A Workbench of a Different Color

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Project by Thepps posted 03-09-2016 01:50 AM 8101 views 36 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, over the past few months, I’ve really been trying to organize my workshop. After a while, I decided I needed a new cabinet to store more things in. But, I can’t just make a normal cabinet, it has to have some cool features. I wanted an assembly table but also something that would make it easier (and do a better job) to assemble face frames. This is what I came up with.

It’s a standard cabinet on the bottom with six drawers and mounted on casters. The top has the Kreg Clamp Track around the outside that works great with the Kreg Automaxx clamps. There is also a sheet of formica cemented to the top for durability.

The top is mounted on hinges with a kickstand that allows it to swing up to a 52 degree angle. (This was the largest angle that I could acquire without making a more complicated kickstand.) This configuration is designed for assembling face frames with pocket holes. I got the idea from one that Kreg sells:

The kickstand is simply mounted on hinges and rests in grooved holders when in use.

When not in use, the kickstand tucks neatly out of the way.

So, for normal operations, the top stays down and I can use the Automaxx clamps around the entire perimeter. When I assemble face frames, I simply lift the top and sit the kickstand in the holder. The track is recessed so it is flush with the table top. To assemble face frames, I use Kreg Klamp blocks to keep the stock parallel with the table.

Everything is very sturdy, in both positions. There is no movement either way.

Haven’t had the chance to use it much, but I did try out some quick pocket hole joinery. And, it worked great.

Thanks for looking!

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 03-09-2016 01:59 AM

I like it good job!

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#2 posted 03-09-2016 02:18 AM

Really cool idea. Way to one-up Kreg!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#3 posted 03-09-2016 02:56 AM

Nice build

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

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#4 posted 03-09-2016 10:00 AM

It’s realy special and unique. I like those fetaures on it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 03-09-2016 10:32 AM

That is so cool. Good job mate

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#6 posted 03-09-2016 12:26 PM

Very innovative. Great job on the build.

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#7 posted 03-09-2016 12:48 PM

Nice work, great idea.

-- Chris K

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#8 posted 03-09-2016 12:55 PM

Really cool system. I especially like your drawer pulls.

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#9 posted 03-09-2016 01:37 PM

like it

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#10 posted 03-09-2016 02:19 PM

Not to long ago I passed on a smoking deal online for these tracks. I passed cause I just didn’t have room for something this size. Looking at this I’m kicking myself for not getting those tracks!
Great work! I feel like I always see so many “shop organization” projects I get tired of seeing them. But this one is different!! I think it’s cool just that I’ve never seen it before!

-- Jeff, Missouri,

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#11 posted 03-09-2016 02:57 PM

Great project and and it’s so pretty too!!!
That will get er done for sure.

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#12 posted 03-09-2016 03:04 PM

Thanks everybody!
-GersCustomWoodworks- I found a great deal on the tracks, too. That’s why I could afford them. It was such a great deal, that I had to buy two. This bench has two of the 69” x 27” tracks.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#13 posted 03-09-2016 03:37 PM

It’s very nice and a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 03-09-2016 05:01 PM

man i wish i had room for that table if you do a lot of pocket hole joinery its the way to go great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#15 posted 03-09-2016 06:55 PM

Very clever idea. You have a huge workshop.

-- Julian

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