Garage/craft room tape dispenser – such a good idea using a hacksaw blade. My first bench was the FWW getting started in WW design – total cost ~$100 including vise, and I still have it (although now works as a sharpening bench – why do they all end up that way?) It is very sturdy and works great – however, I did want something bigger, and when the opportunity came, I snatched some hard maple from a bowling alley that was redoing it’s floors to make my workbench.
I also wanted to thank you for the inspiration, each time I see your light grey walls I like them more and am now thinking something similar may work in my (rental) kitchen – I have wanted to paint the tobacco stained yellow/white walls since I moved in 2 years ago, but I haven’t as I knew white walls would make the tobacco stained white cabinets look even grungier, but a dark color wouldn’t work as the kitchen doesn’t get a lot of natural light.
It’s a Saturday morning, ive had a hellashish week putting a job right that I subbed to an install crew, and I’m dog tired (the job is straightened out and the sub has been fired); I had no interest in going to the shop this weekend, tired of it all but having seen this video and article I absolutely have to go and build the table you have designed!
The top should overhang about four inches and the low long shelf support should be on the inside of the legs, the same way the short support is. Both of these things for the reason to move your legs away from the table legs and the lower shelf , The way you have it now you will be kicking the table legs with your feet and knocking your shins against the low shelf supports as you work and move around, this gets very annoying.
If the top is free to have it’s out of square condition or out of plane condition adjusted by a simple tension along one of the diagonals, then the bench was probably built on the ‘light side’ to begin with; and not strengthened to avoid the sag and out of square condition that would normally occur when adequate bracing was omitted from the original build.
The design is simple: I want a fairly large surface and I would like to have the ability to clamp a work piece down anywhere on the table. So I wasn’t sure how building four tables as a team would go, but I figured it’s Friday, we’re on the farm, there’s beer, and only one of us almost lost two fingers to a table-saw once (wasn’t me), I’m sure it’ll be fine. This will drive me crazy, since I regularly break out the tenon saw for fine work.
Finally (and this is an important point when you’re thinking about building a bench), a strong and well-built bench will last you for the rest of your life. And thanks so so much for the tutorial, we just bought a wood table too but it’s super dry and absorbing absolutely EVERYTHING… I had no clue how to/which kind of finish to apply, but this tutorial is super helpful!!! If you are building a French or an English bench then the blue one is a good choice.
My mother had an old farm table that was 100+ years old that had a similar sort of feel that this does. In certain circumstances, such as keyset-driven cursors, a temporary index is built on the work table. If the work top gets worn out, you can easily replace it – and be thankful that your gift is being put to good use. You will use the cut-off end of four of the the table top timbers to make the legs. It also comes in handy in the workshop, as an extra work surface when you’re building or repairing frames and supers. I just finished up a concrete table for my apartment, and I owe its success to you!
Not good… Of course you can dyna-bolt a bench to a concrete floor but it simply isn’t the same as having a massive weight to work against. The addition of the wheels on the front and the handles on the back gives the advantage of rolling it around the garden as you work and keeps your tools and materials conveniently organized and handy. My shop is the size of a standard one-car garage and you can see that it still gives me plenty of space to work in my shop!
The New Yankee Workshop featured the construction of woodworking projects, including workshop accessories, architectural details and furniture projects ranging from simple pieces to complex, high-quality reproductions of antique classic furniture. I picked up my 1st work bench along side the road with a free sign on it. Have been using it eversince trying to acquire the skills and the knowledge of what I want on a work bench, worring about having the perfect bench.
In this case, a work table is created to hold the row identifiers and primary keys of the base tables. If you want to attach work tools to the side of the table in future, build the table apron frame a few inches inside the tabletop. The actual base will not be explained, but full instructions to build it can be found on a Ana-White’s amazing DIY website I modified her plans by adding to the overall dimensions and removing the wood top. Keep in mind that wood may not be perfectly straight so choose carefully at the shop.
I have a pretty small space to work with, so my bench is more like a big work station with a decent front vice, storage and 2 work surfaces. The front and back table top beams have counterbored holes so that the lag bolt heads and nuts are under-flush. The good news is the table saw is finally put back together… I just haven’t had the nerve to test it yet.
I like to keep my DeWalt hooked up to my shop vac and did not see a slot for doing so while ripping in the 45 degree position. This work bench is designed to last generations and can provide the perfect base for you to pass along your skills (and this bench) to your children and their children. The Restore is a great place to pick up salvaged building materials inexpensively. In addition to garage sales, salvage yards often have plenty of secondhand materials suitable for making benches. Mounting the DeWalt was a simple matter of ripping down some 2x and attaching it to the underside of the saw.
I’m a little bothered by the word Ultimate” because even the best ideas can always be improved, so there’s no ‘ultimate,’ and besides, what works great for one carpenter sometimes doesn’t work so good for another carpenter. I used some extra hardboard to make a spacer behind the 2×4 so that the 2×4 on the wall would stick out the same distance as the work surface. One of the beauties of building a bench is that you can tailor the design to suit the materials – building-in more braces if the steel and timber are thinner, etc. They believe that a dream work bench starts with a thick top, sturdy base, bench dogs and a pair of vises.
Successfully repairing small machines, assembling projects and building furniture are entirely dependent on having a sturdy work surface at the right height. Use cauls (sturdy pieces of lumber that you clamp down across the top of the assembly) to make sure that the assembly stays flat. There are a huge number of work bench building methods, so I’ll deal here only with what I’ve seen work well. Either one will provide lots of good general information on building a good solid bench so I don’t think you can go wrong with either one. Workbench Plans for Free – Workbench Design Home Page Plans available on the web at no cost.
When you first posted a snapshot of the original table I was really worried about that oil stain (because it’s totally logical to worry about other people’s furniture, really) but you did a great job cleaning everything up. Love how your kitchen is coming together. The bench is ambitious, but it can be built by a home craftsman who owns a small table saw and a benchtop planer. I am so building a bench with a pneumatic hence-on-bench that is recessed into the surface.
Your creative, practical designs inspire me to create and design my own functional pieces that will make my work day more efficient, and for that I thank you! You can’t do super-detailed work (I use my Mouse sander for that), but for big blocks of wood like tabletops, doors and floorboards, they’re great. My first workbench” wasn’t a workbench at all but an assembly table built from plans on the Norm’s New Yankee site.
I am looking to build a 4×4 coffee table top and wondered if you would recommend the knockout approach you used on your bar top for something that size in order to limit the weight. Simply, when you want to convert a section of your document to a table, you select the section using your mouse pointer and then select Convert Text to Table.” The resulting dialog box allows you to choose how many columns you want. Innovative & Reliable, this Rectangular Work Table in Black & Red Finish is able to support up to 700 lbs.