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New shop work bench

Post by K1200 GT » Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:34 pm

Just made a work bench for my new shop. What ya think? All 2x6 and glue and screws, top is 3/4 ply wood. Made some new shelves in back ground. Sorry its just nice to have a house and shop. My last house went to my EX in 1993. Doing a lot of travel sense then. Worked for Railroad sub-contractors for 8 yrs. as a signalman. Just a lot of traveling but great money. Anyway check it out.

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Re: New shop work bench

Post by dbrick » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:03 pm

Very nice. Were it me, I would add either diagonal braces or a full "plate" of plywood on the sides and back. Glue and screw it on. Once you get it shaking with a saw or other vise work, the lack of triangulation is going to let it sway.

Last one I made was a 36" solid core maple commercial door with 4x6 legs and hand mortised in 4x4 and 2x4 braces. Still at my sisters house, too damn big to move. Solid as a rock, must weigh 100 pounds without the vises.

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Re: New shop work bench

Post by fj20spl311 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:06 pm

Looks great...
I would have put a "X" in the end pieces...you still can....
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Re: New shop work bench

Post by K1200 GT » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:32 pm

Ya, I still have some plywood and 2X4s. I do want it to last for a few years. Thanks for the input. Ill geter done.

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Re: New shop work bench

Post by Garm » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:35 pm

The 2x6 end pieces will prevent any forward/back motion. Something lengthwise will stiffen it up, even a single 2x4 back there would do it.

Nice bench, you used a lot thicker materials than I did.
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Re: New shop work bench

Post by eastmedia » Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:29 pm

To save space I used the cantalievered approach. Attached the bench to the studs at the wall, and angled legs to give clearance underneath. It's pretty solid as you can see from the stuff stacked in it.

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Re: New shop work bench

Post by K1200 GT » Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:43 pm

That looks good. I wanted a stand alone because that had an inner wall to go against. Not sure how well this old building would hold up to some of the abuse im going to inflect.

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Re: New shop work bench

Post by 68DSU » Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:35 pm

Just a suggestion but if you put a shelf of some sort on the lower part you will have a place for all the stuff that will end up underneath the bench anyway and you will be putting weight low on the bench that will add to stability.
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Re: New shop work bench

Post by fj20spl311 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:58 pm

K1200 GT wrote:That looks good. I wanted a stand alone because that had an inner wall to go against. Not sure how well this old building would hold up to some of the abuse im going to inflect.

Rich
If you expect to abuse the top, you are going to need a second layer on the top of 3/4 MFD.

Two layer of 3/4 MFD make a very solid work bench top. Plywood is too soft.
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Re: New shop work bench

Post by dbrick » Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:25 pm

fj20spl311 wrote:
K1200 GT wrote:That looks good. I wanted a stand alone because that had an inner wall to go against. Not sure how well this old building would hold up to some of the abuse im going to inflect.

Rich
If you expect to abuse the top, you are going to need a second layer on the top of 3/4 MFD.

a few coats or urethane on the top helps too.

Two layer of 3/4 MFD make a very solid work bench top. Plywood is too soft.

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Re: New shop work bench

Post by 68DSU » Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:03 pm

fj20spl311 wrote:
K1200 GT wrote:That looks good. I wanted a stand alone because that had an inner wall to go against. Not sure how well this old building would hold up to some of the abuse im going to inflect.

Rich
If you expect to abuse the top, you are going to need a second layer on the top of 3/4 MFD.

Two layer of 3/4 MFD make a very solid work bench top. Plywood is too soft.
One of my benches has an MDF top. If you screw it on, it is easy to replace if it gets cut, scorched, or stained.
Bench pictures on tomorrow's to do list.
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Re: New shop work bench

Post by K1200 GT » Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:02 am

Ok, gotta ask what is MFD or what is it made of?

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Re: New shop work bench

Post by fj20spl311 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:29 am

Medium-density fibreboard ( MDF)

You might think it is particle board....but actually much heaver 600-800 kg/m³

When it's thick, it tough and heavy!!!! At 800 kg/m³ that's 100 lbs for a 4 x 8 sheet
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Re: New shop work bench

Post by K1200 GT » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:18 am

I dont know it already weighs in at over 150 LB I bet. Good thing its where I want it....if I decide to use some of that. Its 7ft long and 2ft wide that would add another 45 LBs. or so. :shock:

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Re: New shop work bench

Post by fj20spl311 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:36 am

K1200 GT wrote:I dont know it already weighs in at over 150 LB I bet. Good thing its where I want it....if I decide to use some of that. Its 7ft long and 2ft wide that would add another 45 LBs. or so. :shock:

Rich
7 x 2 is perfect......add two layers of MDF and she's just under 250lbs......
That won't move when you "BANG" on it...... :D
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