Work Center

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Project by doncutlip posted 09-16-2011 12:21 AM 4890 views 37 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First picture is my work center. It’s just 2×4s, inexpensive 3/4 sheathing, some pine boards and luan. The top is double layer MDF. It’s bolted to the wall and the floor. It has full extension drawers, rail and style doors, a small shelf with a light above like you’d have in your kitchen cabinets. Next is my clamp rack, I saw in in one of the Shop Notes books and built it just like it was shown. It’s on wheels, allowing you to have you clamps right at hand during glue-up. Then I show my finishing cart, also on wheels. Underneath is all the solvents, finishes, brushes, etc., for finishing. On the side there looking like a mailbox is a compartment for rags. Finally there’s my table, with some junk on it – looks more natural that way. It has many mortise and tenon joints, is very heavy – but I just bouht the butcher block top. Drawers have chisels, measuring & marking and my pocket hole drill. I guess now I should build something real.
Update – added a picture of my bandsaw cut tenons and my planer stand.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#1 posted 09-16-2011 12:41 AM

Very nice looking shop furniture. I really lie all of it. Very functional looking.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#2 posted 09-16-2011 01:52 AM

Nicely done!

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#3 posted 09-16-2011 02:28 AM

Very impressive. Gives me some ideas for a blank wall in my shop.

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#4 posted 09-16-2011 02:53 AM

Nice job Don – looks good and functional.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 09-16-2011 03:56 AM

Nice job on the work center.

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#6 posted 09-16-2011 04:57 AM

Wonderful example of how you can make great looking and functional stuff from inexpensive materials. Nice work!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-16-2011 05:47 AM

Nice workcenter and bench! I’m not sure about building ‘something real’, I just tend to give those projects away. My workshop projects I get to keep!

-- Smitty

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#8 posted 09-16-2011 06:15 AM

You should be enjoying those pieces for a long time, Nice furniture.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#9 posted 09-16-2011 06:32 PM

Very well done!!!

Thanks for sharing!!


-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#10 posted 09-16-2011 11:56 PM

Thanks for the comments. I don’t have a table saw yet, so what you see came from a circular saw, bandsaw (I love my bandsaw), router table, planer and jointer. Plus quite a few pocket hole joints.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 11-08-2011 04:41 AM

I agree with Smitty…. These are the real projects. They look great, they’re functional and they are yours to cherish. All of that other crap just seems to disappear.
I am about to move into my newest and largest shop and there is a lot of inspiration in this single post. Thank you!

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#12 posted 12-23-2011 05:35 PM

Nice shop orginzers and my i say very well built, make the sawdust fly.

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#13 posted 01-15-2012 02:24 AM

Very nice and organized. Wish my shop looked like that

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#14 posted 01-15-2012 05:41 AM

with thoughts made by people in my past that have seen a shop look like this (beautiful by the way) i have to ask, and i’m not being smart, does it really get used or is it just for display? :) :)

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#15 posted 01-15-2012 05:49 AM

that work table is super, looks like you could put the front end of a truck on it and it woulldn’t budge. did you get plans for the table or think it up yourself?

maybe one day i’ll grow up and have a shop to look like yours! :):)


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