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Well, I finally got around to making this thing.

I re-used old materials that were left in the garage by the previous owners.
I made mistakes, and it's far from perfect, Though at least I have a surface to work on that isn't a dresser or plastic tub. Looking forward to getting the table saw and miter saw station set up, that would have made things a little easier. Can't wait to start the next project.

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Yeah, I know, the garage is a mess. This is part of the clean up process :) Trying to get projects done and out of the garage to make room. Some future project plans are some organization builds
 

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Good start. Build on it!
 

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Nice job on the bench. That was the first thing I built for my new house/garage. All with wood leftover from prev owners as well.

How are the legs attached to the top? You might look into a stretcher to help with the cross force on the legs

Next up should be a cabinet to go above that bench. ;)
 

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The legs are attached with 4 screws to the boxframe under the top. I'll post a picture in a bit. I had thought about the stretcher, though I have to get another board for that. I used up all the wood from the billboard to make the table. Designed it before hand using sketchup



Nice job on the bench. That was the first thing I built for my new house/garage. All with wood leftover from prev owners as well.

How are the legs attached to the top? You might look into a stretcher to help with the cross force on the legs

Next up should be a cabinet to go above that bench. ;)

- Steve
 

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If there is any ply left over you can screw it to the back for the same effect as a stretcher without the loss of leg room.
 

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I only have the 2 clamps right now so I couldn't do it the way I would have liked. I may try and level the table out better later. Though the main goal for this was to get a work table to get going on other projects. Doing this definitely made me realize some tools I'm missing. Sadly, I forgot about the miter saw till after I had already cut most of the boards so the leg's were not cut perfectly and had a lot of splintering off from the circular saw…though that could be the old blade or just the wrong type of blade. I used what I had since I've been off work since March due to the pandemic. Unfortunately money has about ran out so I'll probably have to take another contract job away from home which means I won't have access to my garage for awhile once I leave. Do what we gotta do though
 

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Unfortunately Mark that top was made by splitting the plyboard in half and doubling it up. I have a few 2×4's in the shed that I had planned to use for making some racks in there, though If the table seems too loose I may snag one of those to sturdy it up. I'm looking on craigslist and facebook swap/marketplace for alternative sources of wood. Found some pallets, and actually seen a boxspring. Figure I could take those apart for some free wood minus the time and effort. Least it'll give me something to work with until I start getting an income again.
If there is any ply left over you can screw it to the back for the same effect as a stretcher without the loss of leg room.

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Dumpster diving at construction sites would supply all you need around here. They're always building houses.
 

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Nice starter bench. I started with Steve Ramsey's BMW (basic mobile workbench) It was one sheet of plywood and some 2×4's. I am part way into my second bench build over two years later. I had very few tools back then and to this day most projects are shop improvement ones. I hope you have fun with this and future projects, its addictive!
 

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Nice build, and to say "and it's far from perfect" isn't necessarily true. If it serves the function for which it was made, it's perfect. You didn't make it to be fine furniture or to be put on display. I'm sure it'll be a very functional shop bench, and if you think you made mistakes, consider it a learning lesson.
 

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Well, I used the bench for it's first project. Finishing up a particle board desk re-build. Much better than painting panels on a tub or cardboard on the floor. :)

 

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I actually just read a post earlier talking about the 12 best sources for free wood. That was one of the top listed examples. I found a good size board up in the attic earlier. Could potentially make a good top or shelves for future shop features, so I'll have to get that down at some point. I cleaned up half the garage and I moved the table saw over to start cleanup/refurb. Will probably get a sheet of plywood to make a sled soon after

Dumpster diving at construction sites would supply all you need around here. They re always building houses.

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Good start, keep it up. Scrawl the date you built it on on the underside. Someday you'll look at it and smile - was it that long ago? Where did the time go!?
 

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I think I held off for years because of moving around so much, and being afraid to start when I couldn't get set up. Though I'm enjoying it, the work table was the poppin the pringles can moment. lol Can't stop now. I'll probably hold off on doing anything too elaborate as far as bench's and work stations till I get a better feel of what I need and hopefully get some projects that can turn in some money to pay for the hobby.
Nice starter bench. I started with Steve Ramsey s BMW (basic mobile workbench) It was one sheet of plywood and some 2×4 s. I am part way into my second bench build over two years later. I had very few tools back then and to this day most projects are shop improvement ones. I hope you have fun with this and future projects, its addictive!

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old dressers or entertainment centers are also another good source for wood.
 

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I'm definitely rethinking some of my views on old furniture because of this. I turned down a worn out couch recently, wishing I hadn't. I'm considering flipping furniture to try and make some side cash, though I will probably be taking an aircraft contract again so I can pay the mortgage before I lose the house. Hard to gamble on something I've never done before to pay the bills.
old dressers or entertainment centers are also another good source for wood.

- Steve
 
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