The Great Garage Reorganization and Shop Improvement Act #9: Getting benched and board (pegboard that is)

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Blog entry by captkerk posted 08-21-2010 08:10 PM 3234 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: A Little Extra Support Part 9 of The Great Garage Reorganization and Shop Improvement Act series Part 10: The workbench »

I finally got around to a little more work in the garage/shop. I started building a new workbench and I finally got some pegboard put up.

First, the workbench. I wanted to rebuild my existing workbench to make the top a little bigger and so I could add a vise and bench dogs. As I was contemplating how to do this, a Shop Notes magazine came in the mail with a nice, inexpensive design that I thought would work well for me.

Torsion box workbench

I got started on it and it was coming along just fine.

But then I made a mistake and glued on the edging for the top after accidentally drilling the wrong size dog holes in the edge rail (grabbed the wrong size bit in haste). After that, it has been slow to complete. I do have it together and the vise is on, but I still need to true up the end-edges of the top so I can attach the perimeter edging permanently. Then I just need to so some chamfering and it will be done. Once I finish that, I will have more pics. In the meantime, it has been put in its place until I get what I need to finish it.

I did get my miter saw moved over to it’s new location and put up some pegboard as well.

It was my intention all along to cover over the electrical work I did with some pegboard panels and I think it worked out pretty well. The conduit is hidden and the boxes sit just a little proud of the pegboard surface.

Now I just need to get my stuff organized and put up there.

In the future, I still plan to build a longer miter saw bench with storage cabinets beneath, but for now, moving the existing bench gets me closer to going back to building non-shop projects.

I still have upgrades planned for dust collection including plumbing in a central system and improving collection at the router table and miter saw. I’m just not sure what will get done next. I have a rocker to build before christmas.

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#1 posted 08-21-2010 11:12 PM

Looking good :)

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#2 posted 08-21-2010 11:56 PM

looks really good! You can come and organize my shop any day!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 08-22-2010 12:02 AM

nice clean shop looks fun to work in

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#4 posted 08-22-2010 12:34 AM

Love to see an organized shop. Thanks for posting. Great looking shop.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 08-22-2010 03:00 AM

I was going insane with the mess in the garage before I started this undertaking. The end is finally in sight and I will be a much happier woodworker working in an orderly shop.

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#6 posted 08-22-2010 06:07 AM

This is looking really good. I like what you did with the pegboards to cover the electrics.
Have a look at the french cleat video that the woodwisperer did:

It is a good looking way to hang cabinets in the shop…just a thought

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#7 posted 08-22-2010 12:47 PM

Wow what a transformation.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 08-22-2010 02:14 PM

Super progress!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#9 posted 08-22-2010 03:53 PM

I thought of doing a french cleat system or even the modified french cleat system I saw in American Woodworker. Since I got the pegboard for free from my in-laws, I figured I would take some of the ideas from that American Woodworker article and others and make pegboard accessories by screwing L-hooks into the racks, shelves, holders, etc. to fit in the pegboard. Once I make a few of these items, I’ll be sure to do an update.

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#10 posted 08-23-2010 08:01 AM

Oh wow, thanks for that link, bookmarked it !
You are contributing to my OCD.
My garage is such a mess. I want to do a man cave transformation over the next year or so.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#11 posted 08-23-2010 09:04 AM

Looks great, thanks for giving us a look

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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