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Blog entry by dkrice posted 02-22-2010 09:30 AM 985 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was unexpectedly bitten by the woodworking bug recently. I work from home and wanted to add a little extra space to my desk so I could have room to set a notepad and such. Most of my desk space is taken up by multiple computer monitors, keyboards, mice, etc. I decided that I wanted a single piece of 3/4” thick wood about 15”x9” in size to sit on my top drawer when it was pulled out. My wife has been the owner of all power tools for most of the last 15 years so I asked her to cut a piece for me. However, I decided to do it myself.

I went down to the garage and cut a plank of whitewood down to size on the table saw and used the palm sander to smooth it out. I added a natural Danish oil finish and that was all it took! I was hooked.

We’ve since added a compound miter saw, a drill press, and a small compressor and finish nailer to our garage shop. However, we didn’t have any sort of workbench, we just sat the miter saw and drill press on top of the table saw until we were able to build a workbench.

Since we use our garage as a garage, we needed a movable workbench so whatever we came up with, it definitely needed wheels. We also wanted it to be the same height as our table saw so we could use them side by side whenever we needed to cut some large pieces. I sat down and came up with an idea then we headed over to Lowe’s and picked up what we needed. After a few hours of work, here’s what we ended up with.


After we were done, my wife asked me if I thought it was sturdy enough. I told her it was and promptly sat on it and asked her to join me. We both sat on it for about 5-10 minutes without even the slightest wobble. We’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and it works great. Just tonight I added an electrical outlet on one end and I will soon add a piece of 1/2” plywood as a bottom shelf.

I look forward to sharing more with you all as I progress. :-)

-- Keith in Texas

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 11:17 AM

Nicely built mobile workbench.
I know it passed vertical load test, I just curious weather you can use it for hand planing.
Looking forward to seeing more adds on to this workbench.
Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 01:29 PM

Glad to see you were bitten by the bug. Hope you business is thriving, cause the bug that got ya can be a little pricey to treat. Anyway, welcome, and I look forward to seeing more of your work. Your workbench looks nice and sturdy, I also like how you designed with a “tablesaw” extension in mind.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 01:52 PM

Nice bench, pick up the hammer and go at it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 02-23-2010 09:37 PM

Haven’t done any planing on it yet. I need to level it out as only three wheels are making contact with the floor at the moment. I also only used two locking casters and one of those is the one not making contact. I’d be chasing it circles around the garage if I tried to plane anything right now. :-)

-- Keith in Texas

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