|Project by mrhammerstein||posted 08-06-2015 12:57 PM||13267 views||30 times favorited||15 comments|
After moving tables bought from auctions and using sawhorses and 2×4s as a miter saw base, I decided I needed a proper workbench. I spent a few months scouring the internet and magazines to find my perfect workbench. I finally found it! Seriously, this thing is beautiful.
Turns out it is also $3,000. I tried to beg my wife, but she would not let sell one of my kids. So back to scouring the internet and compromising my dream. I don’t know why I put up with her stubbornness sometimes. After kicking around many different workbenches and the advantages and disadvantages of each, I settled on the Ultimate Tool Stand (UTS). I am sure a lot of people are familiar with this design. If not, go check out Christopher Merrill's site. While not the prettiest or my favorite, it offered me a ton of options and should really help me out in organizing the garage.
I fired up Sketchup and begin my take on the UTS. I immediately made it 8-feet long instead of 6-feet to give me more storage areas. I decided to move in the sides a bit to create some smaller shelves on one end and a small clamp storage on the other end (I think I stole this idea from Woodsmith/ShopNotes). And I went with plywood over all MDF because MDF is so boring to look at. This is what I came up with. My modified and compromised dream.
And now time to start the construction, which starts with buying some wood. Borrowing the van from the stubborn wife, I was able to buy some MDF for the torsion box. Who needs a truck when a van will do (kind of)?
Next post will be the building of the torsion box. Joy.
-- Beat it to fit. Paint it to match.