Shrink the workbench (if you can call it that, it more a table top right now)
OK no lynching, it is not an actual proper workbench! ;-)
Sounds counterintuitive, but it is actually too big for a tiny shop. It is there only because I reused what I had without any changes. I recycle this from the time I made concrete countertops for the kitchen. This one and a few more held the molds where the concrete was curing before being moved and installed into the kitchen. Fundamentally a sheet of ¾ inch ply, re-enforced sitting on sawhorses. It was sturdy enough for the 2.5 inch x 24” x 8 ‘ slab of concrete but surprisingly, not for woodworking. It’s too light and bounces when trying to do stuff on it. So really, it is for light duty work. You can see it on Pic 3 of my Workshop. I have asked one of my friends who sometime does Kitchen Renos to keep an eye out for me for old kitchen cabinets I could use along one wall for storage, but until he comes through, I need a temporary solution.
The main issue, it is too deep! It is 36” deep. So when I am in front, I can’t reach the wall behind. Also the sawhorses below actually take a lot of floor space I could use for other things. So I will cut it down to 24” and try to mount it to maximize access to the space below. I’ll use the 12” cutoff as a shelf just above it to help de-clutter the top. As I have yet another one just like it outside that is just sitting there, I was thinking to actually using that also to sandwich a few 2×6 to create a kind of box to put some drawers in it. Attached to the wall, it will more like a cantilever countertop/bench. Nothing fancy, practical all the way! Normally I would just build the stuff and not bother with drawing for this simple kind of stuff but since I chose to “chronicle” and to leave traces behind for others with tiny shop syndrome to benefit then I feel compel to provide at least rudimentary drawings until I can actually build the thing. For those who remember, my time in the shop is far between and generally short.
The drawers are likely to be very simple pine box on hardwood runners, with some hardboard dividers to be added at a later time. I’m thinking at trying my dovetailing jig with this. I never got to use it where I was suppose to so its kind of just sitting there begging me to use it. I reckon it would be a lot of fun and another skill to add to my apron badges
By the way; in the plans for this improved shop, there is no “real” traditional workbench. It is not multi-function enough for the space it eats up. The function of a workbench will be carried out by this “counter” and item 10 below – Outfeed/workbench/Assembly table
I would hope I can mount the countertop without having to use front legs, to keep the floor clear but I am not sure I can find a way to mount it to the wall securely enough so that it is does not bounces even worse than what it does now. I have seen a posting here just like it a little while back while researching Torsion Box but is was an old posting and for the life of me I can’t find it anymore. So if you know what I’m talking about points me in the general direction please.
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