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Project by Microsuffer posted 12-31-2009 01:45 AM 7813 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The top is a core of three layers of 3/4 MDF bonded with UF. I cased it in 1/4 birch ply for looks. It absorbs vibration from the router nicely and I can pound on it without worry. The little plugs are maple stops for sanding and planing ops. It serves both wood working and as an out feed table for my RAS.

Legs and structural members are laminated 3/4 ply with some veneer here and there to dress it all up. The cabinet field pieces are 1/4 birchply. Lag screw hold it together. Since building it I moved the vice to the left end to allow a shallow drawer in the middle for my templates. The black monster on the left of the first picture is a cyclone adapter for a 55 gal drum that collects most of the dust and shavings sucked up before my shop vac sees it. Not completely effective as I periodically have to clean the shop vac filter.

All in all I have more in the Incra-Jig than in the bench. It was fun to make and taught me a lot.

-- "Those are my principals, if you don't like them....I have others." - Groucho Marx





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johnnymo

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#1 posted 12-31-2009 01:55 AM

Nice bench. I like the router table built into it.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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Microsuffer

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 02:00 AM

Thanks. I made a mistake in orienting the router plate long wise instead of cross wise, but other than that it has proven to be a very stable routing platform, which was the primary intent. And the 1/4 ply has held up pretty well. I’m no where near needing to replace it.

-- "Those are my principals, if you don't like them....I have others." - Groucho Marx

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 04:22 AM

nice!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 06:21 AM

Looks great very nice work,

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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PineInTheAsh

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 06:26 AM

Seems nice, and congrats, but aren’t all workbenches home made?

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Microsuffer

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#6 posted 12-31-2009 06:35 AM

Thanks, I would guess most work benches are fabricated by the end user, but Rockler, et. al. sell kits and ready to use benches. Mine was partially from plans (the base), but the top was my insanity, err, inspiration. :-)

-- "Those are my principals, if you don't like them....I have others." - Groucho Marx

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 12-31-2009 08:14 AM

Great worknench…Very functional. Is it mobile ot stationary? Looks very heavy as a good worktable needs to be. I have a 36” x 96” heavy worktable that I built but chose not to put wheels on it. I did fasten some 1/4” UHMW pieces to the bottom of the legs. Keeps it very stable but it can be moved without splitting the wood on the bottom of the legs. One thing I have learned from past experience is that I will eventually rearrange things in my workspace.
I see you have the Incra router system also. How do you like it? I just got the LS POsitioner system last week as a christmas present and I am in the process of building a cabinet to go under the top. Hardest part is not being able to use the Incra until I finish the cabinet. I am fighting the temptation to set the roouter table on some sawhorses until cabinet is finished.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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Microsuffer

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#8 posted 12-31-2009 09:44 AM

The table can be moved, but my space constraints pretty well hold me back from moving the beast. It sits like an island parallel to some cabinets along one side of my garage. I like the idea of UHMW to the bottom of the legs, but think I really should add four very sturdy wheels and leveler screws. By the way, not shown, but the legs actually terminate into runners on each end so I don’t actually have to worry about damaging leg bottoms. My space constraint was the prompter for thinking about putting the router and fence onto one end. And I had the materials, but no table.

I like my Twin Linear a lot. No bearing and template tolerance issues to deal with. It does have the hangup that it routes cutting debris down the length of the positioning arm instead of down the outfeed fence (shorter distance and larger bore) so I have to be careful not to over feed the work. But the biggest problem of all is finding time to work on the bench instead of kid’s homework, etc., so that I find I’m relearning a lot. Both woodworking and basic education. Having kids and grand-kids I’ve “attended” grade and high school a lot more times than I ever expected as a kid. ;-)

-- "Those are my principals, if you don't like them....I have others." - Groucho Marx

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#9 posted 12-31-2009 08:35 PM

Very nice bench and good use of space.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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PurpLev

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#10 posted 12-31-2009 08:47 PM

looks like a great bench and a multipurpose station.

do you find any issues with installing the router plate lengthwise? doesnt this actually give you better reach for the router controls? after all – you do have the space for it under the table.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Microsuffer

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#11 posted 12-31-2009 09:10 PM

Thanks. It has served a lot of different needs.

The problem with the long axis plate orientation is the minimum distance from the miter track to the bit is larger. I did that to keep most material routed, such as box parts entirely on the router plate to avoid issues with coplanarity between the plate and the bench top. However, later I added a kit to level the plate and the concern disappeared.

Access to the router is mixed. I mounted the top to the legs and set the storage cabinet height such that I have fairly good access to the router in its cavity, though the thickness of the deck does cause me a little inconvenience.

That long positioning arm of the Incra-Jig (and the need to attach a vacuum hose there) requires maintaining a bit of clearance off the far end of the bench. That is inconvenient at times, though not often as I need the walkway access anyway. Moving the router toward a more central location would have been a better decision, but at the time I was influenced by the installation instructions. Their minimum bit axis to bench edge number is 22 inches and that is about where I put it. Funny how a minimum spec can become a required distance. Genius is hindsight before it’s hindsight.

-- "Those are my principals, if you don't like them....I have others." - Groucho Marx

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PurpLev

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#12 posted 12-31-2009 09:23 PM

gotcha… thanks for the clarification.

Happy New Year!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 01-05-2010 04:24 PM

Unique design. Well done.

-- HenryH - PA

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#14 posted 05-02-2012 01:05 AM

That’s a great looking design, and looks very solid, as I am sure it is. Very nice.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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