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Workbench in the Making #1: Making the plans

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Blog entry by Matt Nudi posted 605 days ago 1230 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, here it goes. I posted in the forum about getting started on some hand tools and thought it was time to get started on the most important tool of the shop, the bench. There are a few design constraints on this project, namely, I have to be able to bring this thing back at least in pieces in my Toyota camry from Raleigh to Charlotte, but I’ve always enjoyed a challenge.

Anyway, I’m going with the standard mortise and tenon design. I was sick of constantly looking at my crappy drawings on engineering paper so I decided I was going to try to learn some google sketch up for this diagram. I saw the idea in fine woodworking to have some high and some low supports in order to leave room for two removal sets of drawers that sit right below the bench top for tool storage. This is something that I plan on incorporating into mine and have left room for something like 16” of space so I can use the same general design for the drawers as the magazine article did.

The first picture is the exploded view, and the second picture is the condensed view. I’m still working on it, but hopefully I’ll finish the plans while I’m home during break so I can just focus on working on it while at school

Thanks for looking! More updates soon.

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more



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ichbinpete

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#1 posted 605 days ago

Did you use a good guide to get this done in Sketchup. I use it, but it seems I forget how to do everything after a day or two! Look nice!

Are you going to use SYP for the base?

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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Matt Nudi

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#2 posted 605 days ago

I’ll be honest I’m not 100% sure what you mean about the guides, so I would assume that to mean that I didn’t use them? Lol, the basic method was just using a baseline design and then drawing lines to create accurate dimensions and then get rid of the old guide line.

I haven’t decided on the wood for the bench as of yet but the base will be the same wood a the top, probably ash, beech, or maple. No pine on this one!

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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grizzman

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#3 posted 605 days ago

its a good solid design, i know you will do well and will enjoy it to, i did mine sorta the same way but a little different, i designed mine to have a set of drawers under the top, its all mortise and tenon and i also put mine on wheels, check it out in my gallery..but anyway have fun and i look forward to seeing your progress…your car is the same one my son had when he drove down from alaska and went to collage in utah…he still has it to this day…5 years after he has started to be a teacher…..take care of it and it will take care of you…great cars…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Matt Nudi

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#4 posted 605 days ago

I’m not sure if you had seen but I am planning for this to have drawers on it, however they will be removable for more easy transportation. I will update my blog once I get the drawers drawn up, I plan on fully utilizing the space available between the supports.

The camry is a great car, it gets good mileage and I haven’t had any trouble with it so far. 150k miles and still going strong!

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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ichbinpete

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#5 posted 604 days ago

I just meant guides to sketchup (learning it). Anywho, good design and good luck when you go to build it!

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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#6 posted 604 days ago

Ah, gotcha. No I just kind of opened it and started messing around. Took about an hour to get most of the basics down and since the bench design doesn’t take more than a few of the basics to draw up. I would highly recommend using it for anyone who hasn’t given it a try.

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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toolmantim

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#7 posted 604 days ago

I too am collecting the materials for my first bench. Have penciled some preliminary drawings, designs very similar to yours. I have a small shop so all space under the bench will be utilized. Fun working with Sketch-up. I’m thinking ash as my first choice for the supports. Will post as the project comes together. Good Luck !

-- " My favorite Place in Life, The Shop "

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#8 posted 604 days ago

toolman, I was starting to think the same thing with the ash, I would really like to be able to make my top out of beech, as long as I can find a place locally that sells beech in 8/4, but the price of the ash is just so appealing it makes you really want to just get some of that, especially since it’s just slightly less dense on the janka scale than hard maple.

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#9 posted 604 days ago

Well, I did a little more and I think the plan is done. Just to clarify, these plans I am designing are coming from the pictures I took from a bench at my school, so this isn’t an original design for the most part, I’m just trying to take the picture from the bench at school and put it into measurements and solid plans; just wanted to clarify that.

Anyway, here’s a couple more sketch up shots, everything is on here except for the plate to attach the smaller vise. Enjoy.

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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