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 It was sitting around originally made for another spot in my basement but i somehow measured wrong and it didn’t fit.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.
-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"