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Beginningwoodworker

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11-06-2009 09:30 PM

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I am going to be build me a new workbench! I am looking at doing a cabinet type workbench, but since I like to use hand tools, a hand tool bench would better serve my needs. I am also having trouble store all of portable power tools, because they are in cases.


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 11-06-2009 09:40 PM

Charles, if I were you, I’d consider some large drawers for storing your portable power tools without the cases. Those big plastic cases take up way too much space for my liking.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-06-2009 09:42 PM

http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RickDennington/100_0792.jpg

Try this— I hope it pulls up. Plenty of storage for all your needs.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#3 posted 11-06-2009 09:43 PM

If you want a cheap but heavy bench you can use 4×4s as legs and use plywood for the top

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 11-06-2009 09:45 PM

Cant find 4×4’s around here expect for treated 4×4’s.

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#5 posted 11-06-2009 10:46 PM

For my bench base, I glued and screwd together 2×4’s face to face (effectively 4×4s’) and made stretchers with 2×4’s. I used a single 4×8 foot sheet of 3/4” MDF cut into 3 equal pieces, stacked & glued them together for the top. The bench weighs a lot, has stood up to a year’s worth of me beating the hell out of it, looks/functions fine, and cost about $35.00 to build. I consider it expendible; once it wears down I’ll burn it and not feel bad building another. Although it is not wearing down very much!

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#6 posted 11-06-2009 10:53 PM

I’ll second Charlie – I got rid of all the plastic cases for the power tools (the little that I now have), takes much less space to store them that way. then you can build a traditional workbench with some large drawers underneath that will hold the ‘bare’ power tools (you can create custom place holders for them).

good luck, looking forward to see your work.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 11-06-2009 10:56 PM

Charles, if you don’t want to use treated 4×4’s, just laminate 2×4’s together to create your own.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 11-06-2009 11:24 PM

I will laminate 2×4’s to make 4×4’s for my workbench!

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#9 posted 11-07-2009 03:10 AM

With doubled up 2X4’s for legs and a 3/4” plywood back and ends you don’t need stretchers and the entire base of the bench can be a storage area divided up between drawers and cupboards. Here is a quick drawing. I use 1 1/8” plywood under 3/4 MDF for the top but 3/4 ply would work too. The MDF can be replaced as it becomes damaged or to dirty. Drawers and shelf can be added to suit. The end shelves I find handy for small things. Vises can be added where you like and holes for stops can be put in the top. It is a lot less expensive than a pretty hard maple bench and gives lots of storage.
I can send you an exploded view via email if you need more construction details.

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/LGeoB/workbenchx.jpg
http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/LGeoB/Workbench3.jpg

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 11-07-2009 03:34 AM

charles check out my shop pictures…I acquired some cabinets last summer with tons of drawers and I am just building the tops…consider something like that…of course I got really lucky when the school was ripping out these old shop cabinets…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 11-07-2009 03:55 AM

There are a thousand different possiblities. I built my work bench and included drawers. I thought of building a cabinet about the with hangers inside to hang up those power tools in cases, you can also have slide out drawers as well. Try to include if you can peg board.

Have fun… and hope to see some pics as you go along. Again thanks for shairing..

-- Mike, VT

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#12 posted 11-07-2009 05:38 AM

My plastic cases are in the rafters of my garage!! Hope to see your workbench soon!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#13 posted 11-07-2009 05:43 AM

There are a lot of options for benches, but the key is to build a bench that fits your work style.

I do not have a traditional woodworkers bench because I do not focus on a lot of work with hand tools. But the key here is that I identified the way that I work and built a table accordingly.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#14 posted 11-07-2009 05:07 PM

Thanks guys for the comments!

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#15 posted 11-07-2009 05:09 PM

I work with hand tools a lot , but I also use a lot portable power tools.

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