Small Shop Adventures #1: Small shop adventures.

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Blog entry by BrockF posted 08-22-2014 08:28 PM 2380 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The construction of the new garage last fall gave me a clean slate for setting up my small shop. The lone survivor in terms of shop furniture from that leaky, damp mess was my workbench. It survived several months in public storage and the trip back and forth. The top is solid and heavy and I don’t like to waste. It reminded me of how far I have come in my wood working and how much more I still have to learn. I scrapped the base but kept the top, thinking about how best to use it. I am also building a much larger and better bench but I wanted a small one for rough and dirty work. Then I saw a few designs for fold down benches and decided to go with that approach. It seems the hallmark of small shops that share space with a car half the year is versatility. Rather than mount it on a wheeled base, I wanted something that could almost disappear when not needed. Placing it below 4 feet on the wall means other tools and stuff could live in front of it too until it was needed and it will not interfere with wall storage. Placing it under the window will make use of morning light and in the evening its shady and pleasant.

It took some fussing to mount the drop down supports and get it all squared up. But a small cleat on each side keeps the wings from popping out. Still have to add some stiffeners and a cotter pin for safety on each side and remount the vice but I’m pleased so far with the result.

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#1 posted 08-22-2014 08:56 PM

Good idea

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#2 posted 08-23-2014 10:41 PM

great install, like the heavy nature of the top. the beefy braces will allow full use, outstanding.

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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#3 posted 08-24-2014 01:49 AM

I seem to have started this blog in the middle and I should do the right thing and give you the meat and potatoes of why it is a real small shop adventure.

Here is the link to the video of the old garage being torn down. It had survived being whacked by tree branches in some pretty big storms, but it was old and literally rotting so anything valuable had to be kept in “dry spots”. Not exactly conducive to creating a real shop.

Last fall, due to unforeseen circumstances we had to tear it down and rebuild from scratch.

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#4 posted 08-24-2014 03:45 PM

Sorry about the misplaced comment. This was supposed to be the start of part 2.

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