There are three parts to your work bench: The bench top, the frame and legs and the building surface. I built mine (out of ply, mdf and pine) for the simple reason that it was cheaper to do that. Pete, this table looks awesome and I think I’m going to build one for a Christmas gift this year. But by building the table in the room, I could opt for as large a tabletop as I liked. Apart from the Lee Valley miniature plane and scraps of maple/birch/cheery I carry in to work every day right next to my laptop every day. The concept of having flush, secure braces on my sawhorses appealed to me. The supports should also help make a solid outdoor work table. Even with the locking casters locked, it’s easy to make the table move about 2″ in any direction.
For GROUP BY and DISTINCT, the hash-based algorithms use work tables, but are generally more efficient when fetching all the rows out of a query. Later, this table will be setup on a concrete pad work area, but that is much further in the future. Don’t drill the counterbores in the top of the table until you have the table top assembled on top of the bench frame. This week’s Tuesday ten is a collection of Potting Bench ideas which include links to the actual step by step building plans.
This extremely durable work table is a perfect choice for a garage or a workshop. Remember, you need two Simpson ties per leg (one for the work surface and one for the shelf), and corresponding ties should sit at the same height. I hope you enjoyed it. As I’m sure you can see, using galvanized steel pipe makes this type of table extremely customizable. Not sure why I didn’t reply to this when you first posted, but I ended up using a couple of penetrating sealers to protect the table and mute the surface to the desired bounce. If I were going to built another, it would be based on the recent one from Logan’s Cabinry Shop.
I love this one too, and it came very close to being my workbench: -box-workbench/ The vises that are built into that bench can be skipped to make it very simple. Cut a piece of the ½ plywood and slid it under the table till it hit the center leg on the other side. With a generous work space, open shelving, and pull out potting soil bins – this potting bench from Lowe’s Creative Ideas is a charming diy option that is eye candy to any gardener. Buying a bench won’t get me what I want, and building one gives me a back ache.
Every project I have been on with this work of art has ended up with my clients—both men and women—spending more time admiring the table than the work for which I was being paid! First, I drilled pilot holes in the table top exactly where I wanted my table legs to go. I then held the leg up against the top and drilled pilot holes into the 4×4’s. Ok, I’ve had my morning coffee and now it’s about time to get out to the shop to see what I can do to make that bench a little more pleasing to my eye.
There are a number of plans on how to build a workbench all with various degrees of cost and sophistication, but most of them are really just tables. I also added a couple of the 5″ plates to the tops of the legs, this gives me a total of 36 1/2″ of height, lines up with cut deck on the table saw, so I can use it as a run out table. It must be a comfortable height, and the bench should suit the type of work you spend the most time doing.
I realize that I am signing up for some slow work considering that the curved shape will make the positioning, caulking, and taping trickier than that of a straight-edged piece. If your table is for bar clamps, cut and screw four 18-inch vertical arms to the outside corners to retain the clamps. This leads me to reject the notion that you should compare building a traditional workbench w/ buying a traditional workbench.
And thanks for the tip on the Ikea mineral oil – oiling my cutting boards was something I’ve been meaning to do forever (along with plans to make spoon butter”) but hadn’t gotten around to it. Once you posted this, I added it to my Ikea list and got all the wood kitchen things oiled this morning. I’ve been using the homeowner made workbench” that was in the garage when I bought the current house.
I am building the heavy duty bench and would like to see the plans for the miter saw bench and the other two benches you built. We intend to use the lower shelf for tool storage (where deflection issues are less important), and the upper shelf for a combination of storage and work space (where deflection issues are more important). If you need more storage (and who doesn’t), it’s easy to add some notched plywood to create a storage shelf below the table.