|Workshop by shouldwork||posted 08-13-2013 05:43 AM||909 reads||0 times favorited||1 comment|
My workshop started on a balcony of an apartment that was 4’ wide by 11’ long. Needless to say, I was limited in size and scope of projects that I could do. However, I built myself this bench to get started in the process of wood working.
My bench is a no frills 2×4 base with a plywood and oak board top. Since this bench sits outside year round, I roughed up the wood and applied several layers of copper green wood preservative.
My bench is 48” wide and 30” deep. the depth helps for a place to put tools, especially when working in a small environment, like an apartment deck. The top is made from 3 pieces of 3/4 ply laminated together and 1×4 oak plank on top for a total thickness of 3 1/4” +/-. It is not secured to the base at all. It’s weight and some stop blocks screwed to the under belly keep it from moving…
For those wanting to know, my bench is 37” tall by 30” deep by 48” wide.
As you can see, it’s not much room. Nevertheless, I built a shoe rack for my wife on this deck and the hardest part was finding the room to paint the thing…
Since then, we’ve moved and now I have more space. Also, I sanded the bench top down to remove the red stain. I sanded it down pretty good and the oiled it up with 2 coats of oil. I like this finish much better.
The picture of my new “workshop” shows my space now, complete with a “paint booth” and a plastic folding table to hold my 2 tool boxes… All the wood working tools I own are in those 2 boxes, including drill, saws, plane, chisels, hammers, bits, knife, marking tools, etc with the exception of a 2’ level and a HD bucket vacuum.
Since I now have the room to work on longer materials, I added this to my bench. Just a scrap piece of oak and a 1/2” wood dowel to help up the longer pieces in my vise.
That’s pretty much it for now.