Shed Workbench

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 03-15-2014 02:58 AM 4962 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Aside from our woodshop here is Arizona, we have a 8×10 shed where a lot of the work gets done. Ours had a rickety workbench made of 2×2 legs with the pegboard fastened to it on the back on long 2×2’s. Consequently when I tried to saw anything, the whole bench danced and everything dropped from the pegboard. I could only handle this for one or two times and the old bench had to go.
This new bench is built on 3- 2×4 rectangles. This is because of the proximity of the shed to back of the trailer as seen in the 3rd picture. I could not turn a bench to get it in there and this was a cheap way to build it. The shelves had to be cut in 2 lengthwise to be installed but that was okay. It is 22” deep and 85” long. It has cross bracing in both directions for stability and it stays put when you saw on it. It may get some drawers in that top opening next year but I wanted to make it a visual shop so I had everything out in the open so I can see right where it is. I still need containers for screws etc.

The pegboard was mounted to frames built onto the walls and independent from the bench. It is on 2 walls now and I will post the little holding devices in another project posting. The last 2 shots are of the pegboard that went in first.

It not a Roubo bench by any means but it fits the setting. I added outlets ina few places around the shed and and an easy to reach light switch that i can find in the dark!!

Now I have a close place to work on small projects and do some finishing out of the wind and the dust in the woodshop.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 03-15-2014 03:12 AM

A neat looking bench for your work Jim, when do the projects start coming.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 03-15-2014 03:21 AM

Jim, all you need now is a good layer of sawdust.
Your shed looks as confined as mine.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 03-15-2014 03:41 AM

Considering the size & space limitations, I’d say that came really nice Jim.
Looks good and sturdy too.
Good job.

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#4 posted 03-15-2014 03:47 AM

That’s a fine sturdy looking bench Jim and you still have lots of room for a chevalet.
Life can’t be bad when you have two shops.

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

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#5 posted 03-15-2014 04:36 AM

Looks similar to the first one I ever built in my late teens living at home. Not the prettiest but sturdy. Remember there are homes away from homes and workbenches away from homes.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 03-15-2014 04:55 AM

I looks like it fits well, nice looking bench.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#7 posted 03-15-2014 05:03 AM

Nice solution to the cramped entry way Jim! Keep the projects coming!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 03-15-2014 09:41 AM

Glad to see that you have a place to function. Keep them coming sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 03-15-2014 10:44 AM

Looks good Jim. Sometimes we need to scale our work to the shop and not the other way around. Your bench looks very stable and very useful. I imagine that the weather is so good there in Arizona that you can do a lot of your woodworking outdoors. I wish I had that option, but the weather here is just too unpredictable with all the rain and wind we get, even in the summer.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-15-2014 11:08 AM

Way to go! Looks good, a win, win project, Practical, sturdy and very functional enjoy it, and have a great day.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 03-15-2014 01:21 PM

Jim, this will certainly be a nice addition to your shed near your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 03-15-2014 01:38 PM

Jim Prolific Jakosh

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#13 posted 03-15-2014 04:15 PM

It works Jim, that is all that counts. Nice job.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 03-15-2014 06:04 PM

Very good, Jim…

Looks like you solved your bench problems!

COOL design…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#15 posted 03-15-2014 09:34 PM

Very timely Jim, I am starting from scratch on my w/shop at our new home, this looks a practical & sturdy workhorse for you & the troops.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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