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YAWB - Yet Another Workbench (Or My Take on the Ultimate Tool Stand)

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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.





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TheDane

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#1 posted 08-06-2015 02:18 PM

Worth the effort … good luck with it!

You should move this to a Blog and do periodic updates to keep us posted.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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mrhammerstein

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#2 posted 08-06-2015 02:21 PM

Thanks TheDane. I will look into that.

-- Beat it to fit. Paint it to match.

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Grant Davis

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#3 posted 08-06-2015 02:57 PM

Nice addition to the shop

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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Underdog

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#4 posted 08-06-2015 04:00 PM

Now that I look at the features, I’m impressed… And a flat torsion box table to boot.

Good luck on the build, and have fun!

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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boatz

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#5 posted 08-06-2015 04:11 PM

I thought along similar lines as you did. I kept my length to 72”. I have since made some modifications since I made this photo. I put drawers behind the door on the right and I put a door over the center section.

I find I am using it much more as a work bench than a miter saw bench.

Good luck on your build. Hope you have as much fun building yours as I did mine.

-- 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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mrhammerstein

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#6 posted 08-06-2015 04:36 PM

Very nice boatz. I plan on making a router and a pocket screw inserts, in addition to the normal sanding insert. The one thing I liked about this set-up was how each person could customize it to their tools and work.

Are those dog holes you drilled and then added t-tracks to the top instead of the clamp slots? I may have to look into that!

-- Beat it to fit. Paint it to match.

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RedLightning

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#7 posted 08-06-2015 09:39 PM

Keep up the good work!

-- I'm not even supposed to be here today.

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boatz

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#8 posted 08-07-2015 01:57 AM

Mrhammerstein – the dog holes are 18 mm in diameter. The t-track is for my miter saw fence. I used 80/20 aluminum extrusions for the fences. The t-tracks allow for adjusting front to rear

-- 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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jcees

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#9 posted 08-07-2015 05:18 PM

Design and build your OWN bench, bro. You’ll be glad you did and you can do it much better than Sjobergs EVER will. You can make the height you NEED, the length and width you WANT and outfit that puppy just the way YOU like it. Also, go for some STYLE. Make it Mr. Hammerstein’s bench.

Roubo, schmoubo! Everyone can be a copycat. Better to make it fit your work and needs and it’s a great way to showoff your woodworking skills too. Mine never fails to ellicit ooos and ahhhs when fellow wood guys come around. I haven’t showed it off here because I still need to finish it out with the drawers. Right now the drawer spaces make great cubbies. Soon though…

And yeah, who needs a truck. I used to haul my project lumber in my red convertible. Get some funny looks with a load of twelve foot 2×12s hanging out. Hey, gotta love a drop top. LOL

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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stevestuff

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#10 posted 08-08-2015 02:16 AM

I’m still looking, but this looks like the best one yet – thanks for the share!

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DocGrins

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#11 posted 08-19-2015 05:55 PM

I made one of these from the original plans. I’ll say that it’s great at saving space but lifting (and interchanging) my Dewalt planer, or my festool Kapex was enough to do my back in. I’ve already made a separate dedicated planer stand. Since I already have a festool MFTable, I didn’t bother with the clamping options on mine. So far it makes a GREAT router table and cleanup will be a lot easier when I complete a center door to trap the sawdust. The original plans had extra extension cord on one end for mobility. I used the other end as a stand for my porter-cable dovetail jig. 2 long bolts drop in the top to mount it securely for use, or remove it to clear the deck for other uses. This sucker is about as heavy as several workbench designs I’ve seen but DON’T try to pound anything on top of the MDF. I think if I had it to do over again I would have gone with plywood for a lot of the parts as you did.

-- DocGrins, Pendleton Indiana

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Trisscuit

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#12 posted 11-07-2015 04:56 AM

Wow! looks great. I was thinking of doing something similar. Would you be willing to email me a copy of your sketchup design? It sure would be a nice starting point. Thanks!

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mrhammerstein

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#13 posted 11-07-2015 07:34 PM

It’s a bit of a mess, but sure.


Wow! looks great. I was thinking of doing something similar. Would you be willing to email me a copy of your sketchup design? It sure would be a nice starting point. Thanks!

- Trisscuit


-- Beat it to fit. Paint it to match.

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Trisscuit

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#14 posted 11-11-2015 03:38 PM

I sent you a reply with my email address. Thanks for the being willing to send the file. It ought to give me a better head start. Thanks!

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Trisscuit

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#15 posted 11-11-2015 09:14 PM

Thank you for sending!

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