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    Default New work bench for the garage

    hi all,

    having lived in alot of different places (all rental) I've been dreaming of a good work bench for years and years. one that was the right height, didn't sway back and forth when I was cutting something in the vise and had space to organise all my tools and materials. Usual wishlist.

    finally got off my butt towards the end of this winter's break and got started. Material is a mix of 4x4 fence posts, 2x4 from wherever and flat bits of wood that I've been squirelling away for the last year.

    here's what needs replacing. It's not even really a work bench to be honest, just a bunch of shelving. It came with the house.



    ten ton of stuff that was on/ in it


    bare and nekkid

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    frame done. It's not entirely square, more a bit of a parallelogram, but good enough for the near sighted


    rails installed and the first couple of drawers - thanks for the tip 3phaselightbulb! Got the 22" promark slides of Amazon for an excellent $60. Most expensive part of the build but well worth it.



    also added a power strip, cut in half to make 2 sets of outlets. Each draw other than the ones above also has an LED light, more for the hell of it than any real practical benefit

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    frame installed, levelled and screwed to the wall


    3/4" sub tops installed. Plywood on the left, pallet wood in the center and on the right. Also, new to me wood workers vise (Desmond of Ohio?) which will be a very useful addition.


    I must have been too tired or excited to take pics before I'd filled it up, but here it is with the draw lights on and main garage lights off


    I think the lights will be a bit of a gimmick as I can just slide the drawers out if I want to see what's at the back of them, but it was fun and didn't cost me anything other than some time.

    main light on

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    anodising and electrolysis drawer


    steel bits drawer. This one is the only one that's a little hard to open!


    alu bits drawer


    dead space in the corner now has a stand for my long and/ or round bits of scrap. Used a bit of 3" sch40 pipe from a building site dumpster dive and a 10ft long bit of 1 3/4" sch40 I picked up on the way back from work. That was an interesting few miles with it on the back of my bike, that's for sure.


    now to use the bench to fix that rocker platform that turned out not to be fixed after all..

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    Ain't it nice having a fresh workbench- and lots of organizing too. Looks good.
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    thanks! it's going to make life so much easier having a place for everything and the space to use it. Looking forward to getting a Wilton bullet vise refurbed and on the bench too.

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    That all looks awesome! Perching the vise like that right over a leg will really pay off big time too. No such thing as too strong or too big a leg right under the vise.

    I did the same thing with some 4" PVC for short metal parts. Mine's all in one box with staggered heights from front to back. But very much the same idea as you have. You're going to love how it works out if you still have doubts. It's so nice to pull a piece or two and things don't all just spiral fall into a big mess.

    You don't have enough bits and pieces yet. You've still got all that room between the tubes....

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    Looks good.

    I'm gonna suggest something, though.... Especially over at the left end.... I'd put a shelf under the pegboard, maybe one with a front lip.

    The reason is not really to put stuff on, but rather to keep things that fall from the pegboard, or don't quite make it back onto the pegboard, from falling behind everything else. It is a royal pain to get stuff out from a filled up corner like that, and the best idea is to put a shelf to catch it, or at least keep it from getting down behind all the rest of the stuff.
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    Looks like a nice job. Wanna come over to my place?
    Paul A.

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    Very nice... but... Have the drawers got ball bearing runners ? And are the fronts and backs bracketed to the sides ?

    I'd be nervous about continually pulling out heavily laden drawers when the drawer front is screwed onto chipboard sides with only two screws on each side.

    Be realistic - you're going to pack those drawers with more than is sitting in them now.

    I find sheets of 1/8" steel laid on top of a good wood surface quite adequate for welding, and allows me even to clamp my vises where I want them rather than bolting them down. It also protects the wood from dragging saws and other kit over the surface.

    I've had some nice 4x4s waiting for a project. Nice, again !
    Richard

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