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  #2545485 20-Aug-2020 17:39
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Champion, thank you!

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  #2546891 21-Aug-2020 10:46
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Nice job. Those laminated pine tops are really good value!



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  #2546934 21-Aug-2020 11:39
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This thread makes me feel particularly emasculated...


All I have is one of these:




I got the Bosch one from payment for jury duty a few years back. It's useful to do stuff that won't fit on the indoors workbench or will create too much mess/cause breathing problems, I can carry it outside, do whatever needs to be done, and pack it back inside again with the mess/fumes left outdoors.
Yeah mine's been out on the lawn, used in the garage and brought into the's really handy and is often used as a bench/vice combo but man it pales by comparison to the beast this thread is about. 

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  #2547923 23-Aug-2020 07:51
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Love the OP’s bench — beautifully built - what a great set-up.


I’m a keen DIY’er and home handyman with a decent collection of hand and power tools. I’ve always felt the need for workshop or at least a workbench and have had a bench in the various houses we have lived in.


When we bought a new home a few years ago, the two-car garage was OK but modest in size. It had a wardrobe-type cupboard at the end (first photo). At first glance no obvious space for a workshop. The problem was - what to do with my tools?


Removed the cupboard doors and fitted the space out with various off-the-shelf Melamine cupboards and drawer units (made by Cabjaks in Auckland) to accommodate all the tools. The upper cupboards and the drawer units are quite deep so I have more volume than it appears. Limited scrap material storage on top of the cupboards.


Then built a bench to fit in and around the floor-standing units. The bench is fine in situ for small jobs but if more workspace is needed, it can be trundled out into the garage area. It has a pair of lockable castors on the two rear legs. Similar in concept to the OP’s but on a much-reduced scale. The bench might look a bit puny but it’s strong with dowelled, screwed and glued joints - and I'm not going to be assembling Bailey bridges on it.


When the bench is in place, a hinged vertical panel forms the LH side of the enclosure and can be swung back to give better access to the vice - which had to be on the end of the bench for space-saving reasons.


To the right of the bench area I installed some open Melamine shelf units, then closed the entire area off with three sliding doors - encroaching a little into the garage compared to the original doors.













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  #2548760 24-Aug-2020 14:48
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Very nice.


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