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Tradiepro
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Work bench ideas

Hi guys, I am new to this and wanted to build a workbench for basi everyday things to carving spear guns and doing wood work and I wanted to build a workbench soon so I can start selling my spear guns again has anyone got any ideas of what to do 

kel
Experienced Contributor

Re: Work bench ideas

hi @Tradiepro

for a quick workbench,weld up a steel table frame using 3mm,inch tube.rectangular top,leg height to suit you and brace the legs then just screw  on a top.which could be mdf,chipboard or an old door.the top can be sacrificial,that way you can screw into it when clamping projects etc and renew when necessary.

once you have this,then you can think about designing and building a proper workbench to suit your specific needs.

my main work bench is made from 4x4 for the legs,4x2 for the framing and garden sleepers for the top which are bolted to the frame and  were leveled with a plane.i made 3 drawers  added a woodwork vice and a shelf underneath to store my tablesaw etc and doors to keep the sawdust out.i have a bench grinder bolted to one end and my drill press up the other end,as you can imagine,it is very stable.i get a lot of use out of both benches but i do most of my projects on the smaller bench due to its sacrifical top.if i want to rout something that i can't clamp down ,i just screw scrapboards around it to the table to hold the piece in place,anyway,thers a couple ideas for you.

cheers kel

 

Brad
Valued Contributor

Re: Work bench ideas

I have a Kreg style bench under construction and I am looking at making an Armor style bench as a downdraft sanding and routing table. At least adding the dust collection box underneath will save me the $90 postage on Kreg dog clamps that have a adaptor to screw up under the table.

 

 

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Work bench ideas

Hi @Tradiepro,

 

Welcome to Workshop. It's great to have you with us and joining in the discussion. I'm sure the community will give you lots of great advice and inspiration for this project and many others in future. 

 

Here's some previous Workshop posts that you might be interested in taking a look at:

 

 

 

 

You might also find some inspiration from this Bunnings project - D.I.Y. portable workbench. I will also embed the video below.

 

Hope you find the links useful. 

 

Jason

 

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Kermit
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Re: Work bench ideas

Brad
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Re: Work bench ideas

Seems Festool owners have trouble working out how to use the dogs in the holes in their tables so a company has found a way to get people to part with their money.

 

 

Brad
Valued Contributor

Re: Work bench ideas

More useful but you are limited to 20mm holes at 96mm centres.

 

My router rail will do ero style holes at 32mm centres in any hole size you can find a bit for. 19mm at 96mm works for me.

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Work bench ideas

Hi @Tradiepro,

 

Just wondering how you are going with your workbench project. 

 

You might be interested in this recent post - https://www.workshop.com.au/t5/Garage-and-Shed/Solid-workbench/td-p/17073

 

Please let us know if you need a hand with anything.

 

Jason

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