Balanced Work Bench #5: Giving my bench some VOLTS

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Blog entry by Jeremiah posted 09-07-2013 01:44 PM 1243 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So far so good.

A few setbacks and mistakes (to be expected) but over all its been great.

The bench is all made out of 2×4s and 2×6s from Lowes with 3/16 thick white oak veneered on top.

Now its time to power it up. To start with i needed a power bar where i do most of my work.

I had some left over grey/black “hammered finish” oil paint that i covered all the boxes, switch plates and the power bar itself. It tied in the look of the pulls nicely.

See the switch next to the power bar, it powers the shop vac I have on the opposite side of the bench. Eventually i’m going to have a 2 stage separater on it and it will feed into a port next to the drawers.

I also plan on keeping my cordless drills in one of the drawers. I decided it would be nice to have the chargers in the drawer with them so i put an outlet inside the cabinet, behind the drawers. I’ll zip tie and secure the cords and make it look all neat later.

Lastly i put a double plug on the outside corner of the bench. This spot is close to my door (for running drop cords to the yard) and for powering tools in the center of my shop (if needed)

This concludes (for now) the electrical work. Now on to the doors to the vac area and the end vise…i have some very ambitious plans for that

Thanks for looking. I’m happy to answer any questions or post more pics if anyone wants them

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