Saturday, December 3, 2011
I needed a very sturdy bench to mount my mill. I could buy one but they are expensive and not heavy enough. So I built this one in September 2011. The legs are concrete block. Each block is cemented together and the hollows in the block are filled solid with concrete. I sunk two pieces of rebar into each leg to help hold everything together. I left the rebar sticking out of the top of the blocks. The top is a 1/2" x 24" x 36" steel plate left behind by a road crew. I progressively drilled four holes in the top to coincide with the rebar in the legs. I set the top over the rebar and welded the top to the rebar to make everything one solid piece. I cut and ground the rebar flush and bolted my mill to the top. I built an identical bench for my lathe. The benches are rock solid. I never have to worry about vibration. All pieces were found for free, the only thing I paid for was the concrete mix. Now I just need to find a good industrial epoxy paint to cover the top.