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Project by JL7 posted 03-05-2012 01:04 AM 5213 views 31 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Don’t really know what to call this so I remembered that Martyn – the Brit with the coolest boxes ever always has names for his stuff. I’ve been working on this for so long I can’t remember exactly when I started – but I know for sure, it was all of February, so Leap Bench it is…........

The quick version is I wanted to incorporate several tools on the same wall to minimize space and maximize the utilization…..

Most of the details are in the blog here. Or you can watch the video….

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Thanks for looking!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 01:13 AM

Along the way it gave you time to think just where you wanted each tool to be placed. You did a wonderful job of doing so. Great looking set up

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

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 01:20 AM

Nice! I really like the slide out shelf’s for your tools and scrap. You can never have to much storage space.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 01:22 AM

That is great – I am about to start building something similar, with everything custom as you did. What type of wood did you build the infrastructure out of?

-- Josh, Columbus, GA

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 01:42 AM

Jeff you have created a wonderful working environment. I noticed a little frame under your workbench. I will wait to see what that becomes.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 01:52 AM

I wish
Great set up Jeff .
The forward thinking that went into this is amazing .
Well done and especially the sander sliding table .
I have work to do now in my squirrels nest and get into shape .


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 01:53 AM

Wow, thats a great set up, makes your already great shop even more envious.

-- Ryan

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 02:00 AM

Thanks Norm – that’s it exactly- Build a bit and then think….there were many things I would have done different now (after the fact), but none of them are real major, so no regrets…..

Paul – i like the scrap bin idea as well – I usually end up throwing the scraps at the trash can and missing…....can you relate?

Josh – looking forward to seeing what you come up with…..The bench top is bowling alley maple and jatoba and the base is (mostly) red oak, some of the shelves are white oak….

Dave – the frame you saw is this. Just never got around to finishing it…..Now I’m thinking maybe a few basic cabinets with some birdseye raised panels instead…...:)

Kiefer and Ryan – appreciate all the commnets!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 03-05-2012 02:52 AM

I think I´ve already said so, your shop is getting better all the time.

I like the drill press standing behind the MS fence. There is a lot of space there. How tall is the D Press table? Seems to be almost at eye level.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#9 posted 03-05-2012 03:01 AM

Hey Fernando – still waiting for your new posts??!! Show us the good stuff…....

The drill press is just fine – but I’m 6’........Too lazy to go any measure tonight, but I think looks are deceiving, it is at the pretty standard height…..

Thanks for the nice words my friend.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 03-05-2012 03:12 AM

Great setup, you did an awesome job, now let’s see you put it to work.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#11 posted 03-05-2012 03:24 AM

Thanks Marty… worries on whether it will get used – the miter saw and drum sander at least will get a regular workout…..guaranteed…....I can’t even tell you already how much I appreciate the miter saw with kreg rulers built in and I only installed it this morning…....

The RAS is new in the shop so time will tell how much we bond….....


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 03-05-2012 03:37 AM

Fernando – here is another photo I didn’t post before – gives you a better idea on the drill press height…..and I have the table cranked up real high so I could photograph the pretty maple below it…....


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#13 posted 03-05-2012 03:52 AM

This is awesome.

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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#14 posted 03-05-2012 03:54 AM

Fantastic work. That is a phenomenal build. I love how so many tools have the same bench and fence, and the dust collection looks miles better than others I’ve seen (including mine).

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#15 posted 03-05-2012 04:05 AM

You are on a roll. I like the way you incorporated the drill press. Time to get into the “good stuff” from the stash now.

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