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Project by HuckD posted 07-20-2015 10:44 PM 22171 views 41 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shop time for the last two weeks has been spent cleaning up, throwing out and rearranging my shop – and building a new workbench. The only tool that didn’t get relocated was the router table. The inspiration for this was watching Ron Paulk’s Youtube videos on his Workbench for about the fourth time. Then I saw Jay Bates’ version on casters and that clinched it. I finally ordered the plans for Workbench II and now I wish I’d done it a couple of years ago.

While Ron designed his Workbench to be portable for use on job sites mine will probably not be moved from my shop. It is, however, mounted on 4” casters and rolls easily. Overall height was dictated by the need to use this as an outfeed table for the table saw and chop saw. I also wanted to store a little used small lathe so I needed at least 16” of space above the bottom shelf. Height above the floor allowed me to hang a 4” pvc dust collector pipe for the table saw – first time since 2002 that a pipe from the ceiling hasn’t been in the way of the tablesaw.

I also increased the height of the worktable sides from the 7” in the plans to 9”. Squaring of the bottom of the holes on the sides allowed me to make 4 47” sliding drawers that extend the whole width of the table. Nothing fancy here. I just used ¼” plywood for the bottom and ripped 2×4’s in half to make the sides and ends. The drawers rest on runners also from scrap 2×4’s that have a coat of paste wax and they slide easily out of either side of the table. Works great for me!

I’ve never had a bench with dog holes and didn’t want to spring for the $$ for the special clamps Ron uses so I’ve adapted some things I already had. See photos below.

While cleaning up I found 5 pieces of gray tinted plastic that I scrounged from work several years ago. I think these will help me protect the table and keep glue from getting on it.

I’m super pleased with my setup now. Going from a 3×6’ table that couldn’t be moved and was only accessible from one side to a rollable 4×8’ table accessible from both sides and rearranging the tools makes my shop feel twice as big.

A big thanks to both Ron Paulk and Jay Bates for their outstanding woodworking videos!

-- Visit my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFZY9FU6f7lo2tUgJOnqCzBV3qxJzAVDA





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ksSlim

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#1 posted 07-21-2015 12:49 AM

Well down, looks very functional.
Were are the plans available?

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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BadDavid

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#2 posted 07-21-2015 01:25 AM

Very nice, I like the fact the drawers pull out.

-- BD, where bad wood finds a home. Va

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HuckD

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#3 posted 07-21-2015 03:00 AM



Well down, looks very functional.
Were are the plans available?

- ksSlim

The plans can be obtained here. They are $10 and are a pdf file for 11×17 paper. My printer wouldn’t do that so Staples printed the pages for <$2. Ron also has many interesting videos on Youtube.

-- Visit my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFZY9FU6f7lo2tUgJOnqCzBV3qxJzAVDA

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 07-21-2015 03:28 AM

That turned out nice. I like the idea of the “D” shaped openings.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 07-21-2015 12:41 PM

Really nice. The DIY toggle bolt clamps are a great idea.

-- Chris K

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#6 posted 07-21-2015 12:57 PM

where did you get those square brackets and what are they called? I keep looking for them at the hardware store and coming up empty handed. They are concrete framing brackets right?

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#7 posted 07-21-2015 01:09 PM

Nice, I like the addition of the drawers, I always assumed that the things i put in the openings would end up in the farthest corner from me but the addition of the drawers eliminates this. Very nice idea

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kiefer

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#8 posted 07-21-2015 02:43 PM

Looks well thought out with the changes you made and as you work with the bench it will develop into a better bench yet .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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drewpy

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#9 posted 07-21-2015 03:15 PM

Looks great. I like everything about it. I wish I had the room for something like this. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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HuckD

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#10 posted 07-21-2015 05:00 PM


where did you get those square brackets and what are they called? I keep looking for them at the hardware store and coming up empty handed. They are concrete framing brackets right?

- eztrigger

I purchased the aluminum “3D Squares” at The Woodworking Show in Atlanta years ago. Jevons Tool Company. Amazon has them here. A better price here. I’ve found them to be VERY handy.

-- Visit my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFZY9FU6f7lo2tUgJOnqCzBV3qxJzAVDA

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eztrigger

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#11 posted 07-21-2015 06:08 PM


I purchased the aluminum “3D Squares” at The Woodworking Show in Atlanta years ago. Jevons Tool Company. Amazon has them here. A better price here. I ve found them to be VERY handy.

- HuckD

Awesome, thank you.

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#12 posted 07-22-2015 01:45 PM

Great adaptation from multiple sources to met your needs. I especially like the addition of the drawers.

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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#13 posted 07-22-2015 02:15 PM

I haven’t seen one of these and they look like a very innovative workbench with lots of potential uses. It looks like a wonderful addition to your shop. Very nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 08-23-2015 06:42 PM

Very interesting changes :)

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com

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HuckD

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#15 posted 08-23-2015 06:59 PM

Jay, I’ve since added a pipe clamp moxon clamp to one end. Only went 24 inches but it’s handy.

-- Visit my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFZY9FU6f7lo2tUgJOnqCzBV3qxJzAVDA

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