|Forum topic by Mainiac Matt||posted 02-19-2012 03:10 AM||5897 views||2 times favorited||8 replies|
02-19-2012 03:10 AM
Look! Up in the shop! It’s a bench, no it’s a jointer… and a drill press, and a disk and belt sander, and a planer and a grinder….... It’s super bench!
I salvaged this old solid wood desk years ago from a job site…. it has a 1” solid hardwood top, so I fabricated a tray on casters and used it as a mobile bench for a while
Next, I found an old Craftsman jointer at a garage sale (little did I know at the time how old) and brought her home on the cheap. These oldies were sold without a stand, and this one had a falling apart 2×4 frame, so I cut the top of my desk/bench and lowered the right side, and then removed the large file drawer and mounted the moter and plumbed DC in it’s place. The motor shaft extended out both sides, and one evening at Woodcraft I saw an 8” sander plate and had an epiphany.
Then I decided to permanently mount my 12” bench top planer with the feed path running the long way underneath. This planer is a real sniper, so I mounted a 12” melamine shelf as an adjustable feed ramp.
A couple years later I aquired a bench top drill press and built a nice table for it. She’s mounted a little higher than I’d prefer, but I’m 6’ tall, so I can get buy with it.
Added a cheap China vise, in which I can mount my 4×24 belt sander…
Lastly, I mounted a cheap bench grinder that was looking for a home
There’s a power strip mounted to the back and the bench.
Hear’s a final pic ….
I hope this may help spark some creative ideas out there. Old desks are readilly available and can make a decent economy workstation.
-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!