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Project by schroeder posted 01-25-2016 10:35 PM 1745 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used to have this poor setup table that I really hated – it was to big – 4’ x 8’ and really flimsy; I thought about it for a couple years, watched what everyone else on here and elsewhere made and finally thought “why can’t I have a nice setup bench…” I built it out or 8/4 clear oak with a nice little wrap of Walnut with some Ebony accents. The top is two sheets of MDF with a replaceable hardboard top. It’s smaller than my other and the nice and low. The edges give me 3” of clamping space. a nice addition to the shop! It’s plenty sturdy…it weighs around 500-600lbs. Not sure what I’m going to put underneath it, but probably shelving. I can post the Sketchup Plans for this as well if anyone wants – Schroeder

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe





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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 01-25-2016 10:55 PM

Inspiring. How is the sacrificial hardboard top held in place? Just captured by the trim boards?

Nice work all around, thanks for posting.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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schroeder

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#2 posted 01-25-2016 11:08 PM

Thanks – Just double sided carpet tape…I’ve used it on another bench – works well.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#3 posted 01-26-2016 12:02 AM

That is a great looking table. Your making me jealous!

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#4 posted 01-26-2016 03:02 AM

Well thought out. Looks nice and solid as heck.

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#5 posted 01-26-2016 01:18 PM

I think I will add this project to my To Do list. My current workbench is little more than a 2×4 fram and some mdf with melamine on top of it. I couldn’t find a flat spot if I tried. Your version is a whole lot more solid and sturdy, not to mention nicer looking. I would be interested in getting a look at your sketch-up plans.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 01-26-2016 04:39 PM

I’ll have to remember the dbl sided tape for hardboard tops ! Thanks for the tip !

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#7 posted 01-26-2016 07:48 PM

Very nice table. Is the top a torsion box design? I understand that a torsion box is a good way to get a flat and sturdy surface for glue-ups.

I really like the Oak and the Walnut and the joinery you used—reminds me of Greene & Greene furniture. I wish I felt comfortable enough (with my woodworking skills and my wallet) to use the hardwoods for shop fixtures. I tend to use MDF, plywood, and framing lumber (2 by stuff) because it’s cheaper and if I make a mistake (which I often do) I won’t cry like a little girl!

Thanks for posting.

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#8 posted 01-26-2016 08:43 PM

That’s a nice looking setup bench.

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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