|Forum topic by MattSEG||posted 01-08-2012 11:34 PM||1422 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
01-08-2012 11:34 PM
Bought a house a few months back, the lady was sold on the pool, and I was sold on the garage. That said I’m working on going through it and trying to get it up to spec.
The workbench covers a 13 foot length of wall, sticks out about 28 inches, was likely built sometime between the late 50’s and early 70’s. It’s seemed quite solid thus far, heavy, and in the light work I’ve done on it, hasn’t budged. The top was 13’ x 4”ish pine boards that looked like a mix of swiss cheese, battle armor, and a grease trap… those are now gone. I couldn’t bare the thought that anything I’d put on it would get horribly dirty, and scratched from the errant nails.
Now my woodworking skills have been hibernating for the last 16 or so years since junior high shop class (where I was pretty kick butt). The uses of the bench will be varied; I’m mainly a car guy, but intend on getting into wood working, plus the typical honey-do’s.
I’m thinking make parts of the bench. A clean tidy workspace for electronics, wood assembly, etc. A mid area, wood working, exhaust and mechanical parts, and a final area for potting/greasy parts/ etc. Basically the whole thing has to be pretty easy to clean. I was thinking buckets of poly coating.. but I dunno.
...But I digress… here is what I have now. You can surmise the construction, and before I go nuts cleaning, sanding, and painting what I have.. I want some input on if it’s worth keeping. Again, I’m not looking for an objet d’art, but a real working station… which is certainly no slight on some of the gorgeous creations I’ve seen, just that isn’t my personal goal or need.
https://imgur.com/a/En8De here are pics of the bench as it is, and the mummified string of spiders I found.
Thanks in advance for your help