The Great Garage Reorganization and Shop Improvement Act #10: The workbench

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Blog entry by captkerk posted 08-30-2010 10:03 PM 7593 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I finally completed the workbench. This was based on the Torsion Box Workbench from Shop Notes magazine July 2010.



Julie with the workbench

The construction for this was going along nicely until I inadvertently drilled the wrong size dog holes in the edging! Luckily I was able to rip the edges off using the table saw and make new ones.

The top was sized to fit the mobile shop cart underneath for storage. Although it seems I won’t be storing it away very often, it is nice to have the option.

with cart stored

The vise is from Harbor Freight since I couldn’t fathom spending the amount of money the name brands require. I do see a difference in quality, but it works well enough for my hobby-only requirements. Plus, it even has a quick release.


All in all, not too bad. I covered the thing with Tung oil to have some kind of finish on it and I plan to add a second coat to the top later today (maybe a third eventually).

So here is how the shop is shaping up. This is the usual layout when I’m working, but since I’ve been working so much on the shop and not on other projects, things may change a little.

shop as viewed from garage door.

The pegboard is getting filled up and I have been making a few specialty racks for the pegboard. I plan on making a bunch more, so I’ll have another blog entry detailing some of those. I will also be changing the layout on the pegboard as I get some more things accomplished. I think I may be working on some woodworking projects next (finally!) so updates on the shop may be a while in coming. But who knows, there may be some other upgrade that I just have to have done in order to work efficiently.

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#1 posted 08-30-2010 10:37 PM

Great looking bench and shop! Thanks for sharing. Cute little girl too, she looks a lot like my oldest when she was that age, she is 11 now and in middle school.


-- Chris Adkins,

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#2 posted 08-30-2010 11:23 PM

Are those rolling carts from an airplane galley? If so, where did you get them?

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#3 posted 08-30-2010 11:26 PM

ditto on the rolling carts…

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#4 posted 08-30-2010 11:49 PM

That looks like a great bench. I really need to improve my own. Your space is really coming along nicely.

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#5 posted 08-31-2010 01:25 AM

I did a blog entry on the rolling drink cart table a few installments ago in this same series. Check it out.

Thanks for the nice comments. My children still love being photographed. Good thing they make cute models.

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#6 posted 08-31-2010 05:03 AM

Hey Captain, Its getting better all the time !
And nice stewardess indeed !

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 08-31-2010 05:29 AM

Looking good.
The shop is shaping up, especially with such cute helpers around!

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

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#8 posted 08-31-2010 02:21 PM

Looks good from here. Like the galley carts nice storage.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#9 posted 08-31-2010 02:54 PM

That’s a nice looking work bench. You did a great job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 09-01-2010 04:20 AM

just read the whole story in one sitting!!

Excellent work and documentation. Inspiring to those of us who share their garage with the family. Thanks for posting

-- Tampa-FL

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