Retro fitted work bench made mostly with scraps.

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Project by Riversalvage posted 01-29-2015 04:15 PM 2244 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At the moment I’m time rich and cash poor. I’ve always wanted to get rid of a current bench but never had the time. Work as a casual paramedic and has basically come to a halt after the holidays and shop work has resumed.

Mission: make a suitable bench for as little cost as possible with dust collection for the mitre saw. Also needed to incorporate the radial arm saw and allow space for the tractor to be parked in the shop( it’s a tight fit to get the tractor inside)

I added an oak top to the existing built-in base and made the new bench system on right. The radial arm is on shop made oak sliders so it can be used more efficiently but also be stored away to make room for the tractor when it needs to be stored inside the shop. The saw and both benches are all flush and level with each other. Removable fence extensions for the saws will be added later. To make the chop saw mobile I welded up a base to match the one on my mobile mitre saw base, it can be switched in 20 seconds. I wish I could have made longer butcher block tops to fill the gaps but those were the longest pieces I had without spending lots of money.

Total cost $70. 40 dollars of wood. 30 for new dust collection parts, glue and screws and such.
Time: 3 days on and off in the shop

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#1 posted 01-29-2015 05:59 PM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 01-30-2015 11:43 AM

All that for $70? Wow – very neat job with accurate planning. Very functional with priorities considered. Can’t do any better than that. Nice job.

-- DonB

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 01:29 AM

Nice work. You could also put the main bench on casters, then you could move it out to work on anything and still return it to the wall to allow room for the tractor.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 01:51 AM

Nice setup, and great looking bench!

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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