|Project by boyneskibum||posted 12-03-2008 06:30 PM||5011 views||10 times favorited||13 comments|
I started woodworking about 5 years ago, and have slowly grown my collection of tools and knowledge. My workbench area is without a doubt the most valuable equipment I own.
The first photo is my first “workspace”, I found some plans in an old magazine and really liked the ability to tuck away my table saw. I incorporated a reccess for the miter saw, and the flap on the right end is for a router. This version lasted for about 6 months, and then it was time to expand (plus the bench was getting in the way of my wife parking in the garage!).
The second and third pictures show my “reassessment” of available space. Mobility is the key criteria I had in mind. I built the cabinets on both sides of the garage for storage, and can now fit both cars inside our 1954 garage. I based my workbench design off of several traditional plans. I wanted to be able to “break” the thing down should we ever move (seriously, it weighs like 300lbs), so it’s put together using half-laps and 4 inch bolts with threaded inserts. I’ve recently added a few drawers to the front, and a bench vise on the back. One feature I do like is the t-track in the bench, I’ve found it to be very handy. I spent about $130 for all the material in the bench.
-- Always keep a stash of band-aids in your workshop!