Finally a Nice Bench and Workshop

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Project by Brad posted 08-09-2008 10:01 PM 3816 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So since I recently moved and had to leave my aircraft carrier size bench behind, I decided to build a “new and improved” version with some much needed storage!

Some of you will notice the workbench resembles one often seen on a certain show most of us all watch. I also built a work table seen on the NYW. The only difference between my bench and the original is the smaller number of adjustable shelves. I simply don’t have a radial arm saw with a dado just hanging around my shop waiting to make 50 shallow dado cuts… and the thought of doing that number of cuts with a router makes me want to stick my head in a planer.

One great thing about my new shop that is coming together is that every work station is 35 1/8 in height including the work bench and mobile table. Reason being is that I’m saving for a saw stop and according to them the tabletop is 35 1/8 high with the mobile base. So my days wrestling sheet goods are over! My shop will basically be one gigantic work surface.

One little trick I came up with was buying a box of large paper binders (my ear muffs are hanging on them) and used them to make a place to hang things on the face frame. I just couldn’t drill holes in the face frames so i thought this might be a great alternative and I can move them anywhere!

Check out the pics!

-- Brad --

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#1 posted 08-09-2008 10:46 PM

Nice CLEAN shop. Thanks for the tip on the binder clips I use them all the time but your time had passed me by.

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#2 posted 08-09-2008 11:24 PM

Great looking shop!

Thanks fror the post


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#3 posted 08-10-2008 02:03 AM

looks great!!!

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#4 posted 08-10-2008 02:36 AM

Nice looking shop. I know what you mean about the sheet goods. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 08-10-2008 02:43 AM

Nice bench and well organised shop. Good hand planes too.
Saw your PC Dovetail Jig, how often you use it? Just asking. I used mine once, then kept it out of dust…too beautiful to expose it. ha ha ha…
Take care and work safe.

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#6 posted 08-10-2008 04:31 AM

Nice pictures, from ”House Beautiful” magazine. Get out there and make a mess like the rest of us! Actually, I will applaud you on the cleanliness. I usually try to keep up with the dust and shavings in mine everyday. Now if I can just make myself throw out some scrap lumber. Thanks for the post.

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#7 posted 08-17-2008 05:21 AM

Nice setup. i like the assembly table. Sure could use one of them.

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#9 posted 10-17-2008 06:10 AM

Nice shop – that material did you use for the work surfaces?

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#10 posted 11-01-2008 06:14 PM

Thats a nice bench and workshop.

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#11 posted 11-26-2008 07:34 AM

actually the top is 1/8 inch hardboard. The wood trim sits flush with the hardboard and since the hardboard is doublesided when one side is nice and mangled you can flip it over and you have a nice new work surface. Someone has made a comment about water rings when i first made it so i got paranoid and coated the whole top with a coat of wax. Needles to say nothing sticks or stains it.

- Brad

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