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Project by Medickep posted 08-28-2014 08:33 PM 2137 views 15 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I’m mostly done (minus drawer knobs) with my new work bench, which became a priority when I got tired of trying to cut longer pieces of wood on my shorter chop saw cart and having them bump into my taller RAS bench.

I started with a 10’ cabinet, I found for free in my neighborhood on Craigslist and built it up from there. I had to raise the whole thing to get it to a comfortable height as well as make clearance for the crank on the RAS. I designed it as I went, so some things didn’t come out perfect! The whole thing is 46” tall, which seemed to tall at first, but now feels great on the back!

I framed out the first layer out of 2×4’s and decided this was a great place for some extra storage! I than layered it with two layers of particleboard, because I was feeling a little cheap. I added some more 2×4’s and created three more drawers for a total of six, plus some cubby holes.

I finished the whole thing with a 3/16th’s layer of melamine hardboard, so I could unscrew it and replace it easily as it gets weathered. I made a common fence for the two tools that was all based off of the RAS, once I dialed it in, and than topped it with the Kreg precision track and stop kit. I’ve only used it a little bit, but I’m already liking it! Not having to measure and scribe wood is already making me faster. Although I do not do this for a living, I can get more done when I sneak into the garage! The kit was in place before I made the drawers and I was able to whip them out like a production line! (to me at least :-)

I ended up using 3 sections of rails out of the kit, which gives me around 36” of accurate measurements to the left and right of each to blade. I was not smart enough to figured out a way to have it continuos and accurate to both sides of the blade. On the rare occasion I have a longer piece to cut, I’ll break out the pocket tape!

I plan on using the last piece of rail for the miter gauge on my TS!

-- Keith





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#1 posted 08-28-2014 08:41 PM

great workbench.love all the storage.nice work!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 08-28-2014 09:48 PM

Thanks whitebeast!

-- Keith

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#3 posted 08-28-2014 10:21 PM

Looks like a great “Production Station”!!!
Good to see that you got it all sorted out & in use.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 08-28-2014 11:58 PM

Turned out great. Looks really nice.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#5 posted 08-29-2014 02:17 AM

Finally got it all figured out, huh….? I knew you could do it…..Time and patience are a vital part of putting anything together…...It turned out nicely, and you’ll be glad you went up in heigth….Like you said…saves on the back from stooping…..Now you can really make the dust fly…..Looks like you’ve got dust collection hooked up, also…..Now you’re in business…....

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#6 posted 08-29-2014 04:14 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone and consults earlier too Rick!!

-- Keith

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#7 posted 08-29-2014 09:10 AM

Nice job

-- Vince

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#8 posted 08-29-2014 10:17 AM

Awesome job bud would go well in any shop. I love the height too.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#9 posted 08-29-2014 07:36 PM

Hey….you made the Top 3….Good deal…..Now if they would just give a prize or gift for that, it would be ok..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#10 posted 08-29-2014 09:17 PM

Woo hoo!!

-- Keith

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#11 posted 08-30-2014 03:40 PM

That is a really nice looking bench.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#12 posted 08-30-2014 10:13 PM

Thanks mike! I’m pleased with the results!

-- Keith

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#13 posted 08-31-2014 02:01 AM

Look’s great! Great plan and execution.

-- Xyloid Curt www.etsy.com/shop/xyloidcreations

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#14 posted 09-04-2014 09:49 PM

Great looking bench. How tall are you? I need to make mine around 46” tall as well and I am not sure if its too tall for me.

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#15 posted 09-04-2014 10:41 PM

I’m 5’ 9” so I guess average????

-- Keith

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