I have a very small shop - 365cm x 335cm (12’ x 11’). So fitting all the necessary tools and equipment is a challenge. This article is documenting my effort in building a useful workbench that would fit into my workshop. This is work in progress.
First of all, the requirements. The bench should:
- be small
- include a vise and/or other work holding options
- act as an outfeed table for my table saw (i.e. have an adjustable height)
- act as an assembly table (stay flat and square)
- incorporate a router table
- provide plenty of storage
- be mobile
This is a lot of features to fit in a single small workbench. So naturally some compromises will need to be made. Below is the current design of the bench:
As you can see, the bench incorporates a router table and a number of full-extension drawers. Drawers are going to be made out of 19 mm (3/4”) plywood with 12 mm (1/2”) plywood bottoms. Each drawer will be able to hold about 45 kg (~100 lb) of stuff.
The top will be constructed as a torsion box to prevent sagging and warping. The box will be made out of 12 mm (3/4”) MDF. It is going to be a fairly tall torsion box in order to fit the vise inside:
Workbench top will have a couple of T-tracks for attaching the router fence as well as holding work pieces. In addition to T-tracks, a miter slot will be added on the router side of the table. Finally, for an endless holding possibilities, number of 20 mm (3/4”) dog holes spaced 19 cm apart will be drilled in the top.
Opposite the router side, a simple cabinet vise will be mounted to the torsion box.
September 26, 2013
Feel free to comment on the post but keep it clean and on topic.comments powered by Disqus
Climber of rocks, maker of things, husband of wife and father of kids. Manage DevOps @SurveyMonkey. Views are my own, but damn they are good views!