The Twins

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Project by John_G posted 03-12-2011 04:59 AM 3736 views 13 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“The Twins”
So i moved into this house about 5 months ago and finally got a decent sized shop in the basement. First things first i need a bench. After going back and forth i saw this one online and loved it. I though hmmm if i make 2 i can put them back to back for a larger work surface, they can be in-feed and out-feed tables and so much more. I was able to get 75% if not more of the wood for free, just scraps here and there. Even all the oak was free, my company used it for shelving and was getting rid of all the shelving so i took it. The top is 2 layers of 3/4” MDF with a layer of hardboard (masonite) on top. all the drawers are 1/2” plywood with locking miter joints. he pulls are all made with scrpas of oak, 1-1/2” x 8” with 30deg bevels on all 4 sides. They all dual locking casters on them. The idea like i said will be to incorporate them into anything else i make. I miter saw station will use these as side tables, for a planer these are in-feed and out-feed tables. They already line up perfectly with my table saw for an outfeed table. In the end i think they came out pretty good, i wasn’t realy happy with the stain (to red), oh well. Ofcourse i have upgrades planned for them, the first being sone t-tracks inlayed in the tops of them. I hope you like’em, lemme know what you think….. Thanks LJ, you all make me better at this every day…..

-- John Gray

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#1 posted 03-12-2011 05:56 AM

Very nice! Lots of storage and acres of work surface.

-- Tim from MA -- "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franlin

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#2 posted 03-12-2011 06:09 AM

Too nice for the shop.Put them in the kitchen

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#3 posted 03-12-2011 06:38 AM

Really nice benches!

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#4 posted 03-12-2011 06:53 AM

The one on the right doesn’t have a vise, so not twins. LOL Very nice benches. Free wood is always the best wood you can find.

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#5 posted 03-12-2011 08:55 AM

very cool twins, i like them

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#6 posted 03-12-2011 01:50 PM

Now that’s what my benches are SUPPOSED to look like! I love all the drawers, it makes me want to add some. What kind of casters did you use and do the appear to be sturdy enough to handle the bench when it’s loaded? It looks like they are in the picture but casters have been almost as big a topic of controversy on LJ’s as dovetails or tablesaws. Great work, keep it up.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 03-12-2011 04:44 PM

@BTKS…. i did a TON of research on casters and ended up with a company called CasterCity online. The caster are 2-dual locking (rolling and pivoting) in the front and 2-non-locking casters in the back. Each is rated for 350lbs, and is made from a material that i can’t remember but is made for stationary machinary in that they will not develope a flat spot on them if they sit for awhile. As for bench strength, beside all 3/4” construction there is a 2×4 on edge screwed to the bottom of each bench sorta acting alike a joist or beam. I think they could handle 5x their weight. The lowest grade/weight thing are the drawer glides, and that’s cause i don’t have the money to get the nice ball bearing ones and went with the standard white slides. I thnk there raed for 100lbs though…...

-- John Gray

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#8 posted 03-12-2011 05:07 PM

Very nice. Even painted the insides! I like the way you cut out the top drawer for the vise.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#9 posted 03-12-2011 05:21 PM

Sweet, I have been going to modify my bench that now is attached to the wall. thanks for the plans. I love the way it is simple but well thought out. Very nice.

-- Nick,Pa.

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#10 posted 03-12-2011 11:19 PM

You’re right. They are too red. I’ll take them off your hands so you don’t have to look at them any longer. LOL! Nice job.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#11 posted 03-13-2011 05:55 AM

Those look great!! They’re pretty much exactly like I’ve been wanting to build, altho I’m going to make mine stationary cabinets along two adjoining walls. Do you have the site available that you saw them on? Any holding problems mounting the vise to the MDF? I’m torn between making the MDF/hardboard top like yours, or going to the extra work to rip and laminate construction 2x materials. My other big decision is, since they’re stationary and I’ve got a 9” foundation wall, do I notch out the cabinets so they fit against the framed sidewall? Or, leave the back straight and overhang the top farther in the back so IT goes up against the sidewall? Looks like it’s decision time, because after seeing your great build, I’ve got to get going!!! Greg

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#12 posted 03-13-2011 04:37 PM

Good stuff John… Really like these….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 03-13-2011 05:22 PM

Great benches. I love seeing nice fixtures and cabinetry in a shop.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#14 posted 03-13-2011 10:57 PM

@Pat, LOLOL…. gonna need a big truck to put them in….

@GregU, here is the site that got me started, they offer some of the plans for the bench for free.
The vise we will have to wait and see, i don’t use it much so idk. I was worried about how i mounted it, it was a last minute screw up on my part. I guess time will tell.

-- John Gray

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#15 posted 03-13-2011 10:58 PM

Would anyone be intersted in a Blog on this build, i have probably 50+ pics from start to finish….???

-- John Gray

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