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Old 01-25-2010, 05:31 PM   #161
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Default Re: work benches... from scratch

Here is a link to a "how to post pictures" I did in another forum I frequent.

http://www.diychatroom.com/f98/how-post-pictures-50857/
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:52 PM   #162
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Did somebody say pictures?

I posted this in another thread, but it seems to also belong in a 'work benches... from scratch' collection.

I got a little break in my work schedule the other day, so while the kid was in school I knocked this bench together.

Here's the rough sketch I did at breakfast:



Nice look, but I needed to figure out how to bend the 2"x2" tubing. So I finally unpacked my cheapo Harbor Freight roller bender. Without dies for square tubing, it was slow going. I ended up having to make a series of cuts to help it along:




Then I just cut the rest of the pieces to match the sketch. I used a total of 33' of square tubing:



My assembly on this had to be quick (since the kid's only in half days of nursery school), and I'm still enough of a novice so that the welds are pretty ugly. But that's what grinders were invented for, right?



Here it is in its basic shape with the butcher block sitting on top of it. At this point, I still need to do the grinding, filling and paint:



My garage is still a complete mess from tearing out most of the old cabinets and putting some steel units in. But if you squint your eyes and look through all the clutter, the bigger picture of the new look is starting to come together:



As you can see, I stained the tops of all three wood benches a dark brown. It's kind of shiny in this picture, because it's drying -- but it will have a satin finish and be almost an opaque stain kind of look. I didn't want the tops to look like nice furniture, but I didn't want them to look like raw lumber, either.



(The lumber resting next to it is for an unrelated project.)

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Old 01-25-2010, 06:22 PM   #163
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That looks real nice, Jack. The Arch really makes it a lot more interesting.

And of course the strength factor of a classic arch is a great bonus.
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:40 PM   #164
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I really think it looks to nice to use as a work bench. I wouldn't want to put anything on it for fear of ruining the finish.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:36 PM   #165
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I really think it looks to nice to use as a work bench. I wouldn't want to put anything on it for fear of ruining the finish.
See, I thought it looked too pretty when it was just Maple butcher block. Then I took the old finish off with 36 grit sandpaper on a belt sander -- so the top of it now looks like the face of an old boxer. I won't mind banging on it at all.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:58 PM   #166
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Wow! Jack, you never cease to amaze me. I wish I was a "novice" fabricator. Very very nice work.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:20 AM   #167
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great job on that bench Jack... i like it.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:44 AM   #168
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Anyone know where I can find a set of plans for a simple 8'x32" workbench built from wood? Nothing fancy, just a simple heavy duty bench for a garage.

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Old 01-26-2010, 12:04 PM   #169
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I built this a couple of years back because I got tired of moving the plate around to work in the garage! It's my welding, and anything that needs to be "heat and beat" on bench. I used 1" plate and some tube stock that I welded adjustable house jack feet onto. The plates are perfectly flat to each other so I can span across the triangle to get large projects flat. Holes in the top allow for clamps and threaded holders for any configuration of hold down. Hasn't broken yet!

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Old 01-26-2010, 12:20 PM   #170
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Anyone know where I can find a set of plans for a simple 8'x32" workbench built from wood? Nothing fancy, just a simple heavy duty bench for a garage.


this thread has plenty of plans... pick a simple one and send a PM to the individual. I'm sure they will give you details.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:20 PM   #171
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That's awesome. That thick, you know that bench will put up with anything and won't go anywhere.

Did you attach it to the wall?

(And WhatThaFrig and R6rider, thanks!)
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:28 PM   #172
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I was going to bolt it to the wall but I did not have to. The L config keeps it from tipping and the weight keeps it planted pretty good. I figure it at 1500#s. The tops calculate out to 500#s each!

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Old 01-26-2010, 10:51 PM   #173
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That ain't gonna move.
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:17 PM   #174
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Wow, very impressive work guys!

Theres nine ways to skin a cat as they say, but a million way to build a work bench!
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Old 01-28-2010, 05:47 AM   #175
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Here is a great article and plan for a simple workbench

http://www.rd.com/17667/article17667.html

I built a version of this for my basement workshop and I find it functions very well
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:37 AM   #176
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here are some pics of my semi mobile workbench. I wanted it to be able to be moved around the shop until I knew where I wanted it then to sit like a permanent bench when I got it there so I made the front wheels retractible.

I pulled it out so I could frame the wall behind it and build a closet with shelves to put my engine and jacks in. I also now have the new engine block back from the machine shop so all those parts on the bench can be put where they belong soon. then I will probably find something else to cover it up with. lol
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:03 PM   #177
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Mine: Works OK. I made it from a solid core door and some file drawers from a used office furniture place. $100 all in.

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Old 01-29-2010, 05:07 PM   #178
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I figure it at 1500#s. The tops calculate out to 500#s each!

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Old 01-29-2010, 11:14 PM   #179
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Jack O, your bench is a lot like furniture, I saw your fence work too, man your good. I am just an inexpirienced kid of 39 with 6-7 yrs in welding shops and a small Miller Syncrowave 250 in my garage. TIG of course... I dont know much but you got good ideas and a skill set.
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:03 AM   #180
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Thanks very much, Full Size 66. Maybe it's one benefit of being just a hobbyist -- I can slow down and work things out over and over again on paper until I like them -- no customer or boss hurrying me along. But I appreciate the nice words from someone who's already a much better welder than I'll ever be. (And for the record, I can barely remember 39.)
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