Multi-Function Work Bench

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Blog entry by RPhillips posted 06-10-2020 02:44 AM 534 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this is my second attempt at a blog. I posted one back some time ago for my Roubo Bench build but I didn’t really have the time to keep up with it.

Due to the infamous COVID-19, I am now unemployed and have a lot of time on my hands to begin my journey deeper into woodworking. In the past I have always wanted to develop my skills and become an avid woodworker, but have not had the time or resources available to really pursue any advancement of my skills. While the resources are still fairly limited, time is no longer an issue!

I love all aspects of woodworking: Lutherie, wood turning, steam bending, furniture making, carving, shop jigs, pyrography, etc.. I enjoy both working with power tools as much as working with hand tools. I have built a few small projects, but nothing that momentous. I recently moved and now have a larger work space. Just like many of you, I’ll be taking over the family garage and using it for my workshop.

The new workspace lacked most of the necessities for making it a shop, the two biggest being decent lighting and electrical power. So the first thing I did was upgrade the 20 slot 200 amp panel to a 40 slot 200 amp panel. This would then allow me to add receptacles to the shop. So far I have added about 16 (8-2gang) duplex receptacles, which now gives me power on those two walls where there was no power before. I have room to add 220v power as needed. I also staggered the circuits giving me two circuits at each box. I then added twelve 4500 lumen 5000K LED shop light fixtures. Now the shop is adequately lit.

I built a Roubo style bench and a mobile cart some years ago, as they both still serve me well, I still lack sufficient work space and ample storage. I built a simple cordless tool charging station to house both tools and my charges and this when it really hit me where the focus on my shop needs to be. I was constantly hunting for tools and found my work bench over crowded with tools and materials so I decided that I would build another work space.

I have been looking for years at many different approaches on this topic an decided to go with a large mobile work bench that could also provide me with ample room for assembly and building as well as storage. This bench will also serve as a outfeed table for my table saw. I based my design off of Paoson Woodworking's Multifunction Workbench. If you have never seen his work I stongly suggest check out his channel. I used the basic design elements but will alter it meet my needs. I decided on a dog hole system for the top. I’ll use the Parff jig to layout the 20mm holes in 96mm grid just like the Festool MFT bench. I think this grid system has many uses.

So I spent the last two days designing the bench in Sketchup and creating a cut list to go with it. This will be the first project that I designed from scratch through Sketchup… wish me luck. I’m very nervous about trusting that I got it all right.

Time for me to begin ordering all the materials and get this project underway. I’ll leave you with an image of the Sktchup design. I’ll update this blog as I progress through the build. Taking time out to document the build is a daunting task, much respect to all you makers out there that do this.

Thanks for reading.


-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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