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WOrking My HF Workbench

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Project by Artie623 posted 02-03-2019 02:30 AM 1274 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At just under 170 sq. ft. I’m probably in competition for one of the smallest shops on this board…. being organized, and focusing on a creative floor plan is key to me. I actually have two (2) HF workbenches…. I’ve mounted each on locking casters to raise their heights a little (I’m 6’1”).... one one bench I’ve installed T-Track,,, but the one pictured has been my focus today as I’ve added a shelf… very close to the bottom of the legs, to store lumber. I’d also removed and re-worked the existing shelf, making it into a sliding platform for my new Cutech 8” jointer. The top of it sits at 24” inched from the floor, but considering it’s not used daily, it’s either make allowances or simply don’t have a tool like this is my shop. Bending over for a few minutes every now & then is no big deal compared to the flexibility of having a jointer in the shop ! Anyway…. with all due respect… my two positionable HF workbenches do a great job for me… and I’m not a HF fan, I’m generally not overly fond of their products… but I do love the workbenches… and I’m not even through customizing them yet !





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#1 posted 02-03-2019 03:41 AM

Wow, they met your needs so well, modifications are awesome

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 02-03-2019 01:11 PM

Functional beauty. The goal of every furniture maker. Nice job.

-- Doc "Not all who wander are lost." --J. R.R. Tolkien

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#3 posted 02-03-2019 01:43 PM

Looks great, very organized and clean, very nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 02-03-2019 06:11 PM

I consider HF items as “kits”. They can be reworked into a useful tool with a little work. The workbench is a good example of what a little work can accomplish. Good job Artie.

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#5 posted 02-04-2019 02:55 AM

Nice modification.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#6 posted 02-04-2019 03:38 AM

I have their workbench too Artie, and I love it. I look through catalogs and I see benches that aren’t any better or worse, and they sell for $900 or more. Great job on those mods. I thought I had a small shop (260sf). But if it works for you, that’s all that matters.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com

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Artie623

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#7 posted 02-04-2019 03:43 AM

After I get my new tablesaw installed and install the DC I’m going to do a tour of it…. if I was building dining room tables I’d be in trouble… but for modest wood turning, box building, benches, cabinetry and so on it’s been fine. I have a couple of little quirky secrets that some of you guys might find useful. Yup… I like those workbenches… both of them !


I have their workbench too Artie, and I love it. I look through catalogs and I see benches that aren t any better or worse, and they sell for $900 or more. Great job on those mods. I thought I had a small shop (260sf). But if it works for you, that s all that matters.

- JRAP


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#8 posted 02-04-2019 02:48 PM

Nice job on the HF workbench mod. Small shops can be a real challenge. I noticed your Cutech jointer. How do you like it? I’ve got a small shop too and I’m looking to replace my old Delta benchtop jointer. Thanks…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#9 posted 02-04-2019 06:15 PM

Great Mods….congrats on a great job taking a questionable products and making both awesome!
You and I both seem to have a lot of Ryobi stuff. I like there stuff…..I have Makita drill and driver but have a ton of Ryobi everything else. I see you have the new vacuum too, I picked that up a few months back and love it…..I use it all the time!

-- Mike

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#10 posted 02-04-2019 06:18 PM

Looks nice. I’m a big fan of their US General Toolboxes.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Artie623

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#11 posted 02-04-2019 07:28 PM

As simple as the Cutech is to assemble the instructions suck. As for the unit… ?... it starts… throws a lot of chips… and requires a dc which will be hooked up in the spring… so my time with it has been limited. Overall…. I’m impressed with it. It’s a wider version of the 6” Rikon that Rockler & Woodcraft sells…. made by the same folks. If you look at them… you’re looking at a blue version of the Cutech !


Nice job on the HF workbench mod. Small shops can be a real challenge. I noticed your Cutech jointer. How do you like it? I ve got a small shop too and I m looking to replace my old Delta benchtop jointer. Thanks…

- TucsonTim


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Artie623

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#12 posted 02-04-2019 07:32 PM

Two things about the Ryobi… 1.) They are dependable and have more power than you’d expect… I use 6ah batteries almost exclusively. 2) The batteries will always be available… something not every manufacture can say… and 3) (yeah, I know)... I got the stuff on sale from HD last year when they were practically giving it away. Not the stature of DeWalt or Milwaukee…. but absolutely no complaints. The vacuum is the most used tool in my shop !

I have DeWalt & Milwaukee corded tools…. but the cordless Ryobi has made them almost obsolete for the kind of work I do !


Great Mods….congrats on a great job taking a questionable products and making both awesome!
You and I both seem to have a lot of Ryobi stuff. I like there stuff…..I have Makita drill and driver but have a ton of Ryobi everything else. I see you have the new vacuum too, I picked that up a few months back and love it…..I use it all the time!

- moke


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