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Started building a work bench tonight

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by HolyHandGrenade, May 31, 2014.

  1. May 31, 2014 at 8:16 PM
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    HolyHandGrenade

    HolyHandGrenade [OP] I'm not worthy...

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    Here's what I has for a work bench before. It's just two old tables that I found in the basement when we bought the house. They are different heights and widths, and are not heavy or bolted down. Thus, they are awkward and wobbly.

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    So, I moved them and started building a new one 8' wide x 26" deep

    I started by screwing an 8' 2x4 to the studs in the wall.

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    Then, since I wanted this bench to be rock solid, I screwed a second 2x4 though the first and right into the studs as well.

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    Next, back legs just to make sure it's not going anywhere.

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    Since I didn't want to loose my drawers, I made the new bench so the old would fit underneath. The old bench was too low and sitting on blocks, so it was perfect once it was sitting on the ground.

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    Then, I shot some nails through 2x4's into the concrete to work as platforms to attach the front legs to the floor. After that, I made front legs and another set of 8' 2x4's to go across the front.

    Once the font legs and cross pieces were installed, I added the 26" 2x4's the the top of the bench 6" on center.

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    On the right side I added an extra 2x4 as a place to mount a big vice.

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    This thing is rock solid. You can't budge it. I know a lot of it is overkill, but that's what I was going for...

    Tomorrow morning I'm going to put a 3/4" plywood top on and put a shelf on the empty side. After that, I guess I'll have to get back to working on the house...
     
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  2. Jun 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM
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    HolyHandGrenade

    HolyHandGrenade [OP] I'm not worthy...

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    Alright, I finished up the bench this morning.

    I screwed the top to every 2x4 across the top.

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    Built a shelf on the empty side.

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    Trimmed the gap in the front, Mounted the new vice and I thought I was done...

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    It just didn't look right, so I added a backstop. And, since I had some 3/4" left over from the top I made side panels for mounting tools and such.

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    So, for around $100 here it is all done and loaded up. That's without the vice of course.

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  3. Jun 2, 2014 at 9:54 AM
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    wileyC

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  4. Jun 2, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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    azreb

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    Lookin' Good!
     
  5. Jun 2, 2014 at 1:54 PM
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    DeeKay21

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    Looks great!! I bet its super sturdy too!! ;)
     
  6. Jun 2, 2014 at 6:46 PM
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    HolyHandGrenade

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    Thanks guys. It is sturdy, that's for sure!

    I even did my first project on it tonight. It's really nice to finally have a usable bench...

    I just threw this together out of scraps real quick:

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  7. Jun 4, 2014 at 7:43 AM
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    JaSkynyrd

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    Gotta love a good workbench.
     
  8. Jun 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM
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    is that a defrillbilutor kit there on the wall?
     
  9. Jun 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM
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    HolyHandGrenade

    HolyHandGrenade [OP] I'm not worthy...

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    Ha! You're the fist person to pick it out. Its just the case. I use it as a cabinet.
     
  10. Jun 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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    I kind of thought maybe you were just using it as a case but I had to ask..
     
  11. Jun 7, 2014 at 7:18 PM
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    HolyHandGrenade

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    Here it is inside. I thought it was the perfect place for safety equipment.

    The best part is that the alarm still works. It's a good laugh to turn it on and ask someone to get me my ear muffs! :D

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