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    Does a hole in the top of a bench qualify?

    One of the handiest things in my shop is a hole, that's right a hole.

    About 20 years ago, I built the bench shown below leaving a supported hole in the top.

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    That hole comes in really handy for lots of things such as cutting patterns with a jig saw. I drilled some ĺ inch holes in the bench top for use with Veritas hold-down clamps so that I can more easily clamp work over the hole.
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 11-03-2006 at 08:43 AM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Neat idea, I put holes in my bench by accident

    I guess you could even put a small trash can under that to collect the chunks and dust

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
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    I guess you could even put a small trash can under that to collect the chunks and dust
    I did that. I built a small rectangular bin out of plywood that fits loosely into the whole and collects stuff that falls from above.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Frank,
    Iíve admired that hole in your bench since you posted it in another watershed.

    About 25 years ago I built a 4 ft, x 8 ft bench with a 2 ft square hole centered on one half. I used the bench for oxy acetylene cutting and electric welding. I think I will incorporate a narrow hole like you have done in my next bench.

    Good idea.

    Frank Chaffee

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    Frank,

    How often do you have to pull one of your tools out of the box? or do you have a cover for it when not in use? Looks like a good thing, cutting over the edge can be a pain.

    Ken

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    Ken, I can see why you would think that would be a problem, but the answer is that very seldom have I droipped anything down the hole. It does not have a cover.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Frank, that is an ingenious idea! Seems to me that most of the good ones are "why didn't I think of that?" dead simple...

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    Thanks Rick. Yep it's so simple that it is almost ingenious. Most things like this I steal from someone else but every now and then I come up with something myself.
    Cheers, Frank

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    I remember years ago Andy Griffith doing a comedy routine about buying a new pair of shoes that hurt his foot in one spot and so he just cut a hole in the shoe where it hurt. He said that the hole was the best part of the whole shoe.

    Looks like that you are just a smart as he is. Just cut a hole where it needs to be. Could be the best part of the whole bench.

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    Good analogy Allen! Thanks, and I think that it is the best part of the bench.
    Cheers, Frank

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