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I need to purchase a number of heavy duty woodworking tables for a school. I was wondering if anyone here knows of a vendor who sells them. I've only been able to find one vendor who sells quality tables. Canadian Woodworker. There must be more. Thanks!
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How much do you want to spend per table? Pine or hardwood? With vises? If so, what kind of vises?

The one i just built (based on a Roubo style) cost me about $125 for the wood. I used 2x6 framing lumber (pine) for everything. The vises were about $75. It is very heavy duty ... 8 feet long and 24 inches wide, and weighs about 350 pounds. I bet it would easily support a couple thousand pounds.

If you want hardwood, the material alone will cost much more. I'd be surprised if you could get them for less that $500 each.

Here is my thread about my bench. I could build some for you if you want ... this is a hobby for me, not a profession, so I work pretty cheap.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/ro...-build-172394/

... turning perfectly good wood into firewood every day ... :smile3:
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Hi Chris, Thanks for the offer! We need 25 benches so it might take you a while. The school district would only buy from an established company, and we need them in the next few weeks.
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Hi There,

I need to purchase a number of heavy duty woodworking tables for a school. I was wondering if anyone here knows of a vendor who sells them. I've only been able to find one vendor who sells quality tables. Canadian Woodworker. There must be more. Thanks!
In the USA woodworking classes are almost defunct. There are auctions for used school equipment in various states and Federal sites. It might be a worthwhile effort to check for them.

For example search for State of Mich school auction.....
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,mi/browse/allcat

AND:
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/inde...l_shop_eq.html

OR:
https://www.governmentauctions.org/a...I#.WZYftbjkoXg

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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In the USA woodworking classes are almost defunct. There are auctions for used school equipment in various states and Federal sites. It might be a worthwhile effort to check for them.

For example search for State of Mich school auction.....
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,mi/browse/allcat

AND:
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/inde...l_shop_eq.html

OR:
https://www.governmentauctions.org/a...I#.WZYftbjkoXg

Thanks for the info!
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Do you have a SAMS Club anywhere near you?

They sell some pretty nice work benches.

If you "google" heavy duty workbench you will get lots of hits from companies.

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I've heard of people having good luck with the hardwood countertops from Ikea. If you've got a miter saw, table saw, and electric drill/driver, you could probably come up with a pretty quick to build 2x4 frame, and mount the countertops on top. Doubled 2x4 for legs, cut out mortises for stretchers before you glue them, and fasten everything in place with lag bolts. They won't be pretty, but I'd expect you could set up a production line and have the frames built in a week or so.

You didn't mention size, but you could also find a company that makes custom desks, and ask them to fit tops with a foot or so of overhang on each end, then just bolt vises to them. I'd prefer wood (both for looks and interaction with sharp edges), but it might be faster.
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How much money can you spend? Most of the woodworking supply stores like Rockler or equipment suppliers like Grizzly sell workbenches.
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Hi Chris, Thanks for the offer! We need 25 benches so it might take you a while. The school district would only buy from an established company, and we need them in the next few weeks.
If I knew exactly what you wanted a couple weeks would be plenty of time at work.

Pick a table with a price and see where it goes...
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