Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation #9: New Shop, New Bench

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Blog entry by Matt posted 04-13-2009 04:47 AM 1679 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Happiness is an Electrical Upgrade Part 9 of Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation series Part 10: Finished Some Benches »

As the first phase of actually building the storage and work areas for my shop, I decided to build the ‘New-Fangled Bench’. Oh boy, another one, right? After seeing the video, I just had to have this as my first real workbench.

A quick trip to the BORG and I had several pieces of 2X10 lumber in the shop. I got to stretch the legs on my Rigid Granite table saw while getting all of the boards cut. I took an approach that might be a bit different than what you might have taken. I built the top first. I thought I would make the top as flat as I possibly could so I used the top of my table saw as the guide to getting it all straight. When it was all said and done, the top boards have a ‘hair’ of cupping to the tune of less than a 1/16 of an inch. Once I learn to tune, sharpen, and use my jack plane, I should be able to get it really flat. I was really happy with how it turned out. Here is a shot of it sitting on my saw.

From there, I basically assembled on down to the feet. I attached the top leg support to the two legs then screwed that to the bench top. After that, I lined up the feet and created my pilot holes. Making sure things were ‘square’ as I went along, putting on the feet was uneventful. I flipped it over and, for the first time in my entire life, it didn’t rock even one micron. I’m serious. It’s solidly planted on the floor. I had to stop and pat myself on the back after that. I should go buy a lottery ticket or something. This never happens to me.

I still neet to add the stretcher between the legs and the parts that go with the pipes and clamps but it’s all downhill from here. I can’t wait to start using this thing. I also plan to add a second stretcher to the back leg so I can build a shelf down there to hold my hand and power tools that get used the most. Here are some more shots. It’s not pretty but it’s solid and it’s straight. That’s all I care about. All in all, I think I have between 6 and 8 hours total in this. My cost is right at $200.00. Not too shabby.


Take care,

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