|Forum topic by mcg1990||posted 01-22-2015 04:16 AM||1295 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
01-22-2015 04:16 AM
I’ve a modest 23ish x 13ish shop that I’m about to finish insulating and wall up. So far I’ve made do with a giant cumbersome workbench (if you could call it that) but now that I’ve got my table saw inside I’m needing to push my work area to the outside and build cabinets to store all the junk.
I mainly want to pose my ideas for the wrap around work surface, and ask for input on whether any of my ideas are superfluous, too short sighted or what have you. Firstly, I’ll quickly describe the image:
The red lines indicate a future fence for the mitre-saw, probably the Kreg Trak and Stop. The mitre saw itself will be recessed, as mine currently is, to have a flush cutting surface.
My main design priority is building something functional and dynamic. I know that as I continue to grow as a woodworker I’ll need my table to grow with me – I don’t want to get to a certain point and regret my choice to slap up a work table of 2×4s and plywood. I need to be able to add a T-track if I want that, or bench dogs and vices if I want those. I’ll also probably start with a simple shell, but with a view to add drawers and cabinets for a cleaner look.
Something like this:
However that’s the plywood top that I’m trying to get away from, and it looks like it’d be a nightmare to ever try and clamp with/onto. I think what I want is the base of that design, but with the jointed, butcher-block style 2×4 top that seems most common.
And so with all of that said, can you see any glaring holes in my plan? I fear I may be trying too hard to future-proof it, or perhaps, is it easier than I’m thinking to design an adaptive work area? The two are opposites, yet I feel like the two are equally as likely.
If you’ve done something similar and found that you missed something out and regret it, or conversely you went way overboard and spent too much time and money on the design, please let me know.