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Planning the Makeover #1: SketchUp Plans - Workbench #1

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Blog entry by Jeison posted 02-04-2010 04:01 AM 8724 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Planning the Makeover series Part 2: SketchUp Plans - Sheet Goods & Cutoff Rack »

Edit: Thanks to everyone (esp DaveR) for their suggestions/help/nitpicking :D I completely redid the project and got rid of the wierd dimensions and such, and I’m much happier with it now. I didn’t bother with cutouts or shims for the vise this time since until I get one, thats kind of pointless, and overall tried to keep it simple.

Here is the Sketchup File

I had fun working on the Sheet Goods rack, I decided to get going on some of the other projects I have planned for the spring as I turn my garage into more of a real workshop. I think next up I may as well model the garage itself, but I wanted to finish this first.

Anyways, the basic plan came from ShopNotes 109, tho I modified it a bit, made it about 30% longer (added a third bay) added doors, a slide out cabinet for my trusty garbage bin, a tail vise, and used rabbet and dados rather than just plain butt joints.

The really complex models (hinges, slides, vise, etc) I just pulled from the 3D warehouse, from models that were closest to what I plan to use, so I wasn’t worried about getting them 100% perfect, I’ll have to make adjustments when I actually build it.

This is actually the first of two workbenches, the back of my garage has an approx 12×6 alcove, and they will either be butted up against one another along the back wall, or across from one another on the short side walls, so I sized them to take that into account. Also this has a tail vise, the second bench will have a face vise.

I decided not to use bench dogs, instead opting for “Dog Track” (patent pending LOL) basically T-tracks embedded in the wood top, so i can make my own stop blocks, attach benchtop tools that can slide out of the way when done, and attach some of the jigs I have planned directly to the workbench without clamps. We’ll see if this is one of my Bright Ideas™ or another opportunity for a facepalm heh.

Most of the construction will be 3/4” plywood, 1/2” for the drawers, with a solid wood top (I’m thinking 2×3 construction lumber to start, eventually replaced with maple as budget allows)

Workbench 1

and heres an “open” view (man was it a PITA to figure out how to do this LOL!!)

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.



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Enthalpy

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#1 posted 02-05-2010 03:15 PM

I do believe you mean “PETA” (People Eating Tastey Animals”

It’s where your going, not where you have been.

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#2 posted 02-05-2010 07:34 PM

“HAMBURGER IS MURDER!! ...tasty, tasty murder…”

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 02:30 AM

Oh fudgesicles. Dunno what happened, but link’s fixed now. \o/ now let the picking nits proceed!!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 04:59 AM

Awesome thanx!

Keep forgetting about that Purge Unused feature.

The weird dimensions I do need to fix, I try to keep sizes to the nearest 1/8” whenever possible, (any more accurate than that and I just don’t trust my skills or measuring tools that much yet!), the original design was a shorter, 2-bay butt-jointed bench, I input that and then changed it to my design rather than start from scratch, so as I pushed/pulled/scaled things it got a bit outta whack, and I lost track of a lot of things, I may just redo it piece by piece from scratch now that I know what the final design should be like.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#5 posted 02-06-2010 06:38 AM

Looks good to me

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 02-17-2010 07:01 AM

Just finished redoing the workbench model, I basically started from scratch, completely remodeled it to get all the dimensions to play nice (yay no more 64ths of an inch huzzah! lol!!) The pictures and file link in the main text above are for the new version.

I didn’t bother to play with the cutouts for the vise since I don’t know what kind I’ll be getting yet, so thats why its just sticking through the side. I also just noticed the little bit thingys sticking out of the hinges, but since they’re just “placeholders” it doesn’t bother me.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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