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Project by MT_Stringer posted 02-09-2017 06:57 PM 4599 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This new table is the worktable of my dreams, and I have had many dreams!

Over the Christmas holidays, I built the top, then demoed my old bench and built a new frame similar to the one Jay Bates built for his bench. Just simple 2×4 construction. However, I did make sure the roll out drawer that was under the old bench would still fit. And as it turned out, the new bench is larger so there was room for another roll out drawer!

I got a lot of inspiration from Ron Paulk and his total station. I have some of his plans that I have used as reference in the past.

And then there is Earl Davidson Woodworks. Thank you so much for sharing your table build. I thought the pull out drawers were a great idea so I incorporated them into my table. I added guides to the drawer runners so the drawer would pull out and return in a straight line. Waxing the runners makes the drawers easy to pull out.

My new table is 36×60. I don’t have room for anything larger. The holes are 3/4 inch diameter, and as you can see, I have drilled vertical holes on the sides. Since the top doesn’t have an overhang, these work great for clamping needs.

On the end nearest the table saw, I built a bracket to hold a kraft paper roll. That has worked out nice.

On the other end of the table, I installed the woodworking vise from the old table.
Also, I kept the deep drawers from the old bench and used them in this one. I had to do a little creative retrofitting, but I got them to fit and only had to build one (on the right). They are deep and provide a lot of storage room for clamps.

OK. Time for the clamps. Who needs to buy expensive clamps when your buddy has a welding machine? :-) I asked him if he would help modify some clamps. We removed the ends of each clamp, and then welded on a 5/16 rod about 3 inches long. Then the sharp end was ground off leaving a radius that would allow the clamp to drop through the hole and stand up for clamping.

Overall, this was a fun project. And so far, it is everything I could have asked for.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas





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socrbent

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 09:51 PM

I am sure this will be very functional for you. It has given me some ideas for a bench of my own. Well done.

-- socrbent Ohio

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 02-09-2017 10:16 PM

nice build, I like the drawer space

-- 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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Madmark2

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#3 posted 02-09-2017 10:28 PM

Very nice!

M

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 02-09-2017 10:36 PM

I forgot to mention the legs have a pair of 5/8 inch nuts glued in place with Gorilla Glue. Just adjust the bolt with a wrench and snug the nut and all is good to go.

The bottom roll out drawers/trays have 5 inch wooden wheels made from 1/2 inch plywood. Handy clamp storage there also.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 02-09-2017 11:28 PM

This is a really nice work table and very creative. You have done a really nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#6 posted 02-10-2017 02:45 AM

What a great worktable. Excellent job. Now you’ve got me dreaming

-- Rob

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RichCMD

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#7 posted 02-10-2017 03:46 AM

I really like this. My current workbench might be in danger of undergoing some serious rebuilding.

-- Ride the bevel!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 02-10-2017 05:14 AM



I really like this. My current workbench might be in danger of undergoing some serious rebuilding.

- RichCMD

Exactly, man have not even finished the drawings yet and already a refit!! LOL

Great job.

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

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Ivan

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#9 posted 02-10-2017 07:11 AM

Very practical and versatile design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 02-10-2017 03:55 PM

great build

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#11 posted 02-16-2017 06:30 AM

That’s a nice build, Mike. Ron Paulk’s basic plans for this bench/table are so adaptable and flexible. Good job on welding the clamps also.

Earl Davidson – Earl Davidson Woodworking

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MT_Stringer

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#12 posted 02-16-2017 06:10 PM



That s a nice build, Mike. Ron Paulk s basic plans for this bench/table are so adaptable and flexible. Good job on welding the clamps also.

Earl Davidson – Earl Davidson Woodworking

- HuckD

Thank you for sharing your project. I am loving the results.

Also, note that I drilled some holes in the sides and ends. They are working great for edge clamping.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Roger

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#13 posted 02-19-2017 01:00 AM

That’s a gr8 work table/bench. Nice job.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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MT_Stringer

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#14 posted 11-22-2017 09:30 PM

And now for an update. It has been almost a year since this bench was built. I still have no complaints. Everything is working as I had hope it would. I have built numerous kitchen cabinets during the past 9 months.

Originally I waxed the drawer bottoms and the runners they sit on. Once, and they still slide in and out with no binding. The guides I added for each one work great to keep the drawer in alignment with the opening on the back side.

The poly I rolled on has held up well to numerous glue-ups.

Over all, I am a happy camper.

Routing dadoes for cabinet sides.

Cabinet construction.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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MT_Stringer

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#15 posted 10-31-2018 07:10 PM

Update. I just realized I didn’t include any pictures of the wood vise that I added to the end of the table. I don’t use it very often, but it is handy and ready when I do need it.

The vise lines up with a row of holes so I can clamp just about any length of board up to 60 inches by inserting a dog into the appropriate hole. :-)

Opening cut so the vise can fit through the end.

Spacer to fit underneath the table top.

Spacer glued and being held in place with clamps until the glue dried.

View of the spacer from underneath the top. Love those DIY clamps!!!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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