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Project by Philimbesi posted 05-31-2009 10:23 PM 2505 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I figured the best place to start would be the place to build everything. So today using the scraps from other house projects I put this together.

All 2×4 stud framing with a half inch OSB top, total function over form but again it’s the project where all the others will come from so I thought it fitting if it was a tad rough around the edges. I tacked in a piece of sheeting plywood as a makeshift shelf until I can build a rack to hold materials. I added a vice grip on one end that my dad used to use in his shed, he’s been gone for close to 10 years now but I felt it right to honor him and keep him with me as I build new and better things.

I also came up with a name for my workshop, it’s located in the basement and being 6 foot one, it’s a bit of a low clearance for me, so I dubbed my first workshop… “The Low Clearance Shop”.

-- PAI

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#1 posted 05-31-2009 10:30 PM

i started with a bench like yours too !
now i use lower drawer cabs and have tools storage all around !
nice way to honor / remember your father .
p.s. if you work on your knees , you can flip boards easyer , and make taller cabs . :-)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-31-2009 10:39 PM

Thats a very large work surface- very nice. makes it easier to work on larger pieces, or on several things at the same time without running out of work space. Welcome to LJ!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 05-31-2009 10:43 PM

what a good place to start…i like the depth…will give you lots of room…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 05-31-2009 11:22 PM

Good start Bro. Dad would be proud.

Can’t wait to see it in person in a few weeks. I know it will be put to good use by you as your project list grows.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 06-01-2009 02:06 AM

I’ve got the same workbench (or very similar) in my shop. It was my first project also. Nicely done, especially if, like me, it was made with a circular and and a drill as the only available (power) tools.


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#6 posted 06-01-2009 03:34 AM

good job looks like a great bench


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#7 posted 06-01-2009 07:25 PM

Your Dad would be very happy to know that he has pride of place in your new abode….good job.

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