shop jigs/furniture/fixtures #7: wall bench #1 (remove/redesign/rebuild)

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 04-05-2014 05:40 PM 1975 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Don’t have many pictures of the before to dig up but I’m sure in my other posts it can be seen.

the shelf portion in this picture i took back out ( it was deeper than the bench top and kept hitting my knees on it) and gave to a neighbor who flipped it upside down and uses it to set his beer on while restoring his late 60s El Camino. It was sitting around originally made for another spot in my basement but i somehow measured wrong and it didn’t fit.

The old bench, which is just inside the door of the shop and immediately to the right was just slapped together and was too small for doing much. It didn’t cover the full length and was only 20 inches deep. The top was a piece of 3/4 AC ply screwed down to some 2×4 pieces. Underneath was a joke, was only good for throwing stuff and hoping it would stay put.

so i built 2 24”x 22” cubes using the material from old bench and some other cutoffs i had laying around.

i put one on each end leveled an squared them to the wall and to each other, leaving a space in the center. i then scabbed a 2×4 piece between them in back and a 2×2 piece to front. both 36 3/8” long ( if i had had enough scraps long enough i shoulda just made another cube 36”x24” but i didn’t) i screwed some 1×4 pieces to the bottom and top to tie it all together.

i then splurged and bought a sheet of 3/4 mdf and had the blue box cut it to 24” lengthwise, got home and cut it to length and made a notch to fit the doorframe on the right. Final trimmed the width when i sammiched the pieces together, just screwed them together. Cut it perfect cause i had to beat it into place with a 2×4 and a 10 lb sledge.
Then i made a couple drawers from scrap pieces of 5/8 and 3/8 ply, just like drawers for tablesaw base. these went in left side. right side will come later as it is blocked from use at the moment with the table my drill press is mounted on. A shelf made to hold my tool totes in the center. Had a small piece of 3/16 hardboard i cut and put in center work area to cover the top till i can buy some more 1/4 hardboard. Plan on trimming the outer edge with Oak like my outfeed table.

more drawers are in the plans and drawer fronts etc, cabinet doors.. I don’t know. The center is still being thought of for best use, have actually thought of making it a downdraft table using the blower shown in one of the pics. It’s a work in progress of course.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#1 posted 04-05-2014 10:54 PM

Every little bit of storage and work surface you can get is a plus. Nice job.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 04-06-2014 01:33 PM

Work in progress…aren’t they all;-) Good stuff man.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#3 posted 04-06-2014 11:01 PM

Improvements are always a good thing, keep us posted. Where are you going to mount the air cleaner

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

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#4 posted 04-07-2014 03:04 PM

@NormG Somewhere in that center section I am rolling around in my mind how to configure space to have filters easy removable/replaceable and have the top of the bench, as is currently is, at the top of it. That would require me to take top off and recut though. It’s a thought but not sure if it will happen, i need something that can catch the airborne dust that does float around, and having something that is multipurpose would be great considering the size of shop i have. Combining what some people have hanging from thier ceilings with a table i can use my sander on that sucks the dust as i make it.

something like Workshop addict shows HERE but stationary.

If i come up with something I will be sure to post it on up :)

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 03:09 PM

Well done as time progresses we keep improving our work area to suite our needs.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 04-14-2014 03:09 PM

Can never have enough storage or work surfaces.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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