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assembly table/workbench #1: assembling the base and top

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Blog entry by Greedo posted 1396 days ago 5927 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i have been looking for many months for ideas and a design that would suit my needs, when i fell on this link i was sold: http://www.shopnotes.com/issues/084/extras/classic-cabinet-base-workbench/
there is another link with the full plans but i can’t find it anymore.
anyway that was the design i liked, elaborate but not fancy.
here is the list of things i wanted for this:
i has to be nicelooking, a showpiece for my workshop. it has to offer a flat assembly surface, with adequate clamping/vices. it also must be a downdraft table and offer plenty of storage beneith.

assembly table

this is what i have made so far, the base carcass is pretty much done. all pine i had in stock. there are 6 drawers and a door on 1 side and 3 doors on the other side, although the cabinets won’t be verry deep as the drawers take up most space.
you can see i routed openings in the torsion box for the downdraft action.
on top there will be another layer of 12mm mdf that can be replaced when damaged, and beechwood all around with a row of benchdog holes and a vice up front.

assembly table

torsion box

here you can see the torsion box being made, i got most inspiration from the woodwhispers.
i gave up trying to nail the parts together. what a joke!
i ended up using rapid glue and clamps to just clamp it all together, went fine and fast.
scewing on the 2 exterior sheets was backbreaking.

router jig

here you can see a jig i came up with to route the benchdog holes in some beech that will go around the torsion box. made the whole thing go fast and accurately.

next is to figure out the whole downdraft thing, i have a turbine already but i don’t know yet how im gonne do it. and building a mechanism to lift the thing on wheels to roll it around when needed.



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1396 days ago

interesting design good job

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1246 days ago

Nice design.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1130 days ago

Nice project.
I used to get shop notes and woodsmith magazines when I started woodworking back in the 90’s. They have so many cool ideas.

-- New Auburn,WI

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