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11-17-2015 08:30 PM

I have been wanting to build a new workbench that will butt up to my existing workbench to total a 4’ x 8’ work space / off cut support for my table saw. Seeking constructive feedback for my initial Sketchup design.

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#1 posted 11-17-2015 08:50 PM

Seems like it would work. You might add a stretcher toward the top of the legs OR just add a piece of 1/4” ply to the legs and make a torsion box. Better yet, use pegboard…..then you can hang tools and such.

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#2 posted 11-17-2015 08:54 PM

Interestingly the photo is not displayed completely.

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#3 posted 11-17-2015 08:58 PM

There fixed the photo to show the full bench with the cutout for the table saw and where it will but up to the existing bench.

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#4 posted 11-18-2015 08:19 AM

I had a similar idea on a bench I want to build like this. I gave a 10 inch contractors table saw and wanted to build a u shape bench that would slide around the table saw. I thought of having a design where I could place a table top in the u shape cut off when not in use with the table saw. Anyone else done something like this?

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#5 posted 11-18-2015 09:00 AM

I think it is a personal thing, but if the saw is where I think it is the bench acts like an out feed table? But all has to cleared off the WB when doing that.,it would not be my choice. I guess it is about space you have, and size of sheet goods being cut. I personally would not work for me and my shop is 15’x15’ I have a out feed table for my TS, and if I am doing something with 4×8’ sheet goods I break it down to rough size in the garage b4 bringing to the basement shop for final sizing, same with something that is lets say 6” x 8’ but need a few shorter lengths out of it.

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#6 posted 11-18-2015 01:13 PM

Very interesting design! I like the simplicity of the bottom portion(where the casters are attached.)

My only critique is it might be structurally weak if you put force on it along the green axis. I don’t know what joints and dimensions you have planned… so it might not even be an issue.

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#7 posted 11-18-2015 01:38 PM

I would be worried about the flexibility of the top I would add stretchers, all the way around the top to increase the stiffness.

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#8 posted 11-18-2015 02:32 PM

Thanks for the advice. It was just what I was looking for. I think stretchers across the way to go.

The dimensions of the table will be 4’x8’. Thinking two 3/4” sheets of ply of MDF for the top. 2×6’s for everything else and 4” casters. The L shaped cut out is 20” x 60” to fit my existing bench. The U or C shaped cut of will be for the table saw and it 25 3/4” x 17 5/8” . Pocket holes are the current plan for construction.

The minimal leg support is so I can figure out a way to also have the dust collection stored in the space directly behind the table saw (if not a vacuum at least a box directly under the saw).

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#9 posted 11-18-2015 02:41 PM

I was thinking the cut out could be a route table, but adjoining it to an

existing bench makes senses as well.

Not sure if you’re aware of Rpn Paulks’ workbench so this might give you some additional

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#10 posted 11-18-2015 04:28 PM

That Rpn Paulks’ workbench is nice. I also plan to add dog holes and miter slots and T-tracks to mine. I’ve add the stretchers and flipped it over to show the underside. Unless anyone sees any structural issues I may call the ‘frame and top” portion of the design done and move on to how I will make the dust collection be stored underneath.

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