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Folks,

I got into woodworking last October, when I started on a new workbench for the garage. I found that working with wood and tools was a lot of fun.

Attached are photos from when I first started until yesterday when I completed the router table.

Any comments, suggestions would be welcome.

-Fred:cool:
 

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Hey, Fred; welcome! No criticism, just curious...how come the wood duckboards? If for comfort only, wouldn't rubber matting have been easier?
You'll be hearing comments 'suggesting' you implement dust control sooner rather than later... :)
 

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Yes some interesting decisions here. First thanx's Dan, never heard of duck boards, even so, agree with you.

My question for you Fred is, what is the idea behind the board containing the router bits etc. on the front of the bench? Looks in the way to me but that is just my still learning brain in gear.
 

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You have come a long way, Fred.

Now we need to see table saws, band saws. and saw dust.......LOL.

I agree with the comments regarding dust collection.
 

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My question for you Fred is, what is the idea behind the board containing the router bits etc. on the front of the bench?
That's what I'm wondering. Looks like a good way to get hurt.
 

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fstella,

To me it looks like a good beginning for a new be, I do remember what some of my first projects looked like and how many times I changed things around after seeing that what I thought was a good ideal, to see later maybe it was not, like the bits location here, lol, you poke yourself a few time and you move them, lol

I don't remember ever hearing of some one doing it right the first time or even after a 100 times as one can always see or how to make it even better, what I do know is that doing it your way and learning is always the right way of doing, just do one thing always, do it in the safest way you can and every time, learn for your mistakes and listen to what people say with an open mind, not how they say it, you can always get something good out of something bad, lol

Now those boards on the floor, off the ground, that to me is a no no, why, cause I did the same thing way back when, got hurt several times when I forgot there was a step or my kids tripped while playing in the area, I would try to keep the floor always the same level every where,

Like I said, you seem to be thinking on what you want and it looks like you planned to make changes if you need to,

Just me thinking out loud again,

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Hi Fred..

I see a couple of things. The very first thing that caught my eye was the board on the front edge of the bench to hold bits, etc. That would last about 10 minutes on one of my benches. If you haven't already, you're going to be putting something on the bench, and it's going to hit and break one of the bits. Or you will drag one of our prized, finished projects across one, and damage the fine finish job on it. More importantly, you are going to rip your arm open when you reach across the bits, and hit one. If you like the idea of having the board for bit storage, take it off the front, and move it to the top of the bench, and back against the wall.

The next thing I see is the pegboard behind the bench. Pegboard is a great storage option. But it appears to me, that your's needs a little bit of organization. Take everything off. Lay ONLY the tools and items that you use most often on top of you bench, and then hang ONLY THOSE items on the pegboard in some kind of orderly manner. Once you have them where you want them, draw around each item with a marker. That will tell you at a glance, if something is not in it's proper place. Then take the items that are left over, and store them in plastic totes in that big open space under your bench. Write the contents of the totes on the outside with a marker.

Another idea for the space under your bench is to go to yard sales, Habitat for Humanity or some other place, and get some cheap, cheap, cheap cabinets, and slide them in there. All of the benches in my shop have reclaimed kitchen cabinets under them. And not one of them cost me a penny. I merely posted on my Facebook page that if anyone was doing a kitchen remodel, to let me know, and I would take the old cabinets off their hands. No, they don't all match. And yes, I had to repair some of them. But I have lots of storage space, and my work space is clean and clutter free.

I agree with the others who say to get rid of the walk board in front of your bench. It is a safety hazard, and difficult to clean around and under.

Finally...Organize! To be very blunt, your bench and work space is very messy and cluttered. This would drive me nuts. Not to mention, it is unsafe. One thing in particular, is the all of the electrical cords laying around under your feet. Walking on them will, over time, damage them, and could cause you to get an electrical shock. Plus, they are a constant tripping hazard.

Please don't take this post as anything other than constructive criticism. I've been there and done that. If you are new to the hobby, you will learn more each day as to what works for you. You'll move things around a hundred times before you get them where you want them.

Good luck and have fun.

