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#1 posted 11-28-2018 02:59 AM

My combination workbench / outfeed / assembly table has a frame constructed primarily 2×6 lumber and is quite sturdy with no flex or movement and the overall mass of the unit (particularly when loaded) doesn’t budge while in use.

The top is very solid and has two layers of 3/4” plywood that is screwed (not glued) together and the work surface is a sheet of hardboard that is held in place with double sided tape and surrounded by a modified piece of oak trim. The hardboard surface is pleasant to work on and can be easily & inexpensively replaced once it becomes worn or damaged. The overall size is 4’ x 8’ with a 30” x 30” drop-down area that is used to provide a convenient height for my oscillating spindle / belt sander as well as my portable router table and scroll saw (all of which store in the workbench when not in use). The top extends beyond the frame to allow the use of clamps around the edges and the overall height is just below the top of my table saw (and a future upgraded table saw).

The side shown has shelving for my handheld power tools and the spot on the left is used to store the sander when necessary. The opposite side (still under construction) will have a pull-out drawer beneath the sander to store sandpaper, additional drawers on the other end to store a variety of woodworking hand tools and supplies, and the area between will have a drawer at the top for hand tools along with space beneath to store the portable router table and scroll saw.

At the present I use an extension cord for power but this will be replace by a section of 1/2” metal conduit recessed into the anti-fatigue mat between the workbench and the saws to supply power to the drop down area and the table saw end. For dust collection, I use a 4” flexible hose for the table saw that is stored out of the way (beneath my radial arm saw) when not needed, and a shop vac / Dust Deputy combo is used for tools on the drop-down area (though at some point I may plumb this into the main dust collection system).

The amount of storage I gained with the workbench is quite sizable and having the things I regularly use at a convenient spot to easily grab is very convenient. The size of the work surface allows plenty of room for projects to spread out, or for the occasional times that I have simultaneous ongoing projects. I may add a vise or two at some point and adapting a spot for installation should be easy to do. The entire unit was assembled with deck screws to allow for any future changes or modifications, but since building the unit, I have found it to be quite nice as built. My overall workshop is 30’ x 40’ x 10’h but for convenience and for the type of projects I create, I wanted my woodworking area to be somewhat compact to save unnecessary movement or walking around, and the combination work area / bench / table fit nicely into that concept.

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