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Project by FlashG posted 06-24-2019 09:59 AM 1050 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new workbench, based on Ron Paulk’s design with the openings in the side for keeping tools and things that otherwise clutter up the top of the bench.

I made some changes to fit my requirements – there is a pine frame at the bottom made of two-by-fours. Dimensions are 1.5m. Eventually I’ll make drawers to use all that space for storing frequently used tools so that they are easily accessed.

The Paulk top is 1.6m long and 1.1m front-to-back, and 310mm tall. The openings were enlarged to 200mm high – I thought that this would be OK because I was making it with 18mm plywood, not 12mm like Mr. Paulk does. The 200mm openings will allow the Festool ETS sanders to fit through easily, and even the Domino XL. It’s a big machine to have on the top while working on things, so the ability to keep it off the bench top should be good.

The total height of the bench is 830mm.

I have used a similar top for some years but with many more holes in it (it was just a plain sheet of MDF). Now that I’ve got the spaces underneath to hold tools (and catch dust!), I wanted to minimise the holes I made. After some thought, I realised I could use a long piece of wood over two small dogs as a clamping stop, with just one (or perhaps two) adjustable clamps to hold a workpiece firmly in place against the long stop. I tried planing an old chunk of Rimu (one that I made the feet from) and am very pleased and surprised to say that neither the bench nor any of the clamping arrangement moved at all!

Happy to field questions and might even supply the Sketchup plans if anyone’s interested, but I’ll warn you in advance – they’re in Metric! :-)





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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 06-24-2019 10:57 AM


Happy to field questions and might even supply the Sketchup plans if anyone s interested, but I ll warn you in advance – they re in Metric! :-)
- FlashG

Neat…. a Paulky clone workbench is so practical.

Are you a dinky di metric? Do your dogs chew on 3/4” bones or 20mm?

PS. Love the Fe$tools!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 06-24-2019 02:37 PM

I like it, I need to get some of the clutter out of my shop then I will do something similar.

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#3 posted 06-24-2019 04:59 PM

Good job!

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 06-24-2019 05:01 PM

A very practical bench for either a power tool only, or even a blended woodworker. Yours appears to be the stay at home version with it’s heavier base, but that is good. A standard vise configuration could be included easily enough, or by hole jumping, your Green clamp could do a lot of work holding.

Plus your tools storage options that are built in, put it miles ahead of a Roubo in that category.

Thanks for sharing.

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CARSandCustoms

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#5 posted 06-24-2019 05:28 PM

Aren’t you worried about the top sagging since you eliminated the tortion box design of the original?

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#6 posted 06-24-2019 09:09 PM


Are you a dinky di metric? Do your dogs chew on 3/4” bones or 20mm?
- LittleBlackDuck

Sorry F’G, missed the Parff at first glance… great choice of equipment… 5/5 stars.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 06-24-2019 09:26 PM

Great bench.

How do you like the PARF system? I plan on getting one soon.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 06-24-2019 09:56 PM


How do you like the PARF system? I plan on getting one soon.
- Hazem

Apologies for hijacking your post F’G.

In my opinion it is brilliant… there are a number of videos out there covering it, however, I have found that David Stanton gives it justice in this video... his follow up videos about what he calls the Stanton Bench is worth a look, to make yourself (without the eventual CNC production line he has switched to). I use the bench design extensively and features in many of my operations that filter down through my posts here at LJ.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 06-24-2019 10:14 PM

Thanks LittleBlackDuck

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FlashG

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#10 posted 06-25-2019 06:40 AM



Great bench.

How do you like the PARF system? I plan on getting one soon.

- Hazem

It’s excellent! But if you’re planning on getting one, get the Mark 2 version – there are several improvements which should make the results better.

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#11 posted 06-25-2019 06:41 AM



Good job!

- waho6o9

Thank you!

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FlashG

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#12 posted 06-25-2019 06:49 AM



Aren t you worried about the top sagging since you eliminated the tortion box design of the original?

- CARSandCustoms

Hi!

Check out the third photo – I put the middle support in for just that reason. My previous “bench” was just a piece of MDF between two saw horses and that certainly did sag, but the 18mm MDF should have easily enough strength to not sag with the supports all round and that piece down the middle.

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FlashG

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#13 posted 06-25-2019 07:08 AM


How do you like the PARF system? I plan on getting one soon.
- Hazem

Apologies for hijacking your post F G.

In my opinion it is brilliant… there are a number of videos out there covering it, however, I have found that David Stanton gives it justice in this video... his follow up videos about what he calls the Stanton Bench is worth a look, to make yourself (without the eventual CNC production line he has switched to). I use the bench design extensively and features in many of my operations that filter down through my posts here at LJ.

- LittleBlackDuck

No worries :-)

I think Dave’s bench is great. Haven’t made one myself but perhaps one day I will. Now that I think about it, it would fit quite well on top of my new one! :-)

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#14 posted 06-25-2019 11:45 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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