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    Shop project planning... New Bench nearly complete

    Now that the Shop is filling up with stuff I've been thinking on several shop related projects which are NOT construction related.
    First up, I'm shy a router table, so I'm going to be adding one to the right extension of my table saw. I just lucked into a nice piece of laminated countertop which I am going to cut down to fit.

    Another project is to fit the cabinet I put in with shelving. I added one quick shelf today, but I want to plan the rest out a bit, and make them nicer than just a piece of 1/2" plywood. Tonight's shelf did allow me to clear off my workbench of several containers and tools though, so it stays until I gear up for the shelves project.

    Following those, I want to raise the 4 drawer cabinet a bit, as well as make a drill press stand out around it. Yesterday's counter top rescue netted three pieces, one large one which is now in Ralph's shop, and two smaller ones which I decided would be nice to have on hand here. One of which is a corner unit, I'm thinking that it would be pretty cool if I kept it as such and tucked the cabinet under it for drill paraphernalia and so forth.
    The counter is approximately 24" square complete with back splash sections, which might just work out nicely, since I'm planning on putting it in the corner anyway, and just pulling it out when I need to drill something large.

    and perhaps the largest project is that I'm going to modify one of my benches to be similar to the one which the fine woodworking shop manager designed:
    http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworki....aspx?id=28530 for a video of the bench, click there.

    he uses pipe clamps instead of a tail vice. I''ve got my face vise, so I'm going to have that on one end, and then the pipe clamps either behind it, or beside it, depending on how things work out.

    and for the sketchup clan :http://www.sawdustroad.com/Newfangled.skp and a second version with cutlist for 6' version http://www.sawdustroad.com/NewFangled-v2.skp

    this one might just go to the top of the list.
    Last edited by Ned Bulken; 04-18-2009 at 02:51 AM.
    -Ned

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    Today I headed up to Fulton and Grizz & I worked on my new-fangled workbench. We got nearly all of the boards cut to length, assembled a few of the pieces, & loaded the pieces back in my truck. I'm about 1/3 of the way through building the bench. I have to glue up three boards, & do some assembly. I also have to go buy 4 pieces of 3/4 in Galvanized pipe, as well as a sheet of 3/4" MDF. Once I do that, I've got to drill a couple of holes in two of the pipe clamps, to secure them to the end of the bench, then drill all of the holes for the pipes, the through holes for the main pipes, the 'trapped' holes to hold the vertical pieces, as well as the through holes to hold the eventual cross clamps.

    Here's a completed shot from one of several new fangled bench projects over on lumberjocks:

    I really like several aspects of this bench... #1 the price, it is made primarily from dimensional lumber and some MDF plus the clamps and a few lag bolts. #2 the versatility. I'm not much of a galoot, though I would like to try it, and the main lack that has stopped me has been a decent bench to work at. My workbenches up til this point have been useful for holding up projects, but not so much for doing hand work on.
    I decided that for my small shop, I would go with a 5' long bench, the depth will be 26" plus another 5 for the planing stop, but that's something I'll be adding in the upcoming weeks. I won't be assembling until at least this coming weekend, I have to either tear down one of my benches, and/or store the stack of sheetrock in a different spot. If can move that sheetrock, I can move my bandsaw across the shop to the 'power' wall, and then get that wall insulated with the remainder of the insulation I have on hand, and put up a couple of pieces of plywood over it. I'll have to see if the budget will allow me to pick up another roll of 4' reflectix. I havent' checked prices since last fall, but with the state of the economy, I can't believe it would have gone Down in price.
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    Looks like you have been busy. I like the looks of it. It seems that it would be great for glue ups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al killian View Post
    Looks like you have been busy. I like the looks of it. It seems that it would be great for glue ups.
    Al,
    Grizz was a Huge help today, but I still have a lot of assembly to do. That image is of another guy's bench, just to show what we're building.

    It should be great for glue ups, and for assembly of casework etc...
    -Ned

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    Shop project planning...

    Ned,

    That's going to be one nice bench. I'm keeping that idea for later, Thanks.

    One piece of advice on your pipe clamps, DON'T use galvanized pipe. Use plain "black iron" pipe. The jaws of the Jorgenson clamps will slip on the galvanizing and you can end up chasing them all up and down the pipe. Black iron just lets the jaw bite in enough to hold. We used those Jorgy 3/4" pipe clamps in fabricating frames for big vibrating conveyors back home, and tightened them with a 1" box wrench on the handles. After a while the handles were bent out of shape, but the clamp never slipped. I tried using galvanized for some personal clamps and learned quickly that even clamping wood the jaws slipped on the galvanizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Baideme View Post
    Ned,

    That's going to be one nice bench. I'm keeping that idea for later, Thanks.

    One piece of advice on your pipe clamps, DON'T use galvanized pipe. Use plain "black iron" pipe. The jaws of the Jorgenson clamps will slip on the galvanizing and you can end up chasing them all up and down the pipe. Black iron just lets the jaw bite in enough to hold. We used those Jorgy 3/4" pipe clamps in fabricating frames for big vibrating conveyors back home, and tightened them with a 1" box wrench on the handles. After a while the handles were bent out of shape, but the clamp never slipped. I tried using galvanized for some personal clamps and learned quickly that even clamping wood the jaws slipped on the galvanizing.

    Just a word to a friend.

    Aloha, Tony

    Tony,
    thanks for the reminder, I would have gotten the galvanized!

    I had a bunch of thoughts last night heading to bed, The plan of action is going to be:
    build the storage for the sheet goods and reclaim the northeast corner of the shop, then shuffle some tools around and 'gain' some floorspace. that way I can put in the new bench and not be tripping over it.

    At the moment, I'd say that should take me the rest of the month to accomplish, and most of April. LOL
    -Ned

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    Storage in progress...

    Well it isn't long term storage, call it Mid term storage...

    first a shot of my, er, Mark's ladder...


    general view of the shop




    2x4's bolted to joists


    2x8's bolted to 2x4's and screwed to support at the wall.

    and the stuff to be stored... (minus the benchtop piece)
    -Ned

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    Nice looking Ned but I'd like to make one comment. I think that I'd move the 2x4 hangers up to the top of the joist and put in a couple more bolts. It looks like you'll have the ability to over load that size of an area very quickly. JMHO but I tend to over build when in doubt. Gee that sounds like Larry's line
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    Royall,

    I'll do my best to not overload it.But if it comes right down to it, I'll happily run a 2x6 right across the shop to help support things. I'm not planning on putting that much up there in the end... 3 or 4 sheets of drywall max, the rest can find other homes.

    And I will Not be putting any plywood up there, the stuff I have left over from the shop build will be put to use on the walls themselves, and any new sheet goods will be broken down as it comes into the shop on a per project basis.


    ps. as for the bolts.. you dont' think 2 3/8" bolts per board will hold that much weight?
    -Ned

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    Some suggestions

    first of all ned,, you should look at whats taking up the most space now in your shop and look where you want that to be at.. then make it go there if it means taking your lumber up in yourt loft area then do so.. you need to make room to work on your shop projects,, there is nothing worse than moving one thing form here to there to get that what your after... and another thing to look at is how or what can put under this to make all the space avaible used to its best potential. when you are restricted in space every nook and cranny needs to be utilized..
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