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Project by mummykicks posted 433 days ago 6459 views 36 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out with me wanting to build some speakers and a couple sub-woofers and pretty much snowballed out of control to me picking up a woodworking hobby along the way :-)
So I basically took the mobile part out of it, well it has casters on it, but I wouldn’t want to try to get it in a truck. I’ve also optimized it for a track saw. It’s a full 4’ x 8’ x 39” high.
Bottom is 1/2” ply for the top & bottom, vertical members are 3/4”. Top sides (with the rectangular holes) are 1/2” ply, the inner ribs are 3/4”. Top is 3/4” Oak plywood, with T-tracks and sacrificial 3/4” MDF pieces on top of that. Casters in the 4 corners, leveling feet under the verticals (8 legs total).
Tracks are positioned so I can break up sheets and they’ll be fully supported (always able to have less than 1/2 the cut-off hanging off the bench) or clamped if desired.
I don’t own a table saw, and don’t plan to (shocking I know). Built with tracksaw, dowelmax jig, drill press and 3” holesaw, router, and my miter saw.
All the pieces that could be were stacked and cut at once with the tracksaw/miter saw. Anything that wasn’t I picked the smallest piece and flush trimmed the others to match with the router.
It’s doweled (one about every 5” with a screw inbetween dowels), screwed, and glued together. Doweling it really helped to pull everything square during assembly, and I stacked tops & bottoms and sides together and doweled them all at once to ensure everything came out square. It’s dead flat excecpt for a .02” dip in the middle at one end, so all in all the method worked well, even if it took some 400 holes lol.
If I had to do it again I would just punt and make everything out of 3/4” oak plywood (from big box, not cabinet grade). I’ve included a couple pics of it being used. Having a large worksurface and the storage under the top to put things you need but not right now is fantastic. As you can see the holes work great to store clamps, and there is plenty of room underneath to store all my other tools without even trying to organize it. I’m sure it will fill up eventually.
The T-tracks work well enough, and it’s very easy to pull the truck up, slide the sheet from the truck to the bench, cut it up and not have to handle large awkward heavy sheets and try to support them. The mdf inserts let me cut sheets without having to look for scrap pieces to get it up off the table.
Anyway, so far I’m very happy with it, and glad Ron made the plans available.





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 433 days ago

It looks like a great addition to your shop. 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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Greg72

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#2 posted 433 days ago

That is a great idea!!! Nicely done.

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DaddyZ

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#3 posted 433 days ago

Very Nice, A lot of track, but a great bench..

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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mummykicks

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#4 posted 433 days ago

Yeah, it’s a LOT of track. Which drove the cost up more than I planned. I would just eliminate the intersection pieces. It looks better but would function better to have gaps at the intersections to insert the T-bolts. I’ve also got a piece of 3” T track on the side that I use as a vice substitute that isn’t in the pics.

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waho6o9

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#5 posted 433 days ago

That’s a fine work bench!

I appreciate the rip and crosscut capabilities, and the innovative way
you made a great idea better.

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MT_Stringer

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#6 posted 433 days ago

That’s a nice work table. Sure makes working by yourself a lot easier.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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NormG

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#7 posted 433 days ago

Great bench

-- Norman

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Woodwrecker

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#8 posted 433 days ago

Nice job !
And welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Having fun...Eric

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Ken90712

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#9 posted 433 days ago

Great bench, love this set up.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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aussiedave

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#10 posted 433 days ago

What a great bench…sure looks like it make things a lot easier…..great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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luv2learn

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#11 posted 432 days ago

First off, welcome to Lumberjocks. Secondly, I really like your approach to the workbench. I don’t think I have seen another like it.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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mummykicks

56 posts in 433 days


#12 posted 432 days ago

Thanks for the comments. It makes things much safer and easier. Being able to chuck clamps or other stuff underneath really helps with clutter, even with the large work surface. I also find myself clamping a lot using the cutouts. I added more 3/4” strips behind the top edges so there was more for the clamps to grab on to. I’ve still got a few more things I want to add, once I’ve got it figured out I’ll update. Maybe this will give someone else some ideas for improvements.

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eddie

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#13 posted 432 days ago

love it looks great been looking at his miter saw set up too welcome to LJs

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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03roadking

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#14 posted 432 days ago

“This started out with me wanting to build some speakers and a couple sub-woofers and pretty much snowballed out of control to me picking up a woodworking hobby along the way :-)”

This is exactly how I got into woodworking as well. Hanging out in the diy section at avsforum.com. Thanks for sharing the workbench! you did a great job!

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exelectrician

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#15 posted 431 days ago

Nice … had to add to my favourites!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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