Well first post here. Found out about this site from Pintrest pins leading to it and found it extremely helpful. Figured I’d chronicle my not-so-little project here via these blogs. So here we go. [WARNING: This entry is going to be highly text heavy]
Short history lesson first. Started my own business in June of this year (2014). Was currently living in a house that I was renting for various reasons but had every intent of buying a house shortly. Prior to that lived in a Condo for 11 Years; so no garage. All my tools lived elsewhere except a scarce few. Per the rental house, putting crazy time and money into a perfect workshop is just well..pointless. This is especially the case when you know you won’t be there but for a year. Mid November I found THE house. Closed on it in Mid December. One of the requirements was a garage. I don’t live alone so the all too common agreement was made. I get half of it to do with as I please, but a vehicle must be able to be parked in the other half. Over the last 3 months I have been researching and planning out this new workshop. At first it was mostly research as plans are hard to do without measurements.
Long story short, I have a plan now and I start on it soon. For an early xmas present I got a table saw and miter saw, my first of both. The lack of the precision had been a hindrance on earlier projects.
Speaking of the plan…here is a quick view of it in SketchUp. [Note: Red=2×4, Yellow=1/2” Plywood, Teal=3/4” Plywood, Brown=Pegboard.]
- This house was built in the 80’s. It has a ledge in the garage which seriously impedes my space.
I have designed the entire bench to be built in Phases. About a dozen of them actually. Let me describe the features of the bench and that should also help understand the Phases.
- The main bench is 8’ Long and 2’ Wide with a height to the top of the bench of 3’ 2 3/4” (Im 6’2” myself and that is comfortable for me).
- The main work area is a quad-layer sandwich. It goes (from bottom up) 1/2” Plywood- 2×4 – 2×10 – 3/4” Plywood. This will create a very strong work surface with little material cost (The 2×4’s go forward to back with spacing between them and the 2×10’s go side to side).
- Directly below the main work surface is a setup for 4 drawers. All of them are 1’9” Deep. Two of the drawers are roughly 1’ wide while the other two are 2’4” wide.
- Below that, on one side, is a simple 2×4 and 3/4” plywood shelf.
- To the right sits a cart deployment spot. 3 Carts on casters will be housed there. Each cart will be built to suit a purpose. For instance, one will be built to hold Paint Cans and such supplies. Another will be built as a rolling fold out work surface, also to work in conjunction with the table saw.
- Above the main work surface is a utility thing (I don’t know a better name for it). It will attach directly to the wall. It houses a tape dispenser, my big 10 slot power strip, and a bin for things like pencils and measuring tapes.
- To the left of the main section is a corner piece that will house a trash-can below it (hence the pass-through) and a utility tower that has, at its top, a holder for my larger quik-grips.
- That connects to a section built to house my Kobalt storage unit (shelf + 2 drawers).
- At the end of that is a fold-away extension to the work area.
- Above it all is a 8’x4’ section of pegboard.
Basically each of the numbers is a different “Phase”. Something I can put a few hours in here and there without ever making the other parts of the workbench unusable.
My space exists awkwardly. As I said I have a ledge that comes out some 3’ to contend with, also, our large garbage can is housed on my side. I decided to incorporate that fact into the design, hence the L shape.Couple things you should take note of from those pictures.
- I have a workbench. Its a 12’ behemoth. It is being recycled into the new one actually.
- That large amount of wood in the far corner. I already have a ton of what I need. Mainly the entire 2×4 structure.
Speaking of the structure of the bench, here is another picture to show off something.
That is the 2×4 frame of the main section.
The 2×10’s go side to side ontop of those 2×4 supports, of which there are 4 across the 8’ span. Each leg is 3 2×4’s. Two going forward to back and one in front. The outer most have cutouts for other 2×4’s to join with them. The center one has no such cutout. This should make for an EXTREMELY sturdy leg that also supports the entire bench wonderfully. [NOTE: Center legs are planned, but don’t go in till the later drawer shelf goes in].
Well that’s it for now folks.
My plan is Sunday to start the new bench and at least get the 2×4 Frame out of the way. I then need to carefully tear apart my old bench to take those 2×10’s and get them fit for the new bench.