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Karl

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One of the first things I needed to get sorted in the 'shop was a new workbench - my old one was a couple of kitchen cabinets with MDF on the top.

So using some CND Maple and Beech which I had lying round, I made a start on the new bench. It's 2.4mtrs long, and 1.1mtrs deep (just about reach to the back of the bench).



On the end sections I went to town with pegged M&T's



But my enthusiasm waned somewhat, so the front rails were just glued and screwed to the rear of the front legs. :roll:

Top is made up 3 sheets of 18mm mdf - i'll be lipping this with some AWO. Front vice is the Veritas twin screw model off my old bench, and i'll put some dog holes in the top when it's all done.

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After it's been lipped, I'd put on a sheet of sacrificial exterior grade hardboard, stuck down with strips of strong d/s carpet tape or similar. The exterior grade is far superior to the fluffy interior stuff and much under rated IMO...bearing cut with a router once it's stuck down - Rob
 

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Karl, that's a wood gloat, followed by a tool gloat, followed by a space gloat!

It looks a seriously useful bench. 8 foot long with space all round!
How do you like the big twin-screw vice?

(I'm not so impressed by the grey and green storage box, but I did notice it!)
 

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Rob - the top sheet of MDF is replaceable - it's just held in place with 6 screws. So if it gets that scuffed up that it needs replacing, it's an easy and cheap fix.

Andy - I think you're seeing things - no Festool stuff in my 'shop. Yet. But the 'shop is a nice space - main shop is 50' x 25'. The saw in the 2nd pic is one by Pedder & Klaus (got them about 2 years ago). The Veritas is ok, but it isn't the q/r version which I believe Paul C has, so is a bit labourious. It clamps up really well, and the clearance between the screws is adjustable (subject to chain changeover), which is useful. But on reflection I wouldn't get it again if I had a choice (I bought it about 10 years ago when it was much cheaper.

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Karl":2iugmcxu said:
Rob - the top sheet of MDF is replaceable - it's just held in place with 6 screws. So if it gets that scuffed up that it needs replacing, it's an easy and cheap fix.

Karl
Sounds like a good plan Karl :wink: Without getting into the egg sucking dept, I've just re-surfaced my bench and I then waxed it so that any glue/crud/cr*p just lifts of with the touch of an old cabinet scraper. The hardboard covered assembly bench is also waxed which makes cleaning up after a complicated glue-up equally as easy...but you knew all that already :lol: - Rob
 

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