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Old 03-12-2012, 03:01 PM   #381
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Nothing special but then again it is my first space and at 22 I don't think I'm doing too bad. Have to make due with what I have for now, the '70 Chevelle is taking up everything!!

My toolbox and most other stuff is on the opposite end. I wish I could have everything together but this works for now. I'm definitely going to build my own workbench eventually, the half shelf top is a decent size but nowhere as big as I'd like.

Yes, that is a branch holding the shop towels but it works flawlessly. Gotta improvise!



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Old 03-12-2012, 04:54 PM   #382
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How the heck does he find anything on there
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:56 PM   #383
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Nothing special but then again it is my first space and at 22 I don't think I'm doing too bad. Have to make due with what I have for now, the '70 Chevelle is taking up everything!!

My toolbox and most other stuff is on the opposite end. I wish I could have everything together but this works for now. I'm definitely going to build my own workbench eventually, the half shelf top is a decent size but nowhere as big as I'd like.

Yes, that is a branch holding the shop towels but it works flawlessly. Gotta improvise!



I had the same shelves for my first bench as well. The only difference is that I used some 2x4s and made a bench top. That way I could pound on things and not damage the cheap fiber-board that it comes with.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:08 PM   #384
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I'm going to post an update. I recently got rid of the bench you see in this picture:



It was a tool box with a solid-core door on the top of it.

In its place, I wanted a bench with more storage (since the toolbox was only 18" deep, and left space behind it) and also to have a comfortable place to sit while working on smaller stuff.

I made the new bench out of a taller set of drawers that I chopped in half and added one false front where I put my air hose reel.

Here is the donor cabinet:



And here are some pictures from the transformation:









I re-painted and then had the chair re-upholstered for it. This is where it started:



In the process of building the bench, I also added a vise and replaced my old drill press. Here's the vise:



The drill press started out like this:



And ended up like this:



At the end of the whole deal, this is what it came out like:




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Old 03-12-2012, 06:11 PM   #385
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I'm no leg humper, but damn Jack, that is nice!

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Old 03-12-2012, 08:22 PM   #386
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I had the same shelves for my first bench as well. The only difference is that I used some 2x4s and made a bench top. That way I could pound on things and not damage the cheap fiber-board that it comes with.
I was going to do something like that. I have a table with fold out legs that's pretty sturdy and can take a thrashing that I pull out if I need to do heavy work. Hopefully soon I'll have my own full built bench. For right now it gets the job done.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:38 PM   #387
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:41 PM   #388
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[QUOTE=Jim Stabe;1538897]3/4" steel top for fabricating. Receiver tubing in the corners for mounting tools (planishing hammer, shrinkers, beverly shear, vise, etc). It weight about 600 lbs


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Any more pics of the drawer? Is that a custom design?
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:41 AM   #389
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Jack,

Is there a separate thread somewhere on the drill press refurb?
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:47 AM   #390
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Nice Job Jack! That is one hell of a upgrade, nice upgrade on the drill press as well! I didn't read about what you used for the new work surface, looks like maybe a solid core door? Is it the same door as you used before?

The old picture showed a metal wrap around the edge of that table top, is that just steel that you bent to fit the door edge?

Again, nice work!

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Old 03-13-2012, 06:47 PM   #391
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Here is a few pics of my workbench

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Old 03-13-2012, 06:57 PM   #392
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yeah, it's beautiful.
Thank you very much.

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Is there a separate thread somewhere on the drill press refurb?
No. I just painted it and buffed out the metal parts. And re-wired it. And added a different kind of switch. And a new handle.

Maybe I should have done a thread on it?

Most of the details are in my main garage thread, starting right about here.

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Nice Job Jack! That is one hell of a upgrade, nice upgrade on the drill press as well! I didn't read about what you used for the new work surface, looks like maybe a solid core door? Is it the same door as you used before?

The old picture showed a metal wrap around the edge of that table top, is that just steel that you bent to fit the door edge?

Again, nice work!

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Thanks. I sold the solid core-door with the old tool box. For this bench, I sprung for a piece of Oak butcher block at Ikea. I knew I wanted to give a shape the edge of this bench so the chair wouldn't be sticking out and tripping me and also so I wouldn't be hitting a corner every time I leaned over to the Craftsman tool box stack. So the solid core door wasn't going to work for that -- it would have exposed the heart of the thing, which was basically particle board.
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:45 AM   #393
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I just finished this up yesterday so I could mount my small lathe to it. I added some HF rollers to the bottom. I also mounted my vise that hasn't been mounted to a bench for years. I was going to use Masonite for the top but then figured if things were going to be bolted down, then I couldn't swap it out too easy, so I picked up two packages or laminate flooring. Easy to wipe off. And if I do any dirty work, I can toss the Masonite on top to do it. BTW....the table is 4'x8' so I didn't have to rip anything down other than cut the ends off of the flooring,
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:14 AM   #394
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Kevin, I love that workbench. That top is almost too nice to work on. I will seriously consider wood flooring for a work surface. Congrats. Nice lathe, too. Hoping to get the motor for mine fixed today.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:59 AM   #395
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Jack, why red??? your shop looks so cool and old school/high tech that the green went so well.

Kevin, how's the shoulder?
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:45 PM   #396
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It's a complete mess due to some drywalling and rewiring that I'm doing....not that's it's ever real clean.

This is the first bench I built when I bought my house. It's funny when you need to build something to build everything else. I would change a few things about it but a sold core door top makes it plenty strong, lagged into the wall studs to keep it stable.

I've got a lightweight bench on the adjacent wall for small projects, food line, junk.

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Also a "bar" island that we watch games around, prep food, and hang out at. It's also my de facto cutting table for larger pieces since it's usually pretty clean and I can get something large actually on it! It's a mess since I'm doing some work in my kitchen right now. Excuses, excuses!
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:53 PM   #397
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Is that a Logan Lathe?
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:37 PM   #398
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No Mrbreezeet1 it is a Clausing 12x36 Quick change gearbox
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:38 PM   #399
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Kevin Like the bench alot and that is a nice lathe you have there.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:44 PM   #400
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Jack like the way the bench turned out. Also hoping to pick up a rockwell drill press that is like the one you just done. It is on craigslist and i am going to look at in the next few days when we both could set it up. Dont think $65.00 is bad for it. Has some rust but not something that will not clean up. And i will say it again you have done a great job on everthing in your gargage. Scott
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