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Old 05-30-2013, 06:18 AM   #1
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Any where I can fine diy work bench that I can build as a project .


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Old 05-30-2013, 07:43 AM   #2
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Google it, there's hundred if not thousands of plans and pictures of them.

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Google search for "DIY workbench". Here's the first result.

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Old 05-30-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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Some people rave about that one that Harbor Freight offers on sale from time to time, and im pretty sure its solid hardwood, maybe Maple. You cant buy the wood for the price they offer it when on sale for $129
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I built a bench a while ago and designed it to allow for replacing the top. I made the frame around the top out of 1x3 and put a sheet of 1/4" MDF as the surface inside. This allows me to replace the top should it get wrecked. Now, there's something to be said for the look of a rugged and well-used workbench. But if you're using it for painting, gluing and other messy work that might not be that great looking after a while.

I found it was simpler/faster to just buy a set of metal legs and then used double layers of 3/4" plywood to make the top and the bottom shelf. The metal legs had cut-outs already for outlets. I wired mine up with a switched outlet on each leg. Great for having a place to connect a tool without draping the line across the work surface.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:49 PM   #6
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My workbench is 24x60 made out of 5/4" yellow pine for the rails and a middle support. 4x4 douglass fur for the legs screwed to the rails and a sheet of 3/4" cabinet grade plywood for the table (free from work) with 1/8" mdf overtop for protection which can be removed. Ran three 2X3/4" 40" long strips up the back and fastened a peg board. Fastened my small vise to the right front corner and have an extension table in the front left where I fastened my small bench grinder.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:11 PM   #7
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This is starting to sound like the "Big Deck" routine.

My work bench is Solid Rock Maple Made by Garden Way Research. Bought it about 40 years ago. has 4 vices on it. The usual woodworking vices, a 6 inch old craftsman and a parrot vice. Unfortunately its always covered with S**T so my alternate workbench is three of those folding plastic horses and a door.
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You really need to let us know what you are working on----

I have three---the most used is the assembly table---which is little more than a well supported sheet of particle board with raised 1x edging---for gluing up face frames and doors----
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Unfortunately its always covered with S**T so my alternate workbench is three of those folding plastic horses and a door.
Heh, you're not alone there! I plan on the new shop having two benches along the outside walls and then another in the middle with the table saw in it. At least *one* of them should be able to remain clear for getting work done...
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I have two work tables and a 20' L-O-N-G countertop. Still, I often end up throwing up a table outside.... or sawhorses.
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Heh, you're not alone there! I plan on the new shop having two benches along the outside walls and then another in the middle with the table saw in it. At least *one* of them should be able to remain clear for getting work done...
Yup, that adage about crap expanding based on the room made available for it is true. Norm Abrams makes me wanna puke! He must have 4 girls cleaning up behind him on that show. I watch "American Pickers" now, where they go to all those garages full of old crap, makes me feel better about my garage and basement. Have you seen what they pay for old crap nowadays? Amazing!
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three of those folding plastic horses and a door.
Mine consists of two wooden horses and two 8ft 2x4's, or whatever scrap plywood is nearby.

I do have a spare door...... Thanks for the idea!
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I built this one several months ago, it's solid as hell. Probably overkill, but very easy to throw together and a great thing.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/0...-a-work-bench/

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My most recent bench is made of 2x4s, 3/4" MDF with 1/4" laminate on top. I put a lot of poly on it and filled in the screws with wood putty. When I decide its had it, I can chip away the putty, unscrew it and throw another one on. The bench is 34" tall, 6' wide and 32" deep. Also, I have threaded pipe for legs, I can unscrew them and fold the bench towards the wall/floor to make more room in the garage.
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I just made one last week- Got a job re-plumbing a house flip and the old kitchen cabinets were outside so I snagged some bases and uppers, backed into the garage when I got home- screwed them to the wall- slapped down an 8' piece of particle board counter top I had laying around- done deal, not mobile, but functional. The quality of your bench is not always reflection of the quality of the work you do on it
BTW- My wife immediately loaded it down with garage sale goods

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