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Blog entry by Bermuda_Les posted 10-26-2015 02:54 PM 1150 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I’ve finally done all the little bits this weekend, and I am considering the New Workshop complete. I started this back on July 6th, and it’s finally done this weekend. Over three and a half months, with many delays including a hurricane, but Thank God It’s Over. I put the ledger pieces up on the wall for the french cleat system. I have two eight foot lengths, so sixteen running feet in total of cleats on which to hang my tools. Looking forward to getting creative in doing that.

Then I started on the Fold-Down Workbench designed by April Wilkerson (http://wilkerdos.com/2015/03/diy-folding-workbench/).

I had to change the design because in April’s version she attached the workbench to a 38” support beam she screwed to a pre-existing wall. I did not have that luxury, and my board (2×4) was 64” long so that changed her design slightly. I had to cut the side supports of the workbench to accommodate the fact that my support beam did not go inside the table as hers does. And because of this I was able to use the entire length of my 48” piano hinge without cutting it as April did.

I rebated the side supports an inch so they would rest on the support beam.

The attachment of the legs was the way April did them and did not need modification. The only issue is that because my workbench support beam does not fit neatly inside the frame as does April’s, my legs do not fold down flat inside the workbench when stored upright, as they hit the support beam, whereas the support beam on April’s workbench was cut to accommodate this.

I attached a small shop-made latch to hold the workbench up when not in use. Because of the vinyl wall etc, this was of my design.

But other than those relatively minor adjustments, the workbench looks great, and operates wonderfully. It folds down easily and is sturdy. In my small shop. this will be a godsend. Thank you April.

From here on I’ll be working ”IN” my workshop, rather that working ”ON” it. Just for fun I just stuck most of my machines inside last last night just to get a feel for how tight it would be. There’s still a lot of things not where they ultimately will be, and the workbench is down and there’s wood piled up all over, but there’s still room to swing a cat around.

And speaking of cats, here is Alys the workshop cat, staking her claim to a chair in the workshop.

It’s a tight squeeze, but I think it’ll work just fine. Thanks for following along.

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!



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racerglen

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#1 posted 10-26-2015 10:30 PM

Nice Les, great to see another shop coming together, despite hurricanes ! What kind of trusses are those holding up the roof ?

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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AandCstyle

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#2 posted 10-26-2015 10:37 PM

Les, congratulations on the “completion” of your shop. Well done!

-- Art

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Bermuda_Les

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#3 posted 10-27-2015 11:04 AM


Nice Les, great to see another shop coming together, despite hurricanes ! What kind of trusses are those holding up the roof ?

- racerglen

Hi Glen,

The garage came as a kit. The trusses are made of steel. Fairly light steel for the most part, with two fairly heavy ones you can see in the photo.

Les

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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Bermuda_Les

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#4 posted 10-27-2015 11:06 AM



Les, congratulations on the “completion” of your shop. Well done!

- AandCstyle

Thanks Art,

It’s good to have it done after so long.

Les

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 10-27-2015 12:53 PM

It will make a nice workspace, Les. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Bermuda_Les

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#6 posted 10-27-2015 01:03 PM



It will make a nice workspace, Les. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks Charles.

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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stefang

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#7 posted 10-27-2015 05:53 PM

Looks great, congratulations Les. Your shop is close to the same ‘hallway width’ of mine. A little close, but great for saving a lot of walking and if you’re not clumsy like me you won’t be knocking stuff off your work surfaces all time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Bermuda_Les

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#8 posted 10-27-2015 08:49 PM



Looks great, congratulations Les. Your shop is close to the same hallway width of mine. A little close, but great for saving a lot of walking and if you re not clumsy like me you won t be knocking stuff off your work surfaces all time.

- stefang

Thanks Stefang,

Something to be said for close quarters!

Les

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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#9 posted 10-27-2015 09:25 PM

Looking good Les, I am now awaiting the hurricane from within the shed !!

-- Regards Robert

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NormG

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#10 posted 10-28-2015 04:17 AM

Congrats, have a great time in your new shop

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Bermuda_Les

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#11 posted 10-28-2015 12:53 PM



Looking good Les, I am now awaiting the hurricane from within the shed !!

- robscastle

Hmmm, yes… a cloud of dust and small wood particals…

Thanks Rob.

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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Bermuda_Les

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#12 posted 10-28-2015 12:53 PM



Congrats, have a great time in your new shop

- NormG

Thanks Norm.

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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dbray45

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#13 posted 10-28-2015 01:00 PM

Looks great but I would like to make one note -

I see you have a tile floor that may be waxed (it is shiny). I found out the hard way that waxed floors and sawdust are not your friends – unless you also ice skate. Between the sawdust and polished floor, you lose almost all traction.

Unfinished tiles are seriously safer.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Bermuda_Les

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#14 posted 10-28-2015 04:43 PM


Looks great but I would like to make one note -

I see you have a tile floor that may be waxed (it is shiny). I found out the hard way that waxed floors and sawdust are not your friends – unless you also ice skate. Between the sawdust and polished floor, you lose almost all traction.

Unfinished tiles are seriously safer.

- dbray45

Thank you for your input. The tiles are shiny because they are freshly laid and haven’t really been walked on yet, also they have a raised diamond pattern, and are used in high-end automotive garages and places that are likely to have oil spills and and/or grease on the floor.

They are seriously non-skid. I got a great deal on them from a flooring dealer who was looking to offload them. In fact the raised diamonds are so high it presents a little issue getting mobile bases to move easily. But hey, you can’y have everything. Thank you for your concern, you are correct about slippery floors.

Les

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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dbray45

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#15 posted 10-29-2015 03:33 PM

Found that one out the hard way.

Good job!

-- David in Damascus, MD

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