New work bench for me!

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Project by Jamie McDonald posted 03-01-2016 03:21 AM 2287 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So after several years of getting into this hobby I finally decided I needed to add some storage to the shop before I did any other projects. I needed to get it done fast though because of 2 other project deadlines in mid March. I used pocket hole screw construction for almost everything and treated myself to the Festool TS 75 track saw for breaking down sheet goods. 24” ball bearing full extension drawer slides for all drawers.

The table top is a 9ft solid core commercial door that is 1.75 inches thick and 35 inches wide. I spent a bit of time deciding on a few conveniences and one being that I wanted it to be able to roll easily so I mounted it on 8 swivel casters that lock 2 ways. The total heights is 1/8” shorter than my tablesaw so I can use it as an outfeed table. There is also 5 inches of overhang on both sides that I can clamp all around the table. I mounted 5ft power strips on both sides…one power strip plugs into my Festool shop vac so anytime I turn on tools plugged into it my vacuum starts also…I just have to move the vacuum hose to a different tool…that sure is nice! Top left drawer is a down draft sanding table that plugs into a 4” port in the back and hooks up to my cyclone.

My grandfather brought me a good quantity of air-dried cherry from Wisconsin several years ago and I used some for the drawer fronts and wiped som Waterlox on them. For the rest of my life I will look at this and remember my grandfather. I also had to make one “black sheep” drawer handle out of purpleheart just because, and that little detail might be my favorite part.

This was all a really nice upgrade from just having the door laying across 2 saw horses.. I felt like I kept tripping on everything.

Now it’s time to get back to work and stop horsing around…thanks for looking l!

Here are a few more pictures….
I got the idea for the downdraft sanding table from Great Designs from Fine Woodworking Shop Improvements


-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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#1 posted 03-01-2016 03:55 AM

That is a huge upgrade from the sawhorses! I like the built-in dust collection and love the personal connection to your Grandfather.

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#2 posted 03-01-2016 05:38 AM

So is the peg board inside of the drawer the sanding down draft table, that is a great idea! So is the dust collection port litterly on the back of that drawer?
I’m assuming the is no back to the bench then? Since you can access the back of drawer

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#3 posted 03-01-2016 10:37 AM

good looking work bench – drawer fronts are awesome.

be careful clamping on the door – a lot of commercial doors are filled with a plaster like material as a fire break

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 03-01-2016 07:01 PM

Sounds like you put a lot of thought into the construction of this and now have a very useful addition to your shop. Looks like a Dewalt planer you have there in the background. I’m thinking of upgrading my old Delta. How do you like it?

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#5 posted 03-02-2016 02:11 AM

I attached a few more photos so you can see how I used a blast gate and some flexible and collapsible vacuum hose at the rear of the downdraft drawer. I also include the illustration of where the idea came from for the table….I just turned it into a drawer.

I had a DeWalt 734 and upgraded to the 735 last year. I like everything about the 735 except where the dust collection exits. I have to constantly worry about whether or not the collection hose is getting caught on a piece of lumber that is being run through the planer. I had a 45degree elbow hooked up, but the added weight caused the connection to have too much weight on it. When it does catch and disconnect the hose while planing it makes a small mess all over the shop.

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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#6 posted 03-02-2016 02:18 AM

Some very interesting ideas you have in that nice build. Thanks for sharing, heck of a good upgrade from sawhorses!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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