20 foot workbench tried in cedar.

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Project by Ken90712 posted 10-20-2019 09:48 PM 1080 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Trying to set up a new shop has proven slightly difficult. At least for me, I tend to over think things at times. It knew I needed a workbench besides the assembly table I just finished. Had a cpl table top sanders I needed a place for plus I love my wordsmith sliding cabinet with all the tools.

So here is what I came up with , 20 feet long 36” deep and 36”high. Picked 36 deep being I can reach the wall w/o leaning over or getting on tipple toes. The top is 1 1/4 thick 3/4 & 1/2 pine plywood glued and screwed together. I cut a slot in and installed 1 1/4 T-track. Stained with gun stock and put 2 coats of varnish. ( I might eventually glue laminate on top, Not sure.) The legs are 4 X 4 no visible screws on top or frame. There is over 140 pocket hole screws. I trimmed the face plate with cedar to hide the screws.

I might build cabinets under it, not sure. I’m close to starting the extreme miter station from kings woodworking plans. Right after I make out feed table like the assembly table I just posted last week.

How I lived w/o a track saw I’ll never know. When pops and I did the wall in shop it cut over a hundred sheets.

As always all comments welcome

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 10-20-2019 10:17 PM

Hi Ken!

You are making SUPER progress!

Very nice! Can you reach tools hanging on the wall?
Is that a door behind the bench? Does the bench fold up so you can use the door? If not, OOPS! :)

Thank you for the update… LOOKING GOOD!

Happy holidays coming soon… Do you think very many kids will be Trick or Treating you?

It’s nice seeing you having so much FUN!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 10-20-2019 10:37 PM

You are making good progress on your new shop Ken. Looks neat and well organized.I have to agree, a track saw is great for breaking down plywood sheets accurately. This is one of the most challenging tasks in my shop. For that reason I always have my supplier cut the sheets in two and even the half sheets are difficult for me due to the narrow confines of my shop. I use a circle saw, but not track. Wish I had one, yours looks great.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-20-2019 10:39 PM

Ken…that is an awesome workspace…couldn’t imagine what I could do with another 20’ of bench top to pile stuff on…oh the possibilities…lol. looks good buddy.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 10-20-2019 11:37 PM


Your new shop is sooo nice….Nothing like having the space you need to do what you like best….work the wood. I can tell just from what you’ve accomplished that it’s going to be a joy to work in…There’s nothing like having a good work shop, benches, outfeed tables, etc. You have put a lot of time, $$$, and energy into building it. But you know that a shop is always evolving, so you arrange, re-arrange, and try to get it set up to fit your needs. When I built my shop back in 2003, I had a good idea of how I wanted it to be, including a space for my tow vehicle and bass rig. It has served its purpose well, and I’m glad I built it as big as I could. A big investment, but well worth it in the long run.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 10-21-2019 12:51 AM

Oh how I wish I had the room for something this nice! Your workbench is grand Ken!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 10-21-2019 01:21 AM

Very nice looooooong workbench.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 10-21-2019 03:05 AM

Love the new work bench. Your new shop is just awesome. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 10-21-2019 10:35 AM

the work bench is great but to have the floor space is even is even greater

-- 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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#9 posted 10-21-2019 11:30 AM

Hey Joe glad all is well, been a long time. I used that drum sander i bought from your buddy on this bench for the cedar veneer. It’s a window behind the bench not door. And yes I can reach the wall easily that’s how I picked 36 deep.

Stefano , I remember those days, I worked in a tiny shop and driveway for yrs. Was just lucky to have great weater. I found a sheet of foam in ground and breaking the wood down is great with track saw. Kinda pricy if you get both 50 inch and 110 inch but love it. You could put 2 small one together but reviews and time changed that. I use to have a homemade one that worked fine as well. Cheers

Rick, THX so much. Boy your right, you dream of it then arrange and rearrange.,I’ve been using it 3 weeks now to ensure I like the tools and lay out before working with dust collection designer’s. Bass rig sounds so nice maybe next yr. Glad all is well.

Woodshaver, THX bud hope your doing great….. stay dry.

Swirt, THX appreciate it.

Boss thx, how you been buddy? it’s been a month of Sunday’s since we chatted.,

Recycle1943 thx, it’s been a life dream to build a dream shop. Very fortunate.

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

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#10 posted 10-21-2019 12:54 PM


I’m so jealous of that wonderful space!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 10-21-2019 01:50 PM

now thats a work bench.i can understand what your saying,with a large empty space where do you begin.i guess you just start and figure it out as you go,a problem most of us wish we is lookin real good ken.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 10-21-2019 09:09 PM

Big! Everything on top and room for more underneath.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 10-22-2019 04:03 AM

Looks great, should be more than enough work area

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

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#14 posted 10-22-2019 12:32 PM

That is a real nice bench, Ken. It will fill up in no time! I’ll be you will be making a mobile assembly table next??

cheers, Jim

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

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#15 posted 10-23-2019 12:06 PM

Nice job Ken!
the finish is impressive, .. concealing the screws and edging a professional touch!
I spied some other interesting items there as well! tee hee!

No 2 Son has one of those track saws an invaluable piece of kit, I have borrowed it many times.

I have a poor mans version of it a modified circular saw and adapter plate for the track, only my track is one piece a bit of an disadvantage when trying to transport it.

-- Regards Rob

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