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Workbench #1: Getting my shop organized and needed space to WORK

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Blog entry by MadJester posted 09-12-2014 03:26 PM 1731 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Rather than try to lump this in with all the other things, I decided an ongoing project format was probably best for this one. My buddy had an old workbench top from some school workshop….not sure exactly where he got it, and it’s probably not a standard depth, but it worked out great for this project. I had the contractors save as much of the spare lumber as they could from the renovations that were happening on my building last winter, so the legs are made of 2” x 6” pine that they were using for bracing up the building (the rest of the bracing went back into making the wall sturdy…everything got used, which is an idea that I love…waste nothing!)

My buddy also has a Kreg jig, so we used that for the construction method…It was the first time for me using it, and I liked it just fine…every thing seems solid and sturdy…

The top is still not attached, and we plan on putting on a small storage compartment area along the back as well as at least one vise…

I’ll keep you updated on the progression!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle



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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 09-12-2014 05:08 PM

Looks as solid as a brick shithouse
Welcome back to the land of the land of the living dead

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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MadJester

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#2 posted 09-12-2014 05:36 PM

Thanks Jamie…it certainly is! The thing weighs a ton….I think with all that’s happened, I’m going more for the “can’t move it if I tried” line of shop essentials!! :D

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 09-12-2014 09:31 PM

Good workbench. Essential in the shop.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 09-12-2014 09:45 PM

Yup, a workbench is an essential…..
I needs to get me one. Well, I have one…. an el cheapo one, out in the garage.

Yours looks a tad more stout than mine!!!

Just a tip, regarding picture sizing….
I resize all my pictures to “700 Pixels” in width.
That way the entire image is visible.

I hope you are enjoying “upgrading” your shop!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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NormG

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#5 posted 09-13-2014 01:11 AM

Its a work in progress actually

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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bbrown

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#6 posted 09-13-2014 01:26 PM

Great functional bench. Mine was a 20 dollar find on Craigslist that I keep adding stuff to. I’ll post photos one of these days.

May I ask what you used for the shop floor – it’s really nice (? ash). I hope to install a nice hardwood floor over the current cement slab.

—Bill

-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8

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MadJester

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#7 posted 09-14-2014 02:08 AM

Thanks Monte! Yes, Norm…definitely a work in progress! :D DIY….thanks for the info on that…I was wondering what the heck happened with the pic!

bbrown…the flooring is solid oak…with the accident that happened, I needed to replace the flooring…in that section there used to be carpeting/linoleum carpeting…(the building is super old…), so when it came time to replace, I told my contractor that if the flooring guys brought in anything but solid wood, I’d be applying for a burn permit!!! LOL…..I got the oak flooring, but the only problem is that now I’m worried about messing it up! I have a piece of cardboard down, and I think I’ll put an old piece of plywood down over that…just to be on the safe side….

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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mafe

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#8 posted 09-14-2014 10:24 AM

I love the detail that you have a fan, blowing cold air under your workbench, this must be due to the fact, that you will be making the hottest projects!
Smiles.
Wonderful to get a used bench top, like this you can feel the life of others working there before, the feel of time.
May you get many wonderful hours there,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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MadJester

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#9 posted 09-15-2014 12:08 AM

Thanks Mads! The fan is on the other side now, but I hope it’s all smokin’ hot projects that come off that bench!! LOL

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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mafe

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#10 posted 09-15-2014 07:58 PM

Smiles.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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