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post #1 of 30 Old 02-22-2017, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hobby workbench.

When I bought this house about a dozen years ago they had left an old computer desk in the garage.It was in sad shape having seen water. I fixed it up as best I could and added drawers from a dresser that my daughter had when she was a kid. They were leftover after I turned the dresser into a china cabinet when she went away to college. So that desk/table had been sitting in the little room where I build my models and where I keep the house tools. This winter, we had a aewer backup so it saw water again, except this time it was dirty. So I have to build a new one. Here is the old one.
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My previous work bench was a solid core door cut to fit my frame. Solid as a rock. I got the door from the Habitat ReStore for under $10.

Later I added a fold down extension to make it wider. I have built a lot of projects on that bench including our kitchen cabinets.

If you can find one, it would make a great top for your new bench.
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I really liked that line at the beginning of American Restoration.

"Look at a mans workbench. You see his passions. His works in progress. The things that drive him crazy. Projects that...you get the point. Anyway, every workbench tells a story. And this is ours."
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It'll be built in 3 chunks, first the drawer box, then the table end, and finally the top.The drawer box carcase will be made out of oak plywood which used to be in a church pew. The side panels were stripped on one side only and will be refinbished. the back panel and the "in" side of the side panels will stay as is.
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The upper and lower front stretchers are leftover ash from the other day's staircase and the corner cleats are church pew oak.
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The original drawers were only 13" deep. Using the old drawer fronts and some melamine scraps I made them 22" deep.
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Added a strip of oak to the front edges of the side panels and cut them down to size.
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Looking good, man. Keep the pics coming. Don't be shy. We like to read the pics!!!
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Here is a better photo of my orignal swaybacked creation.
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These will become the drawer fronts.
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Drawer box is done. Turns out the idiot who built it allowed the 1/2 inch for the drawer slides but only at one end. So I told him it would be likely easier to shorten the drawers.
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LOL Just can't get good help these days.
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LOL Just can't get good help these days.
Yup. I'm going to have to look for skilled help.
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The first shortened drawer fits. So the method I used works. We can now proceed.
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Drawers are in. With and without flash. I think there will be a lot of sanding required. This is extremely hard wood.
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The first shortened drawer fits. So the method I used works. We can now proceed.
That is always a good feeling.
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The table end is done. I was planning to either round off the corners of the legs or cove them. I remembered once they were glued and screwed in place. Has nothing to do with age.
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Laminating offcuts & remnants to make the top. Used some wooden handles we found in a plastic bag. Neither I or my wife remembers where we got them.
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I just realized that the only drawers i have in my shop are in my metal craftsman tool chest and not much other than chisels, wrenches and screwdrivers really fit in it. I keep telling myself to build some drawers, but I never can seem to find the right place to put them. I think I've mentioned ripping out the old 2x4 and plywood bench and replacing it (about 90 times now) and its still there still taking up entirely too much space. Once I figure out what to do with all the crap I have jambed underneath it my next big project will be ripping it out and building a bench with drawers to stow stuff worth actually keeping. First I need to pray to the motivational gods to inspire me..
Nice work there landman..I now have storage drawer envy.

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
Impressive, huh?
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Started gluing up the strips end to end using every available clamp. It was my first time using the finger joint bit since it had rearranged three of my fingertips a few years ago. That fear is still there.
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