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Post  Dan Wed 19 Oct 2011, 12:35 pm

I am going to build a workbench and have looked online for free plans. There are loads of options. My main consideration though is how much it can support. I want to put my 3" engine on it over winter so it needs to hold ~150kg (330lbs). Here's a plan from Lowes but I don't think it's going to be up to the weight...

http://www.lowes.com/cd_Build+a+Workbench_692759023_

Does anyone have any better ideas?

Thanks!
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Post  lynnr Wed 19 Oct 2011, 1:57 pm

Our bench is 4x4 uprights with 2x4 cross beams and the top is 4x1 plank.
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Post  Dan Wed 19 Oct 2011, 4:29 pm

OK so very similar to the modifications I was thinking of making i.e. 4X4 uprights but with 2 layers of 9mm ply on the top. Plus I'm going to leave one of the side ledges off so that I can wheel my towing trolley underneath it.

I guess I go ahead and make it and then see how it stands up to 300lbs+!
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Post  Robfishman Wed 19 Oct 2011, 10:57 pm

I went for 75x75 legs with 75x38 cross members. On top I use 18mm ply with a kitchen worktop fixed on top. Also have an upstand to back sides so nothing can fall down the back. At 3m long gives me plenty of space to lay down parts for cleaning and fabrication. In my case it was using what I had in store so have the leg frames at about 750mm centres for added support.
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Post  craig@STW Thu 20 Oct 2011, 8:05 am

maybe our next kit should be a work bench !!!! lol! lol!
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Post  lynnr Thu 20 Oct 2011, 9:23 am

craig@STW wrote:maybe our next kit should be a work bench !!!! lol! lol!

To scale? would fit my youngling who is training to be a steam padawan.
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Post  mikero Thu 20 Oct 2011, 6:07 pm

I would go for lengths of decking as a top, get the 28 mm thick stuff. Cover this with hardboard rough side up, much cheaper than thick plywood.

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Post  Dan Thu 20 Oct 2011, 6:24 pm

mikero wrote:I would go for lengths of decking as a top, get the 28 mm thick stuff. Cover this with hardboard rough side up, much cheaper than thick plywood.

Mike

Decking is a good idea, thanks. But why hardboard rough side up? I can see that going 'fluffy' if you see what I mean scratch
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Post  MrStationHouse Thu 20 Oct 2011, 9:15 pm

I really wouldn't think hardboard would be man enough at all. OSB if you have to go cheap. The hassle is all in the making, my view is make well so you don't have to do it again!

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Post  mikero Thu 20 Oct 2011, 9:46 pm

It a sacrificial surface. Its going to get knocked about and covered in oil, but it is non-slip and wont damage your carefully buffed up metalwork.

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Post  Dan Fri 21 Oct 2011, 12:36 pm

I see what you are getting at. I've got some spare hardboard so will experiment on surfaces once I've put it all together. All the hardware is ready to go now, just got to pick up the timber after my week in the Norfolk Broads Smile Thanks for all the advice!
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Post  Dan Sat 12 Nov 2011, 9:08 pm

Well finally the workshop is finished. Bench too! So I've married them together....

The new workshop is in the corner of the garage with a false wall so whatever I build in there can be rolled out when finished...

Building a workbench IMG_3709

Here's the false wall....

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And here is the bench. It's bloody sturdy. Needs a shim in the back left but up against the wall it doesn't move cheers

Oh and it's such a small room I've had to use a silly wide lens cyclops

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Now for some shelving. But it's too late now, will do it in the morning after remembrance service.

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