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#1 posted 03-10-2008 04:50 PM

Hey Steve, I have two. The first is a permanently fixed “L” shaped bench that incorporates a sheet metal covered area for brazing, soldering and grinding, and grease work. It’s also where my big combo metal vise is. There is storage for woodshop magazines and plans plus a “sit down” area for doing intricate work. The cabinets are directly overhead for easy access too.

My other bench (the one that really gets the most use) is on casters for mobility and serves as an assembly table and anything else for that matter. Being mobile allows you to tackle any project regardless of size. (Like a canoe for instance!) It’s electrified with 4 outlets and also serves as storage for all my power tools underneath. Keeps it heavy so it don’t move at all when you’re torqueing on it. This bench will snug up against the wall to the “L” shaped one to create a 13’ long bench. I’m currently wanting to add a fold down type heavy shelf on the end for the bandsaw, planer and power miter saw.

Whatever you build, design the table top with enough overhang for clamping (on all sides) and a place to put your knees when sitting. I didn’t do this and regret it today. The next top will be wider. I’ve also read that proper counter top height should be appx. 4” below your elbow when standing. This is definately a back saver that you won’t regret at all!

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