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Jehannum 03-14-2013 04:45 PM

New workbench time
 
I'm building a new workbench. I have a trifecta of reasons for doing so: 1) my 2x4/4x4 combo bench keeps getting rifled through (as you can see [url=http://moksha.homelinux.org/gallery2/v/Home/Yard/IMG_0843.JPG.html]here[/url], it's in front of the house) and I want something with locking doors, 2) it's a proof of concept that, if successful, will show that I'm capable of replacing the shit cabinets I have in the kitchen, and 3) I get to use it as an excuse to buy more tools, which is a win all around.

That said, I've started construction. It will be a 4-gang cabinet bench, and I'm constructing it out of maple ply and 1x2 (and a certain amount of 1x4). It'll be 108" long (4x27" cabs).

Progress so far has been sufficient to show that I need a new circular saw. My black & decker pecker wrecker is truly not up to the task, so I've ordered a Hitachi C7BMR and I'll go get an Irwin Marathon finishing blade to go with it. The cross-cuts using the B&D are pathetic and splintery, even with a decent blade, plus the shoe must be bent in some way, as the cuts aren't true 90°. Even so, I've got two usable cabinets out of the effort:

This one is finished save for one final coat of spar urethane on the front (yes, my miter saw is sitting on top of it, along with a makeshift benchtop).
[img]http://moksha.homelinux.org/gallery2/d/33780-1/DSC_0001+1.JPG[/img]

This one isn't quite right - I've got some planing to do to make it true.
[img]http://moksha.homelinux.org/gallery2/d/33783-1/DSC_0002.JPG[/img]

This weekend, I'm going to do the drawers, since I can't cut anything serious, and I want to try out my new [url=http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-PR20EVSK-1-Horsepower-Fixed-Base-Variable-Speed/dp/B000ANQHTA]Bosch Colt[/url] to cut the dadoes and dovetails for the drawers.

As another proof of concept, I'm thinking of casting the bench top in concrete, since that's what the wife wants for the new kitchen counters. I'm thinking 3 or 4" thick, with rebar 1' on center through the work. Only bummer is that I'll have to get the vise placement correct on the first try. :lol:

lollersk8s 03-14-2013 05:02 PM

Dude having a workbench and rollaways in front of the house seems like a bad idea even in the best neighborhood :wtf:

SamFarber 03-14-2013 05:08 PM

[QUOTE=lollersk8s;25143994]Dude having a workbench and rollaways in front of the house seems like a bad idea even in the best neighborhood :wtf:[/QUOTE]

Yeah. And equally low-class in the worst.

Jehannum 03-14-2013 05:09 PM

[QUOTE=lollersk8s;25143994]Dude having a workbench and rollaways in front of the house seems like a bad idea even in the best neighborhood :wtf:[/QUOTE]

It's the best place to work - concrete floor and easy car access.

The rollaway is shackled to the bench, and the box on top is bolted there. They aren't an issue.

I've got several tubs underneath of random stuff (mostly car detailing stuff, but also consumables for painting) that get rifled through fairly regularly. Nothing's been taken except my floor jack (and now I lock that to the bench too).

Jehannum 03-14-2013 05:12 PM

[QUOTE=SamFarber;25143999]Yeah. And equally low-class in the worst.[/QUOTE]

Oh no, the racist has called me low class.

Would you say I'm... untermensch?

At least I'm going to class it up with decent cabinetry.

Jas101 03-15-2013 01:02 PM

have you got a decent sized storage space?

why not make a large rolling workbench on air tires, that you wheel (drag) out when you need it? same deal on cabinets. big wheels that you can push out, electric in one, wood in another, etal in another etc.

just an idea....

hate to see you make a nice bench that could get raped at the drop of a hat.

concrete top doesnt sound like a good idea either. its a bastard to get smooth(ditto level), so unless youre going to spend serious time, money and effort to polish that fucker you wont be able to work nice materials on it.

edit:

Model 62 WAR WAGONŽ Rolling Work Bench

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/lt0ue7k.jpg[/IMG]

like this, only bigger

RazorWind 03-15-2013 01:09 PM

[QUOTE=Jehannum;25144002]Oh no, the racist has called me low class.

Would you say I'm... untermensch?

