Workbench ideas needed.

highwaycat

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I have a table that’s 4x3 feet at wrist height and store most tools below in a chest and stacked to the side.
I’m hoping I can make room for machines but using them outside might be best.
Does anyone have any luck using an island workbench?
One idea is to have a standard island bench 3 feet by 18 inch with a separate vise stand next to it.

I’ve been stacking jigs to increase height and got some threaded rod that I plan on building a neck jig into the bench, as well as raising/lowering pieces to elbow or desired height.
I got a hand screw clamp to raise pieces too.

How would you do a limited space setup? I could possibly store machines inside but would use them outside.
 

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Limited space… I feel the pain on that. I’m using a portion of my ex wife’s garage. Well it was my place but… well I had to move all my stuff except a few things in the garage I got to leave and visit…. Anyway. I do what you’re saying in that I have a work bench that is a table top from an old wooden desk top from the 50’s. Like 3 feet by four feet. The vise I have is attached to the lathe table and all machines except the lathe have to be drug just outside the garage to be able to use. The contractors style table saw is used outside then put back then a jointer is hefted outside to use then put back ect… I think locking castors would be a good upgrade for sure. My thoughts are that the work bench should try to be in the same spot and stable but be able to move everything else as needed.
 

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I work in a 1 car garage. What helped me was to build a main workbench along one wall with storage towers to either side. I then use a mobile workbench (commercial countertop clamped to a workmate) for anything else. It's all about efficient use of space.

Here's my workbench/storage wall. You can see my router/template station toward the left.

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At the bottom right of my workbench is my slide-out solder station.
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And on the right side of my workbench is my speed shelf — a phrase I adopted from my time working in a pharmacy. The speed shelf was located at the counting area and held the most commonly prescribed meds (amoxicillin, etc). So my guitar speed shelf hold all the things I need quick access to and use often enough to not have them stored in a drawer somewhere.

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And here's my machine/wood storage wall. The trick here is to position machines so that you can share work surfaces. So my drill press table can adjust down to match my RAS work surface so I can work with longer boards.

And I have some machines on wheeled bases so I can move them around as needed.

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I work in a 1 car garage. What helped me was to build a main workbench along one wall with storage towers to either side. I then use a mobile workbench (commercial countertop clamped to a workmate) for anything else. It's all about efficient use of space.

Here's my workbench/storage wall. You can see my router/template station toward the left.

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At the bottom right of my workbench is my slide-out solder station.
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And on the right side of my workbench is my speed shelf — a phrase I adopted from my time working in a pharmacy. The speed shelf was located at the counting area and held the most commonly prescribed meds (amoxicillin, etc). So my guitar speed shelf hold all the things I need quick access to and use often enough to not have them stored in a drawer somewhere.

44621209140_e141845605_b.jpg


And here's my machine/wood storage wall. The trick here is to position machines so that you can share work surfaces. So my drill press table can adjust down to match my RAS work surface so I can work with longer boards.

And I have some machines on wheeled bases so I can move them around as needed.

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Mam Roger! You've definitely done a great job maximizing space, and managed to keep it tidy in the process!
 

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I got a workbench from harbor freight.
This should make more room.
I’m ditching the long table although it’s served me well.
I’m still shuffling things around.
My bed is just a couple feet away..
Maybe I can fit a router table in there.
 

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Whether a bench is an "island" or whatever, in the size you need or can fit, just be sure to make it sturdy and stable so when you do work on it, it stays put. The more planted it is, the less it will fight you. There's a lot of force that gets applied when one uses some hand-tools, for example. Mass is helpful in that respect, not just for the top but also for whatever the supporting structure is. When space is constrained, you can build a smaller workbench with the same "beef" as a much larger one. I'm also a fan of adjustable height work surfaces but that does add to the cost for those who want to do the same. (I use Noden Adjust-A-Bench hardware for that)
 

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Horses for courses. If you’re building furniture then a central assembly table is useful. For most of us who are building guitars and similar sized items side benches are better. My workshop is 3m by 4m, so less than a single garage. Rather than have tools on the bench I‘ve chosen to have a floor standing pillar drill, bandsaw, planer/joiner and table saw. These are all on dolly’s, each with four braked wheels, and I move them around like a game of solitaire. The other thing I have in my shop is a chest freezer. Despite using up floor space it has the benefit of always being clear when I want to put something down. It also keeps the workshop condensation free, and minimises rust on my tools.
 

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For ultimate flexibility in limited space, build a sturdy workbench on wheels (2" all-steel casters).

You can make the base and lower shelf support from 2x4 stud lumber. Use glue and deck screws for assembly. For the top, use a glued-up double layer of 3/4" MDF.

This is my shop in a one-car garage. I have just about every tool I need to do woodworking, carpentry, welding/metal fabrication, electrical/electronics, and mechanical. I have four rolling benches/cabinets and they're all at the same top height so I can put them together to support large projects. The high bench in the back over the woodworking bench is mounted to the wall. It's at elbow height when I'm standing, because it makes close-vision work a cinch. No hunching over a desktop to see small stuff.

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I was able to make a lot of room, I’m keeping the work table too.
I’m still shuffling cleaning/vacuuming so excuse the mess.
I’ll make an outside workbench as well.
I’ll make covers for the bench as suggested in another thread.
This bench is solid for filling. The only movement is from the carpet, I can lay down some wood to stabilize further if I wanted to.
I’ll be making wooden platforms to stand on so I can achieve different work heights.
I have 3 or 4 neck jigs with different uses.
I’ll be making a small lightweight version soon.
But I need recommendations for t rail and a swivel mount.
The swivel mount in the picture is too stiff, it’s for desks.
The 2x4 will have t rail.
I also wanna mount lights.
Also will have to make a vise stand.

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A small neck jig is born.
I true up a 32 inch 2x4.
Next I’ll glue the top. Just need a rail system. I don’t install dials.
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