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YAWB - Yet Another Workbench (Or My Take on the Ultimate Tool Stand) #4: Carcass Finish & First (Unofficial) Use

04-01-2016 11:03 PM by mrhammerstein | 0 comments »

After making the torsion box and carcass I wanted to protect the bench a little. I rubbed in some tung oil finish (two coats I think) and added a coat of furniture wax. For garage use, I felt that would be fine. No need to coat where it won’t be exposed. I haven’t built the riser blocks (whatever they’re called). It brought a little shine to the workbench. My sanding got the best of me and a sanded through the top birch veneer at a lot of the corners, but I’m no...

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YAWB - Yet Another Workbench (Or My Take on the Ultimate Tool Stand) #3: Carcass

04-01-2016 08:40 PM by mrhammerstein | 0 comments »

Long break, but I do have some updates thankfully. So here’s what I’ll be building in this part. Front Back After the torsion box, it was time to start the carcass. As mentioned before, I went with plywood over MDF out of preference and aesthetics. There isn’t great plywood to be had where I live, but I found a respectable lumber yard with cheaper (and better) plywood than the big box stores. It’s 11-ply, but still has some voids. It’s a good compromi...

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YAWB - Yet Another Workbench (Or My Take on the Ultimate Tool Stand) #2: Torsion Box

08-11-2015 07:57 PM by mrhammerstein | 0 comments »

The original plans said to build this after building the carcass, but I am not one to follow every direction. So it was up first. Design was completed and away I go. Even though I decided to make the UTS out of plywood, I made the torsion box out of MDF to take advantage of the its dead-flatness. I shrank the dimensions a bit so the plywood face would be flush with the rest of the carcass. I also moved around the rails so the casters would line up with the hardwood inside supports. ...

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Workbench in a Weekend (Tom Caspar)

09-05-2013 01:13 AM by Hellough | 2 comments »

So I decided to breakdown and build a workbench for my super small shop. It was a hefty decision, considering I’m working in a single stall garage from the 50’s that barely had enough room for my sedan from the beginning. But it seemed to me that a workbench was a must if I wanted to take fine woodworking seriously at all. With that being said, I also didn’t have the time, space or skills to plane tons of boards to an exact thickness and insure a quality top after it was ...

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Mobile Torsion Box Workbench #3: Torsion Box Top

01-26-2013 09:45 PM by Ron Stewart | 6 comments »

The top of my workbench is a 4” thick torsion box: 3/4” birch plywood panels on either side of a frame of 2.5”x1.5” yellow pine members. When designing the top, these were my primary considerations: I wanted it to be flat and strong, and not too light. I wanted an array of dog holes. I decided that spacing them 6” center-to-center would be good enough for my surface vise. I wanted every dog hole to be in, or backed by, solid wood. That way, even if the h...

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Mobile Torsion Box Workbench #1: Background, Research, and Requirements

01-25-2013 01:08 AM by Ron Stewart | 3 comments »

This is the first of a series of blog entries describing a mobile torsion box workbench I recently completed. I posted a project summary a few days ago (Mobile Torsion Box Workbench). The overall series will cover construction plans and details, material costs, and odds and ends. In this entry, I’ll describe some of the factors and thought processes that led me to build this bench the way I did. Some Background about MeI’m an occasional woodworker. I probably average three or f...

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Torsion Box Workbench - aka - my first bench #4: Plywood and drill bits....

10-04-2012 01:18 AM by rhybeka | 0 comments »

I’m glad Tom Caspar’s steps are so detailed. Tonight I tackled marking out and drilling the side and center pieces, getting them counterbored on both sides and painted (essentially steps 4 and 5 I think in the directions). If I wouldn’t have had other chores I could’ve gotten further but oh well. Tomorrow will be a great evening to be in the shop hopefully. busted a 5/32 drill bit and a countersink bit because of my cruddy B&D chuck…I wish it was a good enou...

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Some mornings, it really DOES pay to chew through the straps. #1: Workbench Time!

05-09-2012 04:54 AM by WoodenGoliath | 0 comments »

Sometimes, going out drinking with my family can provide me with inspiration. I think (maybe, I dunno…) I have finally come to the decision on the kind if bench I am going to build! I’ve only been agonizing/debating/pulling out my hair about this since, ummm, forever. I have looked at thousands of different displays of some of the best and beautiful to the strangest and weird benches out there. Some seem like they might require a doctorate to build while others vaguely resemble...

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Vacuum Frame Press/Assembly Table

03-14-2012 03:21 AM by Ger21 | 4 comments »

Since it may be another 2 years before I finish this, I can’t really post it as a project, so it’s going here.I’ve been using my Joe Woodworker vacuum bag and press for about 10 years on and off, and have done a lot of veneering with it. (See my kitchen in my Projects). But I’ve always wanted to build a frame press, to make it easier to do larger parts, and make sure my veneered panels were flat.At the same time, I’ve also always wanted an assembly table, as I t...

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A strong, stable and collasible worktable

07-22-2011 10:32 PM by Don Butler | 15 comments »

Having a good workbench is a luxury beyond hope for my shop. It’s a 20×28 floorplan, but its full of machines and I have to garage our car every night. What to do? I needed something strong and stable, good and flat, but something I could get out of the way after a day’s work. It also needed to be light enough for me to handle. 50 years ago I wouldn’t have much trouble with heavy parts, but now, its definitely an issue. After quite a lot of modeling in SketchUp...

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