish to check that bottom drawer again. It seems as if it has sagged and it's hitting the bottom of the cabinet as you push it in. It's probably the metal bars that ride on the bearings that are bend upwards a bit.

  • Michael Reeves
    Michael Reeves 2 ай бұрын

    Beautiful job. Somebody mentioned they would have made the metal top hinged in two places. I would have done that too. Just my personal preference as well. Great work.

  • Bob Hope
    Bob Hope 2 ай бұрын

    Nice bench buddy...Im thinking what about fitting the steel top hinges at the front so it acts as a locking plate over the drawers etc...just another take on it, also the hinged steel top back is useful as you could lift it up against a wall and lock in place then you have a splashback or debris barrier...I like stuff that we can multi function...old pieces like this play very well to that...🤟🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • Zeke Corder
    Zeke Corder 6 ай бұрын +1

    Just an idea to consider. Your refinished benchtop is beautiful. I find that within weeks of all that work, my benchtop is looked pretty haggard. I put a sheet of 1/4 inch plywood on my benchtop with a few countersunk screws. When it becomes covered with glue, paint stains, beat up, etc. I can simply change the plywood and have a new benchtop. I then do not have to refinish my benchtop nearly as often. It nearly always stays presentable. Just a thought. A little more difficult if you have benchdog holes or certain vices, but something to consider.

  • Chanda Russell
    Chanda Russell  Жыл бұрын +5

    Well done. It looks great. I’d love to get my hands on one of these old benches.

  • dixonqwerty
    dixonqwerty  Жыл бұрын +1

    Excellent job! That bench looks amazing

  • PQworks
    PQworks  Жыл бұрын +12

    That was a remarkable restoration. It was super satisfying to watch that belt sander grind that wood surface clean again. The surface turned out perfect and the paint job looks really good! That was cool how you made a metal surface that you can put on and that you put a nice bluing on it as well!! You did a perfect job start to finish! Great video!

    • Steve O
      Steve O 10 ай бұрын

      The timber surface was nice before he burnt it welding the hinges on.

  • The Hunter Report
    The Hunter Report  Жыл бұрын +5

    Amazing work!!! Would love to see you show it off a little more in the end 🙌🙌 You deserve it!

  • Damon S
    Damon S  Жыл бұрын +10

    I did something similar back in the day. When you start to reassemble it much easier to do upside down. Place top on the floor with bottom facing upward. You’re not fighting gravity that way. Very nice work, really like the castors!👍🔥

  • bobbg
    bobbg 4 ай бұрын

    Walnut draw frts would look good.
    As for the metal top, if the hinges were installed on the underside of the top and you added strips to lift it off the wood top you could weld on it provided you did something to keep the heat off the wood top and had plenty of support parts then you could fold it up on the wall as a back splash. Pick a wood color you like but it can be thin its just a layer over the metal.

  • Chris Gerry
    Chris Gerry  Жыл бұрын +2

    Looks like my dad's bench in the basement when I was a kid. Same color. Don't know if it's the same thing, very similar. Always nice to see one brought back. You can always use a good, strong bench. 👍

  • Nathan Monahan
    Nathan Monahan 6 ай бұрын +3

    Surprised you didn't replace the lock. Can't imagine it would be too difficult to adapt a newer cylinder to it.

  • Middle Aged Masterpiece
    Middle Aged Masterpiece 6 ай бұрын

    Love the size of this bench and man that gorgeous work top. Wow

  • Dirty Hairy
    Dirty Hairy  Жыл бұрын +1

    Beautiful & solid restoration! That bench will last forever.👍👍👊

  • Ochoch
    Ochoch  Жыл бұрын +1

    Great job with the refurbishment and upgrades. I love the red casters. Happy making.

  • Jeff Ring
    Jeff Ring  Жыл бұрын

    Incredible restoration, awesome bench, I like the metal top .

  • Candace Stevenson
    Candace Stevenson 4 ай бұрын

    I loved the blue paint and was so sad to see it get sanded and powerwashed off - I'm so glad you repainted the metal parts red!!