Jim
 

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Hey, Fred; welcome! No criticism, just curious...how come the wood duckboards? If for comfort only, wouldn't rubber matting have been easier?
You'll be hearing comments 'suggesting' you implement dust control sooner rather than later... :)
The Duckboards were needed due to my first mistake. You can't see from the photos, but the workbench is on top of a raised floor. The floor is raised about 2" for the the back 3' of the garage, the exact size of the bench.

I read that the bench should be 36" high, so that is the way I built it. Standing on the floor in front of the bench, the effective height is 38" .. uncomfortable for me.
 

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Yes some interesting decisions here. First thanx's Dan, never heard of duck boards, even so, agree with you.

My question for you Fred is, what is the idea behind the board containing the router bits etc. on the front of the bench? Looks in the way to me but that is just my still learning brain in gear.
Putting the Drill Bits and Drivers was probably a hasty decision, I was getting so frustrated because I could never find the bit I needed. I was spending more time looking for bits and other tools, then working.

The 3 tools I use mostly are Impact Driver, Cordless Drill and a Corded drill, so keeping tract of bits is a challenge.

Organization is still a major issue, I probably need to find way on this, I am looking at some pegboard cabinet plans from the "Work Shop" magazine.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Hi Jim,

I really appreciate your thoughts, that is what I was expecting when I posted this.

Currently, I pretty much use the workbench as an extension for the miter saw, and to store (throw) things on top.

I setup a couple of solid saw horses, and do most of my cutting, drilling .. etc on the saw horses. I am building selves for the garage, which will relieve some of the clutter.

The bit organization is a problem, I was thinking of using a 2x4 leftover.
 

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Hi Jim,


The bit organization is a problem, I was thinking of using a 2x4 leftover.
You have a nice stand for the router table, now put a couple of drawers in it and store your bits there.

Put a shelf on the wall and a block of styrofoam on it. stick your drill bits in the styrofoam in an orderly fashion.
 

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Hi again Fred. On the bit storage at the front of the bench thing, I use my leading bench edge for clamping down to, a lot. That'd be almost impossible if I had anything in the way along the front. I also like to clamp a bit of scrap down, as a stop block when I'm using the belt sander. Especially for large pieces like plywood gables, which pretty much span the whole bench width...those bits'd be gone in a flash! :)
On the duckboards; how about putting a tapered threshold along the long side? At least you wouldn't trip on it.
 

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Thanks for your pictures. I am setting up a new workshop we just had built. It's 12 x 24 and is a greast place.You have given me some good ideas Billy Boy
 

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Keep it mobile!

Having spent the last three months rearranging (cleaning) my garage shop so that I could park my car in it, too, I suggest you make things so they can be moved around easily. Not just to park a car, but also to enough room around any piece of equipment that you're using at the moment.
 

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Fred You are off to a good start on collecting tools and building/organizing your shop. All have made some good suggestions so go with what makes sense for your situation.

My suggestions are....

#1 Be Safe

#2 Have fun

#3 Build as much as you can

#4 Buy more tools when you need them to build more things

#5 Make a detailed list of tools you want (Name of tool, Brand name, Cost and Where to buy) and Post it so those that may want to buy you a present can get you something you want.
 

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I read that the bench should be 36" high, so that is the way I built it.
I don't believe it when someone says a bench, saw, or whatever, has to be X inches tall, because...
The height should be whatever 'you' are comfortable with.
 

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Folks,

I got into woodworking last October, when I started on a new workbench for the garage. I found that working with wood and tools was a lot of fun.

Attached are photos from when I first started until yesterday when I completed the router table.

Any comments, suggestions would be welcome.

-Fred:cool:
It may just be me but, I don't think that the 2x you have mounted on the front of the bench is a good idea. I think I'd mount it on the back of the bench. Looking at the 2x with the longer drill bits and longer objects would hang on your arm or shirt sleeve. Shirt sleeve would be just a oh darn, but a bare arm would definitly be a OUCH, @#%&@# :shout: Just my thoughts.
Merry Christmas to You and Yours
 

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Well when you are starting, you need to start somewhere, If I thought of the raised area I would have made the height a bit lower, the way it is now is not comfortable.
 

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Thanks to All .. Really good info

I will implement most of the suggestions pretty soon, especially the safety related one and post photos.

Cheers !!

-Fred
 
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