YAWB - Yet Another Workbench (Or My Take on the Ultimate Tool Stand) #1: Design

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Blog entry by mrhammerstein posted 08-07-2015 08:19 PM 2658 reads 2 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I originally posted this as a Project and not a Blog entry. So I’ve moved it over here and will build upon it. I can not figure out how to delete the project, so my mistake will continue to live on, like most of my mistakes.


After moving tables bought from auctions and using sawhorses and 2×4s as a miter saw base, I decided I needed a proper workbench. I spent a few months scouring the internet and magazines to find my perfect workbench. I finally found it! Seriously, this thing is beautiful.

Turns out it is also $3,000. I tried to beg my wife, but she would not let sell one of my kids. So back to scouring the internet and compromising my dream. I don’t know why I put up with her stubbornness sometimes. After kicking around many different workbenches and the advantages and disadvantages of each, I settled on the Ultimate Tool Stand (UTS). I am sure a lot of people are familiar with this design. If not, go check out Christopher Merrill's site. While not the prettiest or my favorite, it offered me a ton of options and should really help me out in organizing the garage.

I fired up Sketchup and begin my take on the UTS. I immediately made it 8-feet long instead of 6-feet to give me more storage areas. I decided to move in the sides a bit to create some smaller shelves on one end and a small clamp storage on the other end (I think I stole this idea from Woodsmith/ShopNotes). And I went with plywood over all MDF because MDF is so boring to look at. This is what I came up with. My modified and compromised dream.

And now time to start the construction, which starts with buying some wood. Borrowing the van from the stubborn wife, I was able to buy some MDF for the torsion box. Who needs a truck when a van will do (kind of)?

Next post will be the building of the torsion box. Joy.

-- Beat it to fit. Paint it to match.

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