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Forum topic by fiddlebanshee posted 06-11-2014 05:34 PM 916 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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fiddlebanshee

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06-11-2014 05:34 PM

Hi all,

I am a new woodworker and have finally gotten my space in the garage (about 30×12 ft). it’s not big, but I don’t have (yet) many big machines, so I think it’ll do for the first few years. This space limitation also means I have to be modest in what I can do for a workbench. So here’s my question.

I do most of my woodworking with smaller (handheld) powertools (mitersaw, track saw, router, drill with a drill guide), biscuitjoiner etc. I have one plane (a jack plane) but I am not planning on doing a whole lot of hand work. I don’t think I would have the muscle for it (I’m a middle-aged petite woman), which is also the reason I will not get a table saw. Much easier to take the saw to the project than the project to the saw, so to speak. I will probably be getting a bandsaw (tabletop?) and / or drillpress in the next few years. I haven’t decided what to do about jointer/planers yet, other than seeing if I can befriend woodworkers in my neck of the woods that would be willin to mill my lumber.

I have the festool MFT3 table for the tracksaw, but am now running into the need for another workstation as I am building shop cabinets. i need this bench mostly for assembly, and to use with the router if used handheld. I have a router table, that I am going to build a base for too.

So the question is should I build a behemot workbench, I have the feeling this would be overkill for my kind of woodworking and that I could get by with a more light duty assembly table with a vice for occasional clamping needs.

Opinions? What would be a good plan for a beginning woodworker? What’s the minimum in construction specs that I can get a useful workstation with?

-- As if I needed another hobby!


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MT_Stringer

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#1 posted 06-11-2014 05:48 PM

“I have the festool MFT3 table for the tracksaw, but am now running into the need for another workstation as I am building shop cabinets. i need this bench mostly for assembly, and to use with the router if used handheld. I have a router table, that I am going to build a base for too.”

Hmmm…that sounds familiar. Check out my multifunction table/cart.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/101964

Or this one
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/92907

Sorry, I don’t have any actual shop drawings. I build them as I go.
Hope this helps.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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fiddlebanshee

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#2 posted 06-11-2014 05:57 PM

Thanks, both look really nice, but your second one looks like what I had in mind. I like the idea for the top with the slots to fit other things in securely and for clamps to be able to be used not only at the edges of the table.

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 06-11-2014 06:05 PM

The mobile workstation is my version of several that have been built. I love the versatile clamp-ability. Can’t say enough about that.

I got some inspiration from this fellow LJ
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/92047

And this LJ
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/79211

Also, check out You Tube. Ron Paulk uses Festool equipment and has built several portable tables with different designs. His latest incorporates a router and table saw and miter station. You can buy actual construction plans from him.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 06-11-2014 06:10 PM

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/45523
This is a link to a super simple, very versatile, shop cart designed by a fellow LJ.
I have modified this design to be a lathe bench, a drill press and band saw base, and an assembly table.
Study the design and you will see that it is extremely sturdy and easy to modify.

This post on LumberJocks contains a link to a blog where complete instructions are presented. The blog is worth a look to see how it works even if you choose to make your own modifications

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MT_Stringer

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#5 posted 06-11-2014 06:12 PM

I forgot to mention I have detailed construction description and photos in my blog.

And the plans are in ShopNotes Magazine Vol 21 Issue 124.

Good luck.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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fiddlebanshee

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#6 posted 06-11-2014 06:18 PM

Thanks! I am watching the Ron Paulk videos. interesting stuff.

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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