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.
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