  • Cliffepoos
    Cliffepoos  Жыл бұрын +1

    Very nice resto job. I'm sure it will give you many years of good use.

  • Bella
    Bella 6 ай бұрын

    Beautifully done,love the red color.

  • Gary Leitz
    Gary Leitz 2 ай бұрын

    You do good work. Very nice job!

  • Yelena Hanna
    Yelena Hanna  Жыл бұрын +1

    Verly nicely done. Makes me think its time to clean up my bench.

  • Matt Peterson
    Matt Peterson  Жыл бұрын

    I got one one of those Lista benches out of my Mother-in-Law's garage! Might have to add a restoration project to my to-do list after this! Beautiful work.

  • Big Freds Customs
    Big Freds Customs  Жыл бұрын +1

    I dig the color change from blue to red!
    Great job!

  • Jim McCormick
    Jim McCormick  Жыл бұрын +1

    While a workbench by nature is supposed to take a beating, still, at some point, they get to the point of "ya know what, workbench? You deserve better!" Great restoration, great modifications!

  • Daniel Zussman
    Daniel Zussman  Жыл бұрын +6

    I love the look of a used wood surface. Nice end result either way though!

  • YepItsBill
    YepItsBill 6 ай бұрын +1

    Excellent work! I hope we get to see a restoration on that Beverly sheer you've got there some day

  • bigrednick100
    bigrednick100  Жыл бұрын

    Very well done. When did you use to make the name plates?

  • mr man
    mr man 10 ай бұрын

    The metal work is very impressive 👍

  • Hedda Acevedo
    Hedda Acevedo  Жыл бұрын +6

    Such a good work. Thank you so much for sharing your restoration. Love the stainless steel cover …great idea.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • ACORN Homestead
    ACORN Homestead 11 ай бұрын

    Nice job. I like the top, personally I would have done the drawers black with the rest red. Especially with the metal top. Brilliant job!

  • Nena
    Nena  Жыл бұрын

    Nice, very nice, love watching your work, it’s always so good!

  • Monty Zumazoom
    Monty Zumazoom Ай бұрын

    Lista is top end stuff, really built to last.
    When putting it together, I find the easiest way is to lay the top on the floor face down (on top of protection) and assemble the legs that way. Saves working from underneath.
    Then just turn the whole thing over. Would also save jacking up the drawer cabinet.
    Brilliant idea with the steel top, hinged as well!
    Good restoration though, great to watch.

  • amystreasures
    amystreasures 11 ай бұрын +2

    Looks good. I would attach a magnet or two on the wall so you can leave rhe bench in place and simply life the metal top off when you want/need to work on the wood surface.

  • Austeration
    Austeration  Жыл бұрын

    Nice project 👍 turned out pretty cool. Well done

  • Nordic Son
    Nordic Son  Жыл бұрын

    Happy to see you save this bench... l worked in a restaurant , in the garage in the back was one of these benchs, it was always cool to go back there and use the "shop" . Would love to be able to grab one now that l have a house and a garage... great work , thank you.

  • The Dusty Shed
    The Dusty Shed 6 ай бұрын

    Just the right amount of restoration. It doesn't need to be perfect, just functional and presentable.

  • Jeffery Collins
    Jeffery Collins  Жыл бұрын

    Very nice restoration
    Nice touch adding the casters and steel top with hinges.

  • Sergeant Peppers
    Sergeant Peppers  Жыл бұрын

    I love the idea of a wood/steel top. I'm gonna do that to my workbench. 👍👍

    THE WORKS SHOP  Жыл бұрын

    Nice work! It's a great bench.

  • Everaldo Lima
    Everaldo Lima  Жыл бұрын +3

    Aqui no Brasil gostamos muito do seus vídeos

  • Slime Privilege
    Slime Privilege  Жыл бұрын

    could you explain the finishing process you did for the tabletop? what grit sandpaper you used, what stain/coat etc. beautiful job!