At least I'm going to class it up with decent cabinetry.[/QUOTE]

He's right, though. Leaving a toolbox out on the front porch is like, SUPER tacky.

Edit: The concrete top sounds awesome, though. I'd just like, put it in the garage.

Jehannum 03-15-2013 01:31 PM

[QUOTE=RazorWind;25144210]He's right, though. Leaving a toolbox out on the front porch is like, SUPER tacky.

Edit: The concrete top sounds awesome, though. I'd just like, put it in the garage.[/QUOTE]

I don't have a garage (my house had the single stall garage converted to the master bed/bath in 1978), and the box is (currently) hidden in a small alcove formed by my chimney - not visible from the curb. The current bench is a total eyesore, and I want to change that, for sure. Maybe even give myself a place to hide the floor jack away.

I'd love to do the wheels idea, except that a concrete top (a requirement) is going to weigh about 800 lbs (11 bags of concrete, lol), and I'm not entirely sure that I could find casters that support that kind of weight.

[QUOTE=Jas101;25144206]have you got a decent sized storage space?[/quote]

No. I don't.

[quote]concrete top doesnt sound like a good idea either. its a bastard to get smooth(ditto level), so unless youre going to spend serious time, money and effort to polish that fucker you wont be able to work nice materials on it.[/QUOTE]

I'm willing to put the time in polishing it, and it needn't be too bad. There's a quikrete product for counter tops with relatively low slump, and flat and level is all a function of good screeding and mold building, so I think it's a doable proposition. I've already had to flatten a few spots in a walkway using a diamond wheel on my angle grinder.

RazorWind 03-15-2013 01:45 PM

[QUOTE=Jehannum;25144214]I'd love to do the wheels idea, except that a concrete top (a requirement) is going to weigh about 800 lbs (11 bags of concrete, lol), and I'm not entirely sure that I could find casters that support that kind of weight.[/QUOTE]

Something like this?
[url]http://www.harborfreight.com/8-inch-cushion-tire-swivel-caster-46818.html[/url]

Weight rating is per caster. Four of those would give you a capacity of almost a ton.

Jehannum 03-15-2013 01:52 PM

[QUOTE=RazorWind;25144215]Something like this?
[url]http://www.harborfreight.com/8-inch-cushion-tire-swivel-caster-46818.html[/url]

Weight rating is per caster. Four of those would give you a capacity of almost a ton.[/QUOTE]

The point is really moot anyhow - I could possibly roll it into the back yard, but that would do nobody any good, and my tools would get rusty from the automatic sprinklers.

IcW@teR 03-15-2013 01:55 PM

You could plastidip the concrete for the ultimate surface

Jehannum 03-15-2013 02:00 PM

[QUOTE=IcW@teR;25144218]You could plastidip the concrete for the ultimate surface[/QUOTE]

:waffles:

I was thinking of casting some ivy leaf into the working surface to give it that "rustic" feel. :lol:

I should mention that I'm planning on moving all of my tools into the new bench. It'll have nicer hardware and smoother action than the craftsman chest I have now. edit: and the craftsman chest can move into the garden shed, off the car pad.

mikeawesome1 03-15-2013 02:14 PM

[QUOTE=Jehannum;25144217]The point is really moot anyhow - I could possibly roll it into the back yard, but that would do nobody any good, and my tools would get rusty from the automatic sprinklers.[/QUOTE]


lol theres barely any green grass in your yard. looks like a dirt pit

Jehannum 03-15-2013 02:20 PM

[QUOTE=mikeawesome1;25144220]lol theres barely any green grass in your yard. looks like a dirt pit[/QUOTE]

It's not quite the end of winter yet. I only turned the sprinklers back on last weekend.

Jehannum 03-20-2013 07:17 PM

Fixed the other base drawer cabinet, started on it with the spar urethane.
[img]http://moksha.homelinux.org/gallery2/d/33797-3/DSC_0002_001.JPG[/img]

Full extension ball bearing drawer slides:
[img]http://moksha.homelinux.org/gallery2/d/33800-3/DSC_0003.JPG[/img]

I've got the top drawer done, but am waiting on the rear brackets for the slides (they were out of stock at woodworker's supply).


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