|Project by AngieO||posted 06-03-2016 05:58 PM||2895 views||1 time favorited||19 comments|
I haven’t been on here for a while. And after having a question last night about my router table I remembered how much I love being on here. So I thought I’d share one of my latest projects.
I have a couple of friends that are pilots. My friend Jeannie and her husband Eric. She flies for UPS and they have a business building and doing maintenance on airplanes. They have two hangars here at our small local airport. They recently bought a “metal brake”... (I don’t know if that’s the technical name but that’s what they called it lol). They’ve been talking to me about building a couple of shop pieces for them and since they didn’t have a bench for it this was the first piece they commissioned me to make.
I started by going over to the hangar and getting as many measurements as I thought I would need. Then I used SketchUp to layout what I thought the end product would look like.
I sent this to them and they told me to run with it. I went to the local big box lumber store to find that they do not carry untreated 4×4’s. This then required a 45 minute drive to Menards (which I fell in love with) to get the 4×4’s I wanted. The people there were awesome. I then began breaking down the material into the sizes my plans called for. This was the first time I had made a large project like this from my own plans.
I started with the legs. Had to have a helper since I don’t have a dedicated Miter Station (definitely on my list of to do’s) But we got it done.
After the rest of the material was cut (I cut the plywood sheets a little large)... it was time for assembly.
I used pocket hole construction so I started by putting my pocket holes in all my pieces. I love my Kreg K5. It was fast and easy. And with the dust port hooked to my little bucket vac there was no mess.
I started by assembling my two end pieces first.
Then I moved on to adding the long aprons. The first side was easy to attach. But I quickly found myself running out of room.
My shop floor is no where near level. It has a big crack down the middle of it and two off to the sides. But I knew I needed to find a level spot to assemble this. So…. I pulled out my miter saw (LOVE having all my tools mobile). That gave me just enough flat surface to work with…. even though it was tight. (You can see at the bottom that I was just missing one of the side cracks.)
After assembling the base things went pretty quickly. I got the base sitting up and added some support for the shelves.
After all the supports where in it was time to start adding the top and the bottom shelf.
I quickly realized at this point that I had not added my pocket holes to the aprons to attach the top. However… after turning it upside down and bracing it up I was able to get the holes drilled and move on to the top. I measured the finished base and cut my top to size. I have a really nice corded Porter Cable circular saw. But instead I opted for my cordless Ryobi. It was able to do the job quick and easy. I centered the top on the base, clamped it in place and put in the pocket screw
Turned out pretty nice.
I then moved on to the bottom shelf. This was a little more work than the top as I had to notch out the plywood for the legs. I have not had much time using a jigsaw but I had recently bought a Ryobi cordless one so I grabbed it and started measuring. It didn’t come out perfect…. but for my first time with a jigsaw and considering those 4×4s were not square… I’m pretty happy with how it came out.
I then used pocket screws to attach. I got my flush trim router out and a straight bit and cleaned up any overhang. I was pretty pleased with it at this point.
However… I sent a pic off to them and they were thrilled. Except…. they wanted to dd a few modifications. They sent me a pic of these “fingers” that they use on the metal break. They wanted a shelf for them. And they also wanted a shelf the length of the bottom shelf to hold some light metal pieces.
Here is the pic of the “fingers” that they sent me.
They sent me the measurements of the fingers and just told me to use my imagination. They were so happy with the bench so far that they knew I would come up with something good (their words… not mine. LOL).
Here’s what I came up with for the fingers….
I added shelves on the end of the bench that would normally be dead unused space mostly and put them at a 45 degree angle (like my rattle can shelf). Hoping this would give them easy access.
I also added a small shelf attached to the top that would hold the metal pieces. You can sort of see it in this pic.
I also rounded over the shelves with a 1/8” roundover bit.
I sent them a pic and they were on their way to get it. When they got there they loved it… however… wanted one more modification. They wanted a small lip to the shelf to keep things from falling out. A quick trip to my shed where i store lots of material (I’m a wood hoarder)... and I scored a piece of trim that I thought would be perfect. A little glue. A few small clamps to hold it in place and my air nailer…. and it was done.
Here is the final finished bench. They were very happy with it.
Of course you’ll notice my little “Vanna White” had to do a proper presentation. They were overall pretty pleased with the piece. And… this ensured that I got the job to make the next two pieces. They are wanting a rolling metal cart with shelves on the back. (much like our rolling sheet good carts). And then another bench but the next one will be enclosed like a cabinet. I look forward to the next project.
I think I spent $90 in materials. However this included a second full sheet of plywood for another project they were working on that I just delivered straight to the hangar.
I did have Lowes make one cut on the plywood for me so I could haul it in my van. But still the pieces were long and with me working alone I opted to not use the table saw. I feel like I get better cuts with a circular saw. Especially since this was heavy 3/4” plywood. So here are the tools I used:
Tools I used:
Cordless Circular Saw
Flush Trim Router
Greg K5 Pocket Hole System
Greg right angle clamp (this was a must have when working alone)
Ryobi Airstrike Nailer
Yeah… I’m a fan of my Ryobi tools. My first purchase was my cordless drills. And to keep the batteries all the same… that’s what I’ve stuck with. However I’ve been pretty pleased. And yeah… that’s my little Ryobi radio on the bench too. It was a pretty important part of the job. I listened to music from my phone.
Well… for my first project that I drew up the plans for completely on my own… I’m pretty pleased with how it tuned out.
I had some scraps left over. I’ll post a picture later of what I made out of the scraps.
Thanks for checking out my project. It’s good to be back on LJ’s.