Finnish a workbench #1: Sketches and ideas

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Blog entry by Per Isacsson posted 06-25-2011 02:18 PM 7040 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When making tools or other project for the workshop I unfortunately often starts out on one level of lets say quality and then during the journey I seems to increase it. Just as with my tool cabinet that stared out as quick and dirty then the perfectionist inside me got hold of me and made a furniture out of it.
Just the same with my workbench project that I started out in 2002. At that stage I just had a table in my workshop and I decided that i should make something better.
So I stared to build new legs for my new workbench out of construction pine wood, just a cheap wood as it comes. But some where down the line I decided that I should build a proper workbench, so I started to look at the web for ideas and input and even bought a book.
At this stage the intension from the original idea with pine wood legs had radically changed. But I thought that I just use the leg temporarily until I can make new once. The budget had was eaten up by all the beech wood I needed for the table top.
Well we all no how easy temporarily becomes permanent.
The pine wood is so soft that is was impossible to get the bench sturdy, thats the reason for the plywood “skirt” on tops of the legs and the diagonal braising at the back of the legs.

But now 9 years later:-) I think it time to replace those legs on the workbench.
I bought a couple of 50mm thick beech planks that I think will be enough for this project.
Since space is always needed I would like to build the bench cabinet so it is full of drawers.
One sets of drawers that are as wide as legs are today and one sets of drawers under the corner vice.
To be able to design this and make it to fit the present worktable I have made a sketchup drawing of the the tabletop. This way I hope I would be able to make some drawings and plans for the workbench cabinet.

Today my workbench is 950mm high and that suits me well so I will build the new workbench cabinet so the hight remains the same.
There are two major designs things the I have not figure out how to do yet

1. I want one leg just there the right front leg is today so this point of the workbench has a much support and stiffness as possible then chopping with chisels. The drawback is that the drawers to the rights does not get very wide. And I can not place a leg in the right front corner due to the corner vice.

2. My workbench is rather wide (770mm) and the longest full extension drawer hardware I can find is about 600mm so that leaves me with 170m (minus drawers handles and so on) unused space in the back. This is just a waste of space so I want to come up with something cleaver I can use this space for.

So basically this is the start for this project, I will post the progress on this blog.
By the way can I post a sketchup file in this blog as well, do anyone know?
// Per

-- Per I

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#1 posted 06-27-2011 03:47 PM

Beautiful, Per. ...............Jim

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#2 posted 06-27-2011 03:53 PM

I’m pretty sure you can’t post a sketchup file, but if you save it to the Sketchup 3D warehouse, you can post a link.

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