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SwampDonkey772

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05-26-2016 09:52 PM

So today i played a little in Sketchup and came up with an idea for a new workbench. My current bench is a 2 inch thick top sitting on top of come cabinets. It’s to small for my needs so it’s time to upgrade. My question for all of you is what about my design will work and what will not work? Enclosed is the model I made the table saw on the left is in the process of getting rebuilt and that is the actual color that it will be. The middle depression is for my compound Mitre saw. The blue lines in the top are T-tracks to hold my extruded aluminum Mitre saw fence extensions. The drawer on the right is a pull out drawer to store my electric hand tools and the shelf on the left behind the saw is just a shelf. Under my Mitre saw I’m thinking of storing my small air compressor and my shop vac. Again any advice is much appreciated.


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sgmdwk

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#1 posted 05-26-2016 10:04 PM

Well, to me, placing the chop saw where you have kind of defeats the purpose of the out-feed table. Ripping long stock you are going to run into your chop saw. I also like having a work bench that is just that, nothing more. I do use my out-feed table as an assembly bench from time to time, but my work bench has no permanently attached equipment. Just my 2 cents.

-- Dave K.

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#2 posted 05-26-2016 10:12 PM

Thanks for the advice. I rarely use both tools together so my thought was to remove the mitre saw and place a board over the hole to make it a solid surface. I would love to have a dedicated workbench/assembly table but my shop is to small for it. Again thank you for the advice

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ki7hy

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#3 posted 05-26-2016 10:52 PM

Even in a small work space moving the mitre saw will drive you crazy. I would find another spot for it and keep the space flat. Maybe put a router table in that spot with a router lift or something so it’s not a big ordeal to make use of the space.

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#4 posted 05-26-2016 11:15 PM

Can you pull up a stool to do some handwork without hitting your knees or bumping your shins?

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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#5 posted 05-26-2016 11:19 PM

I can on my other workbench that is mounted to the wall

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#6 posted 05-26-2016 11:47 PM

This is a mock up of my garage/shop

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#7 posted 05-27-2016 12:29 AM

Nice setup. You have to be creative in tight spaces.

-- Scott

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#8 posted 05-27-2016 12:31 AM

That is true. When we bought the house SWMBO said i can have the 2 car for my shop. Funny how a few years later im banished to the single

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#9 posted 05-27-2016 12:54 AM

I like it with one exception…..After a little use you ll see that your saw should go to a starboard wall…that is when a wall is involved

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#10 posted 05-27-2016 12:54 AM

Your design is very similar to the Ron Paulk workbench or total station. And, I suspect it should work relatively well for you. The one thing that I would consider, if I were you, is to have the table saw on the opposite end of the bench. As you have it in you mock-up, the left hand side of the saw is up against the wall. This will drastically limit your usable space. IMHO, having the right side of the TS up against the wall is much more practical.

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SwampDonkey772

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#11 posted 05-27-2016 12:56 AM

Cabmaker. What do you mean starboard wall?

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cabmaker

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#12 posted 05-27-2016 12:59 AM

From operator position…wall to your right

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#13 posted 05-27-2016 01:00 AM

Ok. I was planning to add a longer fence rail to the right. Is that not a good idea

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#14 posted 05-27-2016 01:07 AM

Well…that would be nice yes, but you need that space on the left which the wall does not permit. if you never handle full sheets of material it would not be as critical.

If your crosscutting (for example) a 4×8 sheet of material you will be limited on capacity

If you work from stacked material you don’t want to drag it over your fence to get to where the action is

etc

etc

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#15 posted 05-27-2016 01:21 AM

Would it work for you to mount the chop saw platform on a pivot so that you can drop it out of the way or swing it back into place easily?

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