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#1 posted 03-10-2008 05:21 PM

I’ve had to operate for many years in a garage space of only a little over 200 sq ft. However, I found it necessary to have two “workbenches”. An 8’ bench, 2’ deep, is along the wall. This is my general purpose bench. I have built it so that the top has a 1 1/2 overhang for clamping purposes. Rather than permanently mount tools like a vice and bench grinder, I mount them on a 3/4” thick plywood mounting plate that is 7” deep and 11” long. I’ve even put my re-loading presses on mounting plates. Four carriage bolts hold the plate mounted tool to the table by tighting wing nuts underneath the bench top. Thus, I can have a nice flat unobstructed surface when I need it. A shelf underneath the bench holds my tools and accessories.

My second “workbench” is a traditional woodworker’s bench with both side and tail vises and bench dogs. It wasn’t easy in my small shop, but I managed to place this bench so that I could walk all around it. Through the years, this has probably been my most valuable “tool”. For my new 24’x28’ workshop in the U.P. I am staying with this two bench scenario even though I now have more space. My new traditional type bench is a Sjoberg 1660, a veritable “clamping” monster. I really like it.

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