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Project by Dustin posted 07-09-2017 06:07 PM 2290 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been meaning to post this for a while. Finished up my workbench/assembly table about 5 weeks ago. I purchased Ron Paulk’s plans, then modified them to fit my needs (i.e., used crown staples rather than pocket screws, no split top, permanent and heavy rolling base).

I hate the cheap 4-ply stuff the local places sell, so I figured I’d splurge on something close to cabinet grade (but not quite) material for the bench, as I plan to have and use it for a long time. Bottom and sides are 1/2” Blondewood/Birch plywood from Lowe’s, top is 3/4” of the same (9 ply’s as opposed to the other 3/4 material that had only 5). Base is similar to the one Jay Bates built, including some 3” locking casters from Harbor Freight (I’ve moved it with a ton of stuff on it, and it rolls great).

For the bottom, I added a sheet of MDF I had lying around for a shelf, where I keep my air compressor, Ridgid oscillating spindle sander, my Husky work table, and misc odds and ends. For the top, I laid out 8 grids of 5×5 dog holes, 4” on center. 200 holes later, and my arm was numb. And just to be pedantic, I went back and rounded over the inside of all the dog holes, as well as the corners. I’ve got a set of the Kreg bench dogs, and one of those in-line clamps.

For a little protection, I went through a can of water based spray poly for the top, then coated with a liberal amount of paste wax to allow the stock to slide over it smoothly. It sits about 5/8” lower than the surface of my table saw, which works out quite nicely for outfeed support.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."





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yhprum

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#1 posted 07-09-2017 10:14 PM

Nice work, that should come in handy. What is the name on the inline clamp, might look at getting some.

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robscastle

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#2 posted 07-10-2017 11:29 AM

Looks the part is it a torsion construction?

What are these Crown Staples all about?

Buying Ply here in Aust is just as bad, you need to go to a Ply supplier to get good quality stuff, or end up with sheets of rubbish full of knots or patches in our hardware stores.

What on earth happened to your window ? did a chunk of wood from the lathe get away on you?

-- Regards Robert

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Dustin

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#3 posted 07-10-2017 12:10 PM



Nice work, that should come in handy. What is the name on the inline clamp, might look at getting some.

- yhprum

The clamp is an Armor-Tool. The link is here:

https://www.amazon.com/Armor-Tool-P7-IL-Armor-Auto-Adjust-Clamp/dp/B00X2APO0G/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1499688390&sr=8-3&keywords=in+line+clamp

The reviews about it wanting to lift one end of the stock are true, though, so fair warning.


Looks the part is it a torsion construction?

What are these Crown Staples all about?

Buying Ply here in Aust is just as bad, you need to go to a Ply supplier to get good quality stuff, or end up with sheets of rubbish full of knots or patches in our hardware stores.

What on earth happened to your window ? did a chunk of wood from the lathe get away on you?

- robscastle

Yup, torsion box contruction. The staples were in lieu of securing the top using pocket screws from the underside (I just slide it on the bottom assembly and stapled through). I don’t really care how it affects appearance, since it’s mininmal, and they sit slightly below the surface.

As for the window, that’s just paper taped up there. We’ve had people wander through our back yards and try to break into our shed and our neighbor’s detached garage, so I put that up to keep prying eyes from seeing if there’s anything worth stealing in my shop. Not that I haven’t had stuff jump of the lathe at me :p

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#4 posted 07-10-2017 12:45 PM

You did a wonderful job on this piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Dustin

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#5 posted 07-10-2017 02:05 PM

Thank you, Charles!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#6 posted 07-13-2017 10:12 PM

Nice job – that will be very useful fo you.

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Dustin

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#7 posted 07-14-2017 07:49 PM

Thanks, Fiddy, already getting a ton of use out of it!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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