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Project by kcmat posted 08-26-2018 05:33 PM 1004 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like any project or shop it has to start somewhere. I decided a large stout bench was a good place to start. It’s a HEAVY solid core door top.

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#1 posted 08-26-2018 06:39 PM

Looks great and sturdy. A couple of shelves to gather dust, tools and scrap and Bob’s your mothers brother.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 08-26-2018 06:43 PM

You certainly are not the first person to use a solid core door for a workbench top. Why? Because they are usually pretty flat, and designed to be strong.

Looks nice and sturdy, appears straight and clean as well. I see a level, was it bubble up? Later if you choose to keep the frame you could easily slide in cabinets under it to expand storage, it appears to be wide open, while still being well supported.

You will quickly find having a horizontal surface tends to get filled up quickly, but clean it will increase you abilities quite a bit. So much cleaner, and easier than assembly on the floor. A bench can also hold a vise, and that will really allow you to better control a lot of things both woodworking and not, so you’ve made a good start here.

Nice job, thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 08-26-2018 07:32 PM

Nice start!

-- Petey

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#4 posted 08-26-2018 10:15 PM

Yes you could easily make some roll in cabinets with drawers etc so that you could have other work spaces right behind you as well. I put in those 4 ft strip out lets on the wall behind your work space up high enough not to get them splashed on and have the cords in your way. Plus that way you can turn them off when finished. I also set mine up with a Drill holder and charging station that can be switched off when not charging. Use your wall space wisely as it will help promote better 5S practices. Doing good 5S will save you a lot of time and energy. Great bench and darn good start to a wood shop.

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#5 posted 08-26-2018 11:07 PM

That looks like a fine start. You’ve got nowhere to go but upward and onward!

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 08-27-2018 02:22 AM

Great start..nice sturdy bench!! It looks like you left enough overhand for clamping stuff to it!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-28-2018 08:19 PM

and thus it begins! Much happy building!!

-- in the garage, making sawdust..

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