  • Carl Strohm
    Carl Strohm  Жыл бұрын +3

    Beautiful job. Way more work than I have time for though. My only suggestion is all four casters to be swivel. You even had a prime example in the video. You had to lift the fixed end to get it out. That will be way to hard when it's in use and full. Ask me how I know😉 I switched the fixed casters to swivel and life is better. A little harder to roll straight but way more maneuverable.

  • K Jamison
    K Jamison 5 ай бұрын

    Over three summers, I had to find another desk for a teacher in the workshop. More areas were being used for academic rather than practical lessons. Every year someone had got a brand new modular desk and the old worn beat up desk was being tossed.
    Mostly particle board construction with a veneer, I have new life to those desks with four coats of satin yacht varnish. Each coat was rubbed down and the finish was great.
    Thank you for this video. I have an old workbench in the garage I need to update…

  • marty
    marty  Жыл бұрын

    Beautifully done!

  • Aldito Sorgentini
    Aldito Sorgentini 6 ай бұрын

    awesome work !!! o love the color, the wood, all is so perfect!

  • Ron Steurer
    Ron Steurer 11 ай бұрын +1

    Wood is such a cool medium to work with, all new just a few 32nd's below the surface. Nice job.

  • Janice Rideout
    Janice Rideout Ай бұрын

    Really like that you restore and not modify into something I wasn't meant to be!

  • CluelessKiTTy
    CluelessKiTTy  Жыл бұрын +13

    Great result! The only thing is the undersite of the table... I know it probably won't be seen much but if it were also cleaned the restoration would have been perfect 🙊😄

    • Joey Peter
      Joey Peter  Жыл бұрын +5

      Totally agree with you. The way he did it its only done halfway. The details is what matters

  • Joseph Guccione
    Joseph Guccione  Жыл бұрын +1

    For those that don't know, LISTA is a superior product and worth restoring. Brand new, they are not cheap; look 'em up. Those draws are 100% accessible, i.e., they can be rolled all the way out. You should have put the LISTA label back on.

  • jamie burgess
    jamie burgess 11 ай бұрын +1

    There is something really satisfying for me watching things look new again. I’m thinking of starting a business doing this.

    • Jordan
      Jordan 10 ай бұрын

      And a youtube channel please. These type of videos never get old

  • fox fady
    fox fady 10 ай бұрын

    Finally somebody restoring something gigantic that isnt a vehicle or random stuff and that can genuinely be used for actual work/projects

  • Devin Pz
    Devin Pz 10 ай бұрын

    Pretty good restoration, only thing I think is lacking is the paint job.. seems like that spray paint would chip and not be too durable.

  • Restored Channel
    Restored Channel  Жыл бұрын

    Well done! Nice touch with the metal top👌

  • Barry Linkiewich
    Barry Linkiewich 10 ай бұрын

    Well, not the way I'd have done it, but I'm glad you put it back into service and kept it out of the landfill. A workbench that nice doesn't deserve to go to the trash like so many people would have.

  • liam
    liam 11 ай бұрын

    nice job, what i would have done differently for myself thos is chosen another colour for it seanse the red "screams" a little to much for me. and would have removed all paint before painting it, and chosen either a new blue coat or a gray colour but thats just me and we all like things different. hope you will have good use of it for many years to come

  • AKA Frosty
    AKA Frosty  Жыл бұрын

    Love the result. A couple of things. Why not replace the lock and I would have painted it to match your lathe.

  • RJB
    RJB 6 ай бұрын

    2:22 Good chance to use biscuit joinery.
    Nice restoration. Don't really understand the metal sheet. What holds it up when raised?

  • cmonkey63
    cmonkey63 2 ай бұрын

    I felt like a kid again watching this, it was like no time had passed. Like watching my dad fix stuff. Oh, I'm a middle-aged computer guy now. Truth or Dare: did you paint it red because you had the red wheels lying around? Thanks again.

    • Restoration Station
      Restoration Station  2 ай бұрын

      It matches all the other red toolboxes and vehicle lift. Thanks!

  • tattoosteveneo
    tattoosteveneo  Жыл бұрын

    Love it. Nice job. Only saw one paint run but hey. Gives it character if you ask me.

