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I was on the website for Lehman's, a supplier that specializes in Amish-oriented goods (which often also work well for the self-sufficiency market in general), and cam across an Amish-made "Maple Work Table" (photo attached), which I'm considering for use as a workbench.

Has anyone else on the forum used this table? Figured I may as well add the collective knowledge of the "hive" to my decision-making.

(BTW, Lehman's is here: Lehmans.com)

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Hi Bob,

That is a beautiful workbench for sure. Were you going to build it or purchase it? A little pricey, but aren't they all?

Being a handtool junky, I have a few concerns on the bench. I would like to see the top be around 3" thick and the total weight at least 250-300 lbs to keep it from racking when using hand planes. Also, the poly finish is not the best choice when you go to flatten the top surface, oil would be better suited. The design is very attractive and the fact that it is all maple is a plus. The straight to the floor legs would not be stable and could benefit with a more standard woodworking bench design.

A good picture to hang on to in case someone wanted to build their own and bring the standards a little higher.

Personally Bob, I would pass on the purchase, but building it yourself would be cool
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You can get tops from Grizzly, and build your own bases.

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Thanks both for your input. To tell the truth, I've had Amish-made furniture and horse-related equipment (harness and carts) and have been very impressed... but the poly did give me pause, as did both the lack of any space between top and cabinets.

That said, I was comparing this cost against what was about $300 for a maple top purchased locally; last time I checked online, I found NOTHING like those prices on Grizzly tops!

Can anyone vouch for the quality and flatness of the Grizzly slabs?

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HI Bob

You may want to take a peek at the links below,it's not Maple but it's not 600.oo dollars.. like the Lehman's, you can add your own cabinet doors easy

- Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices
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I was on the website for Lehman's, a supplier that specializes in Amish-oriented goods (which often also work well for the self-sufficiency market in general), and cam across an Amish-made "Maple Work Table" (photo attached), which I'm considering for use as a workbench.

Has anyone else on the forum used this table? Figured I may as well add the collective knowledge of the "hive" to my decision-making.

(BTW, Lehman's is here: Lehmans.com)

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Thanks, Bob.

Right now I'm leaning towards the Grizzly slab and building my own base, along the lines of a set of plans (similar to the Lehman's bench) in a book on workbenches. Since I have to complete putting the garage back together before that project, I still have time to make a final decision, though.
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Lehman Hardware, Kidron, Ohio been there many times, fascinating place. A bit pricy as Bob said but he sells mostly to tourist any more but it used to be Amish. His prices weren't so bad before the tourist started coming from Cleveland to see the Amish and take pictures. That is a big NO NO for the Amish. As they say "we don't photograph".

Jay Lehman is my wife's first cousin. If you are ever there check out the license plates from the different states that say "Kidron". If you see one from Texas that was ours. It is my plan to give him one from Oklahoma and Georgia when we are up there.

Order a catalog from him, the hand tools are fascinating. All the tools you need to prepare a beam for a barn raising, and yes they still do that. They can have a barn up in about 6-8 hours, that includes doors roof and windows. Yep been there and seen it done and it is worth the time.

We have three Amish families that we have gotten close to and visit when there. I could go on but who would read it? Just fascinating to see this post and Lehman Hardware. BTW his catalog used to be he "Electric Free Catalog" most Amish don't use it even today.

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Hey Jerry,

Not to detract from the OP, but I would listen. I grew up not too far from Lancaster and Strasburg PA, better known as Amish country. They are amazing people, no cars (horse and buggy), no electric, and they build everything by hand. Never saw a barn raising in person, but have seen plenty that were built that way. Not a single one I have ever met that I wouldn't want in a life boat with me. Good Folk, salt of the earth.

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Interesting to see the OT discussion, doesn't bother me in the slightest. I know that the transition from selling Amish goods to the Amish to selling Amish goods to all to selling goods (some Amish) to tourista can be a slippery slope... At least Lehman's does provide some hard-to-fine, high quality stuff.

(BTW, the table that started this discussion is in fact described as Amish-made, which to me still denotes durability and high quality of workmanship. )
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Hi Bob

You should make your own , it's can be a simple 4' x 8' ,3 layer MDF work bench that works the best I think,, the work bench you will have for a very long time ,tools will come and go over the years but the work bench is one you will have..

The Maple/Oak are nice but are a bit small the normal they are so nice you will not want hammer on it not to say anything about glue do you want a work bench or some shop furniture ..?

Once you have a 4' x 8' MDF bench and it's gets a little ruff just put one more layer on it...quick and easy,,,I have one and it holds tons of junk on it now and it's time to clean it off, I have some 1/4" glass on it now for clamp-ups/glue-ups etc.

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