New workbench for my shop

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 06-15-2007 04:56 AM 4139 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished designing and building this bench for my 2 car garage workshop. The jet lathe is a great tool and I’ve been having a great time making all sorts and shapes of bowls for Christmas this year. The workbench is made with MDF and solid oak face frame and door fronts. The drawers are made with 1/2” plywood. The table features a fold up extension table. I got the idea for the top from “the woodwhisperer, Marc”. The top is made with 3/4” MDF, oak skirting, 1/4” sacrafice top and walnut plugs to hide the screwheads. This is a very functional table with plenty of storage.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 06-15-2007 05:09 AM

Great job, it looks functional and very much like it fits the area it’s in. Nice job. jockmike

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#2 posted 06-15-2007 05:33 AM

I like the roll away design…nice job

-- Bob

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#3 posted 06-15-2007 05:42 AM

It looks like it would work well.

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#4 posted 06-15-2007 06:02 AM

Wish I had room for a rollaway. Nice work station.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#5 posted 06-15-2007 01:37 PM

very nice!
I like the thought of cabinets on wheels… sure makes it handier.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 06-15-2007 01:45 PM

Very nice setup, are you going to mount things permanantly or use the clamps for more flexability?

-- Hope Never fails

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#7 posted 06-15-2007 03:28 PM

Nice job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 06-15-2007 04:40 PM

Mario, The table is built for flexibity so I’ll keep the clamp set up. I plan to use this table for 1) the lathe set up, 2) outfeed table for table saw 3) assembly table /workbench for other projects. My shop is like most, I guess, I have more tools than space, plus I need to get the cars in when it snows. This forces me to have everything on wheels. This workbench was designed to fit under my workbench and the lather fits under my jointer when I have to break down for bad weather.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 06-16-2007 04:36 AM

Great setup Bob. My cars have never seen my garage in 43 years of married life.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 11-28-2007 10:03 AM

Very innovative way of taking care of a problem. Pretty too.


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#11 posted 01-01-2008 05:52 PM

I have a similar set-up for my sliding miter saw. It was a prototype/experiment that needs some modification, but it works so well that it has dropped down the priority list.
Yours is far better looking, mine is laminated with 3mm PVC edge banding. It stands up better to a commercial shop.

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#12 posted 07-29-2008 05:45 PM

well this is just awesome to say the least…..I have the same lathe and this just might be what the Doctor ordered : ) It’s also great the way you have your grinder handy and I love the perfectly angled tool rest for sharpening !! Thank you for posting this great project : )

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