NewYankee Workbench

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Project by Grandson_Of_Rue posted 01-23-2010 05:56 PM 3566 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I ordered this plan from Norm’s Website. By the way in case you had not heard Norm and the Producer of New Yankee Workshop have decided to cease production after the 21st season. Not sure if that is the season we are in or the next one. I am sad.

Anyway….I made some slight tweaks to the plans. However overall this table is a must for a ww with a small shop. The top is actually a solid core wood door from a state auction I got for 2 bucks. I placed a sheet of ply on it that is disposable. The thing that makes this so great are the wheels and drop feet. When the wheels are engaged the table can easily be rolled anywhere. I use it as a stain table and sitting it in the middle of the room I get 360 degrees of access to the project. If you pay attention your measurements you can use it as an out feed to your table saw for large cuts. I would recommend that you set up some slick blocks such as melamine boards that can sit on the table and keep from shifting by some dowel pins. then make sure that your total height to match your table saw factors in these boards. Also, remember your out feed should not have the wheels engaged. Also go with large wheels I have found that larger projects make the table harder to move.

I also added a power strip for plugging in power tools at the bench.

The fact that you can disengage the wheels and re-engage them is a great feature. This table is incredibly sturdy. The way this works is the wheels are bolted to a hinged board the spans the end legs. then two kickers are hinged and a rope attached. By slightly lifting the table you pull the rope and the kickers release the wheels which swing up and the feet drop to the floor. To reengage you simply lif the table, the wheels drop and the kickers lock them in place. Freaking simple I love it.

I added a shelf to the bottom and I use it for storing my table saw fence and miter etc. Items that are critical to be stored safely.

This table has become the most critical “tool” I have in my shop.

One last thing…this table gets cluttered really really fast when I am working on various projects around the house. I finish and need to get moving to something else I dump it all the table to come back to. The reason this is a good thing is I no longer put anything on my table saw. Which is a big no no.

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#1 posted 01-23-2010 06:29 PM

Nice addition to the shop!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#2 posted 01-23-2010 06:31 PM

Norm will be missed, a good job on the bench.

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 06:33 PM

Nicely done Dan,you will get a load of use from this bench.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 07:14 PM

Norm will certainly be missed…nice job on the bench and a great score on that solid core door : )
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#5 posted 01-23-2010 07:27 PM

Nice workbench!

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#6 posted 01-23-2010 11:05 PM

Norm will definitely be missed!! Nice job on the bench. I’ve got to remember the wheel lock:-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 01-24-2010 12:32 AM

You did a great job!

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#8 posted 01-24-2010 07:31 AM

Nice job on this for sure. I a;ways liked this design. The idea with the door is great. The shelf is something I think it always needed, along with a vice.

-- Bob A in NJ

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