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Moving the shop to AZ #6: New Shop..Start New Benchwith Grandson #2

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 11-29-2019 01:41 PM 278 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Starting small AZ Shop..Shopsmith #2 Part 6 of Moving the shop to AZ series Part 7: The New Shop Beginning..in AZ »

So What would you give up? I sold almost everything in the PA shop and my first Shopsmtih. This has been a long move and it finishes at Christmas this year. Right now I have another week to cleanup the house and fly home. But one task has been ANYTHING I can get done in the Shed Shop. Now I prefer Hals Wood Shop. that was my business name, much better. So being CHEAP I always look at the culled wood at Home Depot and it was a steal. 2×4 Redwood and 2×6 Redwood. and I had been planning the new bench for the shop. Now space is limited so design is a factor. This bench is with the 2x ends added 51 long by 29 1/2 wide and 32 high. So in an 8 ft. wide shop I have walk space around it clamping room on the edges, the right height for me at 5-6. Since the shop is not very ready at all I made this on plastic sawhorses in the garage with portable tools..there is a lesson for beginners. I wanted a practical bench, $32 in wood and a few dollars in 2 1/2 screws. I will add the bottom shelf and braces. 8 screw in elongated holes hold the top, it will remove to take it out to the new shop. Casters may be an add onl later. I have a quick release vise for the left front corner and may buy or build a clamp on end vise. Yes the grandson was busy with the screw gun learning what drywall screws can do, small ones can drill holes and move screws in and out alot but be right there with you. that drill is about 2 pounds.



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#1 posted 11-29-2019 07:28 PM

Great deal and very useful sturdy bench

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 11-30-2019 02:28 PM

We woodworkers tend to romanticize our workbenches and dream of all kinds of fancy variations, but when you get down to it, it is still just a sturdy flat topped table and if it includes a few basic holding devices it will do the job. The size is not as important as some might think. Your bench looks great and I see a lot of potential for storage drawers and/or cupboards between the legs which could also be useful in a small shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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