  • J T
    J T  Жыл бұрын +4

    Great job on the restoration....but I would have treated both sides of the metal top for protection! I would love to have a work bench like that! I haven't seen any like it up here in Canada!

    • S D
      S D  Жыл бұрын

      They are made by a company called Lista.

    • lookingthroughice
      lookingthroughice  Жыл бұрын

      You need to checkout abandoned warehouses, i see them all the time

  • Donald R Ezell
    Donald R Ezell  Жыл бұрын +8

    Love it. I haven't bought a bench like that because they never looked sturdy, but yours seems really solid. Great job

    • The Dusty Shed
      The Dusty Shed 6 ай бұрын

      Those lista workbenches and cabinets are tough as nails. Better than the Snap-on boxes even.

    • ACORN Homestead
      ACORN Homestead 11 ай бұрын

      My guess is the rounded holes were the cause of the play... Reinforced is a good job too!

  • steven guevara
    steven guevara Ай бұрын

    That thing has some great bones. I prefer the original blue. To each His own. Great job

  • Brian Kissel
    Brian Kissel Ай бұрын

    Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  • Kidweh Rex
    Kidweh Rex 5 ай бұрын

    What an awesome old workbench

  • Roydean Smithwilliams
    Roydean Smithwilliams 6 ай бұрын

    you should weld a little handle on the side that can latch to a hook on the wall when you want to lift the metal part and keep it from falling on you.

  • Jeremiah Hair
    Jeremiah Hair  Жыл бұрын +1

    Loved it!!! It is exactly what I want to do

  • OCuana Designs
    OCuana Designs 11 ай бұрын

    Watched this ages ago but had to come back again as I found it so worth while. Thanks dude

  • seventytwo1001000
    seventytwo1001000 2 ай бұрын

    I struggled with this one, the end result was a bench that looked pretty much brand new. However, its a work bench, its supposed to look beat hell. Give it a wash, beat the bad dints out of it and re-glue the top. Job done

  • André Dias
    André Dias  Жыл бұрын

    Muito top 😎👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  • Darrel Eddings
    Darrel Eddings 11 ай бұрын +1

    You should replace at least one caster on each side with a foot pedal lock caster so the bench can be locked in place and won't roll about.

  • Gary Elrod
    Gary Elrod  Жыл бұрын

    Extremely nice work!

  • Ben Nawrath
    Ben Nawrath  Жыл бұрын

    Came out great! Let us know how long it takes until one of the corners of that steel bites you 😁

  • Michael Skinner
    Michael Skinner  Жыл бұрын

    Nice job, and that was a lot of work!

  • eileen bulger
    eileen bulger 6 ай бұрын

    Would love to build a sewing room around that table.

  • Rose Todaro
    Rose Todaro  Жыл бұрын

    That wood too looks amazing!

    DIYREST TUBE 6 ай бұрын

    i would like to have that kind of working bench...good job their..thanks for the video.

  • shottyshot
    shottyshot Ай бұрын

    my favourite part of this: why not both?! amazing video bro thank you

  • scharfer Schnitt
    scharfer Schnitt  Жыл бұрын

    great outcome. I'm sure you looking forward to using that beauty in you future projects

  • David M
    David M 11 ай бұрын

    Well I think the convertible metal top is cool it does mean you cannot put a vise on the table. I would have left an eight or ten inch strip on one side of the table either wood or metal so a vise could be attached.

  • Elmer Mason
    Elmer Mason  Жыл бұрын

    Nice job. Looks like a show piece. Almost too nice to use. Thanks for the video.

  • Ernest Vocell
    Ernest Vocell 5 ай бұрын +1

    Fantastic job.
    I don't remember him asking to use my tools.
    If he asked, I would have suggested bench dog holes.
    Maybe he will be asking to borrow my mag drill for the holes.
    Great job 🤣👍👍

  • CP
    CP 19 күн бұрын

    Awesome restoration. I am about to start a similar projec , not Lista but very similar blue metal frame and 2.25" dirty, greasy maple surface