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Forum topic by wichman3 posted 08-06-2017 05:18 PM 849 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2017 05:18 PM

So, I’m finally in my new (to me) house and am ready to start work on the 16×18 shop. It’s small but workable.

I’m thinking that a flip top work bench may be a good idea. Have any of you use or have used this idea? I’m looking for Pro/con on the subject. How sturdy/wobbly can I reasonably expect? I know I’m not going to be pounding the snot out of anything on it, so….

I was thinking I could bolt several small tools (scroll saw, small belt sanders) to one side and have the other side clear for assembly / finishing. I have seen plans that have a finished size of 30×60.

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#1 posted 08-06-2017 05:59 PM

Inevitable that you will have parts laid out and then need a tool bolted to the other side. Or at least it would be for me, maybe you are a better planner.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 08-06-2017 07:25 PM

Lot’s of plans out there, Family Handyman did one a couple of years ago. 30×60 seems big though and your top and the axle would have to be really beefy. The tools you’re talking about are fairly small and maybe you’d be better served mounting them on a surface and hanging that on the wall of just putting them on a shelf under the surface when you want it clear.

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