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Setting Up Shop #4: Uncovered a Workbench

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Blog entry by wmgworks posted 10-09-2015 05:03 PM 1047 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Progress on the workshop has been a bit slow, I suppose. Most of my time is spent rearranging and purging things to make more space until I can get the lofts built for storage. But, as long as something is getting done – no matter how small – I feel good about the shop.

It’s kinda funny the “ah HAH!” moments you have when doing this kind of stuff. Pictured below is something that has been in our garage since we moved in over 15 years ago. It’s also been buried under stuff just as long. Not sure where the cabinets came from (they wouldn’t have fit in our kitchen) but my guess is one of the previous owners used it as a workbench, too. I noticed a bunch of tiny holes on the wall behind it where he probably hung up some tools. It measures 8’ long x 20” wide x 44” high. Not ideal dimensions for a workbench (especially when you’re 5’5” on a good day) but we all have to start with something. It’s also got 3 shelves inside that run the length of the cabinets.

I decided this was going to be my workbench until I can build one I want. So, I freed it from entrapment and moved it ot the side walll where you see it now. I fit my meager tool collection on the left hand side, and the right hand side is full of paint cans we’ve accumulated when painting the house. I actually got to use it AS a workbench that day for a coupe of things and it works pretty well. It’s too high for a lot of tasks, but works great for assembly and things when you need to see up close. So, for now, this will be the workbench.

-- Butchering wood since 2015



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#1 posted 10-09-2015 06:37 PM

There you go! We all had to start SOMEwhere !

Here’s a thought. You say you put your tools in the left end and some old paint in the right end? I’d reverse that, because if something gets placed//dumped/stored at the left end it will block your access. You’ll have to move everything to get to your tools. Sounds like the paint is just STORAGE so why not block the access to something you seldom need.

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#2 posted 10-09-2015 06:37 PM

Oh and, WELCOME to LJs !

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#3 posted 10-09-2015 06:53 PM



There you go! We all had to start SOMEwhere !

Here s a thought. You say you put your tools in the left end and some old paint in the right end? I d reverse that, because if something gets placed//dumped/stored at the left end it will block your access. You ll have to move everything to get to your tools. Sounds like the paint is just STORAGE so why not block the access to something you seldom need.

Oh and, WELCOME to LJs !

- JoeinGa

Thanks Joe! You’re right – we all started somewhere. And I appreciate things more, I think, because I have no problem using old/used stuff. So when I get something new – even if it’s considered low end – I am really grateful to get it. Case in point – last night I was disassembling a dresser we’ve had in there for 7 years. Before, I would have put it on the curb or donated it. Last night I was like “man, I can use ALL of these screws and bolts again! Main, this wood would work perfectly for X project!”

Both ends will remain unobstructed. When the car is parked in the garage there is only a few inches between it and the cabinet. So nothing can be in front of the cabinet for the car to get in anyway. I think the main reason I went with the left side for the tools is I’m a lefty, so I tend to reach that way when I want something

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#4 posted 10-09-2015 08:32 PM

I was just thinking if and when you do get ready for you planned bench, just jack the shelves up and your covered for wall cabinets.

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#5 posted 10-09-2015 08:41 PM



I was just thinking if and when you do get ready for you planned bench, just jack the shelves up and your covered for wall cabinets.

- htl

That thought has DEFINITELY crossed my mind

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#6 posted 10-10-2015 02:10 AM

Congrats and welcome to LJ’s

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#7 posted 10-11-2015 07:11 AM

How nice to clean your garage and find a work bench. You pointed out, “It’s too high for a lot of tasks”. When I was a kid, my father built wide sturdy little platforms 6 and 12 inches tall so that my brothers and I could help him at his workbench. You might borrow from that for working at yours.

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#8 posted 10-11-2015 02:34 PM



How nice to clean your garage and find a work bench. You pointed out, “It’s too high for a lot of tasks”. When I was a kid, my father built wide sturdy little platforms 6 and 12 inches tall so that my brothers and I could help him at his workbench. You might borrow from that for working at yours.

- fatman51

OK it’s not THAT high that i need a step stool :D. It actually works really well as an assembly area since it IS so high. Helps me see what I am doing better without having to hunch over. It’s kinda skinny though at 20”. Don’t get me wrong, I will get a lot of use out of it for a while. And then I will likely mount hte cabinets on the wall for storage

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#9 posted 11-09-2015 08:06 PM

I was going to suggest the same as fatman. A difference of just a few inches makes all the difference, depending on the task. I reckon you’ll figure out how to work comfortably at it ;)

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#10 posted 11-09-2015 08:52 PM



I was going to suggest the same as fatman. A difference of just a few inches makes all the difference, depending on the task. I reckon you ll figure out how to work comfortably at it ;)

- Ted Ewen

Thanks for stopping in, Ted!

There hasn’t been a whole lot of woodworking in the garage yet. But, like I said, it’s a great height to hold stuff in general while I’m fixing something or putting something together.

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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