|Project by drmfreek||posted 05-16-2013 10:51 AM||12496 views||36 times favorited||34 comments|
I had been needing a workbench in my garage for years. Whenever I got to the point of actually assembling anything I was making, all I had was a small Black and Decker vise table. If that was too small, then I first had to slap together something, delaying the original project.
I spent too long treating the project like it was going to be my last workbench ever, until I finally decided I just needed to build something. Then I saw an episode of New Yankee Workshop on Youtube, where Norm builds a workbench. I liked the simplicity and the built in clamping for a range of sizes and the cost. (I had been looking at solid top Roubu style up till this point). I found his book at my library and studied the plans and made my own version.
My main changes were dropping the side storage tray, because I felt I would only fill it with junk at all times, and I would rather have more bench surface in the same space. I added a second shelf on the bottom, spacing the two shelves just enough to fit my miter saw and planer underneath the bench. I found a hand wheel at my work instead of the standard dowel handle. I put wheels under the bottom shelf and installed some Rockler lifting levelers. Finally, I put two T-slots in the top for clamps and bench cookies and whatever else I could think of.
A note for anyone who uses Norm’s book; the detail of the benchdog has a lot of errors. But my day-job is drawing in AutoCAD, so I drew up my own. The building of it took me 3 vacation days in the garage and a few weekends. The cost was around $150-175. Down the road I plan to add a air-hose reel to the underside of the overhang, and possibly one or two more T-slots since these two are a little far apart for some applications.