I.T. Workbench (aka) Work From Home Bench

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Project by JL7 posted 11-29-2020 04:04 AM 1312 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was started in March, which is not technically pre-COVID, but before it was declared a pandemic….in other words, the bench was intended to go to my work place. I work in IT and build and configure computers…..Now it is my latest work at home bench.

Low tech sketch-up:

Construction is 90% from old Hard Maple gym floor:

Joinery is 100% from the PantoRouter:

The backboard has French Cleats in front of cork board – so dual purpose. Detail of the French Cleats:

The drawer fronts are unique with grain matching gym flooring running vertical – some pics:

There are a few screws in this one, but none structural, just to keep shelves in place, etc….

Still need to build French Cleat fixtures….Plus have 2 monitor mounts to install.

Now for my friends that got this far – my work has been crazy busy (too crazy busy) and hoping to catch up soon….

Thanks for looking…...

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 11-29-2020 04:25 AM

Nice work! I really appreciate the fitment of the drawers. Not sure why but I struggle like crazy to get them to sit flush with the face frame when doing that style. Be sure to post pics once the monitors and all the tech gear are installed.

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#2 posted 11-29-2020 04:36 AM

Thanks man…the drawers are always a pain. These are such that they have to go in a certain order to work, so there are some Easter Eggs on the back of the drawers:

I will try to update the post with the future pics…..I just got it lifted out of the basement shop today today using a new winch I installed in the garage that aligns with the basement stairs!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 11-29-2020 04:57 AM

thats bad ass,love the design and your build work is dead soild construction.winner winner all from recycled wood.5 stars all the way.

-- 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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#4 posted 11-29-2020 05:06 AM

Thanks Pottz! I’m running out of old Maple though…..HELP!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 11-29-2020 05:35 AM

The Easter eggs are a quirky touch. I love them.

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.

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#6 posted 11-29-2020 11:29 AM

First class work (build) and design!

-- Petey

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#7 posted 11-29-2020 11:41 AM

Jeff, what a build! I can see the attention to detail. What I like most, is the repurposed maple. Late at night, I bet you can hear the slap of the ball and the chirp of the sneakers from past decades.
The little markers on the drawer backs are very cool and very “you”.

-- jbschutz

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#8 posted 11-29-2020 02:37 PM

very nice

-- Joe, Ga

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#9 posted 11-29-2020 02:45 PM

Fantastic!!! The pantorouter is on my wish list, just don’t have space for one. Love the drawer front detail, really sets it off.

Nice work!!

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

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#10 posted 11-29-2020 05:04 PM

Really cool Jeff. Hope you can actually get some work done and not just sit there admiring your desk. Hope you’re well.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#11 posted 11-29-2020 06:00 PM

Great looking project, very clean joints and overall just a nice piece. Tools only go so far, it’s the planning and execution that makes it look like that.

Awesome project- thanks for sharing!!


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#12 posted 11-29-2020 11:24 PM

Beautiful work (at home) bench Jeff! The Easter eggs are fun (took me a few to figure them out). Running out of maple? EMERGENCY!
Thanks for sharing. Hope work settles down for you soon.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 11-30-2020 03:55 PM

Excellent work. love it!

-- Dylan, O-H-I-O

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#14 posted 12-05-2020 03:04 AM

Thank you all for the comments!

John – I love the repurposed Maple (to a fault) but don’t hear the slap of the ball ball…sorry! :)

Bill, doing good – thanks.

Candy – EMERGENCY is right! LOL!

Again – thanks thanks all for the comments – updates are in the works…....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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