Workshop Makeover #3: Workbench Design 1.2

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Blog entry by pound posted 03-20-2012 02:08 AM 1200 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I turned the whole thing 90 degrees and added a base of 2×4’s to the bottom for support. (Thanks Andy). This would give me access to lots of drawers from it’s resting place. I am still lost on tactical approach to the design, but I feel I can at least handle building this design. Keep the comments coming even if it is “Don’t build that it sucks”


-- I got something on my mind grapes I need to talk to you about.

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#1 posted 03-20-2012 09:31 AM

Prior Proper Planning Prevents Poor Preformance.

Looks like you have a handle on your plan, you can tweek it as you go.

Best of luck with your Bench build.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 03-20-2012 12:47 PM

Thanks Grandpa Len. I guess it is time to stop drawing and start ripping lumber.

-- I got something on my mind grapes I need to talk to you about.

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Andy Panko

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#3 posted 03-21-2012 01:13 AM

Nice modifications. In my opinion, it would be better to move the saw back over to the left, like in your previous version of the plan. I’m assuming your rip capacity on the saw is probably right around 24” with the factory fence. But if you wanted to make a rip that is wider than that, you don’t currently have any options under the current plan. It looks like you have roughly 24” of table space on either side of the blade. If you move the saw over to the far left, you’ll then have about 3’ or more of table surface to the right of the blade. So if you really wanted to or had to, you can do a 3’ rip by clamping a makeshift straightedge as a fence onto the table.

And since you’re basically building a workbench into the design (the laminated top with the dog holes), it would be very convenient if you built a face vise into the side of the table, in the back left corner.

Keep on keeping on!

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ,

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