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  • Finished my new bench

    Made a bench for my Atlas/Craftsman. It's 19" x 72" and has a 1.25" plywood top on 2x4 joists on 8" centers. The legs are 4x4s.

    Bloggy Goodness


  • #2
    That looks as if it will just about do the job! Are you going to celebrate and give it a coat of paint, (or two or three?)
    Duffy, Gatineau, Quebec

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    • #3
      Not trying to change your design or give your more to consider, but what about leveling? Are you planning on adding adjustable feet so that it can be leveled or is it built perfectly level in place? ;-)
      "Work hard. Tell everyone everything you know. Close a deal with a handshake. Have fun!"

      -- Harold "Doc" Edgerton

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      • #4
        What a great looking bench Tony, and built for what ever you want to put on it!

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        • #5
          How about some shelves and drawers to hold all the stuff that goes with the lathe? Some long and narrow shelves above and some drawers below would be the greatest.

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          • #6
            You don't need adjustable feet to level it, just trim some off the legs till it's right.

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            • #7
              Looks Nice and sturdy.
              Add sway braces and a lower shelf and it is party ready.
              K Liv

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Robin R
                You don't need adjustable feet to level it, just trim some off the legs till it's right.
                By the time he has it level it might be a bench rather than a table!
                Location: The Black Forest in Germany

                How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Robin R
                  You don't need adjustable feet to level it, just trim some off the legs till it's right.
                  By the time he has it level it might be a bench rather than a table!
                  Location: The Black Forest in Germany

                  How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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                  • #10
                    Tony

                    The guys are right about a few shelves for tooling. Much easier just to reach down and grab the next tool bit, or drill chuck

                    Also might want to consider a piece of nicely stained finish plywood about 18 - 24" tall for a "Back-splash". when your threading you'll be squirting lots of WD-40 all over the work, and then when you change to a higher speed for the next op, the WD-40 goes all over the wall

                    ask me how I know that

                    I got pictures

                    Joe

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                    • #11
                      Thanks all. I'm still considering some bracing on the back side. Paint? Maybe the apron. Maybe. Shelves or shelves? Almost a certainty. I'll level the bench by inserting shims under the legs.

                      You can't quite see it but the bench does not go to the wall - there's a considerable gap due to the motor's placement. I'm considering adding an light duty extension to the top just to keep things from rolling onto the floor.

                      I'm also considering moving the motor so it's under the bench.

                      I need a splash guard even through the wall has a stripe already.

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