foster workbench working tray

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Project by garysharp posted 05-19-2013 04:08 PM 3590 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A shortcomings of the foster workbench is that the holes in the top prevents you from doing fine intricate work like installing hinges or other fine work, with small parts.
To overcome this deficiency I decided to build a tray out of maple plywood with a rim to corral any parts that may try to run away from you. The front edge of the tray is open going up but does have a lower lip going down to catch on the front edge of the foster workbench.
The tray can also be raised up on blocks, to do work with clamps from underneath, as shown in the next to last picture, where I am marking and measuring doors for a cabinet.
The last picture shows the Alvin marquetry cutting pad, with tools for cutting veneer.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#1 posted 05-19-2013 05:58 PM

Great idea. Thanks for showing

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

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#2 posted 05-20-2013 03:38 AM

Great bench with great jigs. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#3 posted 05-20-2013 05:38 AM

Good solution Gary.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 05-20-2013 08:01 AM

Terrific attention to detail and custom function. I enjoy seeing the creativity people share here. Thanks for posting.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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