small workshop ideas #10: Folding workbench with next to nothing.

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 04-27-2019 01:51 PM 981 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Christmas Gift Treat Yourself to a Gallon Part 10 of small workshop ideas series Part 11: Selling and moving to Shed Shop in Arizona »

So next to Nothing is I am starting new in AZ with a Black and Decker 20 vt kit from Lowes I bought last Christmas—-drill, 2 saws and light and 2 batteries for $129—-and some few hand tools I borrowed from my son. I had to even go buy boxes of screws….now that really bites since in my PA shop you walk over to many many boxes of screws, not even a second thought. Glue. what no glue here. So I had to remove two old particle board base units from a laundry room, each about 2 ft by 4 ft. one even I rocked and the joints collapsed to help me get it out of the room. And this garage shop and fold up bench had been one of the plans for me since 2 cars MUST go in the garage. The other plan is a folding workbench. Now Craigs list had provided me with an older Craftsman saw, like I had in my 30’s. I had even made raised panel doors with it, so I was super pleased. new motor, stand, link belt. $125. better than a plastic direct drive. I made a table sled in minutes and was ready. Ryobi stationary belt sander and small new shop vac. all in all. $400 so far. Now checking on the wood I found particle board for the top, 2 pieces 2 ft by 4 ft x 1/2$5 each , 3 2×3x8 ft $2 each. Then checked the shiplap planks. even not on sale was my plan. but I found some in culled lumber and bought 7 boards. even a 12 ft they cut at 6 ft which was my plan and helped transport. I used 3/8 bolts and washers for the legs to swing, many 1 inch screws and some deck screws I found and some 2.5 in screws I bought. T hinges for the top to lower from a cross 2×3x48in inside board as the width of the frame. To beef this up I planned and cut the old base unit into 2—bottom sides to 32in. as I am shorter to make the bench height about 33 inch by 11 wide and the other to be the upper inside for possible shelf reusing the dado. These were screwed to 2 shiplap 5.5 in planks making an 11 inch side. now about a full inch thick. I guessed this would be top heavy with the bench so I added some feet extending out about 5 inches from 2×3 and it stays verical very well. A hook and eye hold the bench up. The big idea for this is in Family Handyman and Shopsmith workshop on a wall. Utube has the workshop on the wall and I made it a standup version to suit me. Shopsmith you can find in forum

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#1 posted 12-18-2020 01:31 PM

It’s a neat little bench, just not confident in OSB as a benchtop(the strands are oriented for bracing strength and don’t handle lateral forces well or just general wear for the matter).
Maybe add some ply or even masonite on top if you can; going to handle repeated use a lot better.

-- I like to go against the grain, except when I'm planing...

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