Well, I’ve started on my workbench build…I’m going ahead to start writing this blog even though at my pace (a few hours a week), it may take a few more months to finish. Here’s the general goal…I’m sure it will evolve a bit as I build it: This bench has a few design parameters that contribute to it’s odd look:-It has to fit in my small workspace in the corner of the garage, so 5ft is the length.-I want my Anarchist-style tool chest to roll u...
I retired last year and we moved from San Diego to The Southern Oregon Coast, we are renting out the SD house. I purposely left my old workbench in SD to force myself into finally building a new workbench as the old bench was not very good for hand tool woodworking. I love the design of the Roubo and knew it was in my future. There are no local lumber yards here that sell anything worth using for a workbench, just construction material. In my searching for a lumber source I found a family...
After a long uphill battle with my girlfriend, she has finally decided that I need a small bench/ assembly table at our house. My main bench and all of my tools currently reside on my fathers back porch, But due to my work schedule and time constraints it has become necessary for me to be able to do some work from home. So why a rough start you ask?...Two sheets of 3/4 MDF and one sheet of 1/4 tempered hard board later. Ouch! They slid right out of the back of my SUV directly onto my shi...
Admittedly I have lived in Ohio my entire life….and there are much colder places to live. Experiencing temps in the single digits with wind chills between -30 and -40 listening to the furnace barely kick off and being extremely thankful that the windows had been replaced so the majority of the heat would stay inside instead of escaping – showed me how much of a pipe dream it was that my little heater would be able to warm half of the garage well enough for me to work even on warme...
Ultimate Mobile Woodworking Bench (UMWB) #9: Overall impressions of my Ultimate Mobile Woodworking Bench
I have to say I’m very pleased with the UHWB. I started work on it a few months ago and it’s been usable for the last month and a half. These last two weeks on Christmas vacation gave me time to really focus and get it finished. After way too many years of makeshift garage workshops in rented houses, it feels great to have an organized workspace that I know I can take with me almost anywhere. I built a small bookcase for my wife’s craft room and it went very smoothly. Her...
Shims were cut to raise the table to ~1/16” below the tablesaw surface. Because of the gap required by the tablesaw fence, I sanded a shallow angle on the leading edge of the table to ensure work will slide smoothly onto the surface. My Bosch router table is 27” wide, the same dimension as the depth of the tablesaw. I drilled four holes in the fence rails and mounted it in a similar method. Then built a cabinet to fit under it and shimmed it as needed. I made...
I have these sweet garbage finds that have been sitting around the shop. The first is a bunch a red oak here: The second is some 1” phenolic (I still can’t believe someone was throwing this out) So I think I have finally figured out what to make with it. I am going to call it Rouborg. Its a mft top with roubo features made with the the garbage finds on my cnc here is a mockup. I am almost done with the design but still have to figure out how to mount ...
I posted two projects related to the dust collection system designed into this mobile workbench. Click the links for the compact Thien dust separator and the rotary blast gates. The dust separator seemed extremely effective with almost no carryover to the vacuum. I was anxious test and document how effective, so I followed the example of some LJers and set up a test. I measured the contents of the dust separator bin and dumped it on the floor. I also swept up the shop floor which included ...
Being mobile, the table is dependent on power from a garage outlet so I installed a flexible line with a plug to connect the table’s electric system to a power cord. “Old work” boxes worked great and luckily the table cutouts were exactly the right size. The system is sized at 20 amps although it probably only needs 15 amps. I routinely start the tablesaw with the vacuum running with no trouble. I’ve only tripped the breaker or GFI once or twice when ripping some nasty...
A few months ago I bought a hybrid saw so I could remove the legs to mount it on my mobile workbench. I built a box to support the saw and house a chute to channel the dust to the exhaust port. My original intention was to slope the front panel all the way back to the outlet so the chute that came with the saw wouldn’t work. During construction, I ended up with a square chute to get steeper angles and extended the suction pipe into it. I realized later that I could have saved some effor...
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