Hi to all,
I have, by most of your standards a small workshop. It was even smaller and I have just finished a new addition of another 8' x 4' section now giving me a new wide part that is 10' x 8', the rest is still just 6' wide!
The new part is really awesome and I can now build much larger things and cut up even bigger boards as the whole front 8' wall is a window that swings outwards like a canopy. It is such a pleasure to be able to break down an 8 x 4 sheet without having to do it outside (and it seemed to ALWAYS rain when I had to).
Anyway enough excited rambling on. Now to the main reason for this post. Since I got my new larger space I have become very appreciative of it and would like to gain more room. I can't expand outwards any further so I decided on space saving mods.
I Recently built a flip top stand for my Fox router table and SIP Planer/Thicknesser and am pleased with the outcome, but that little voice in my head is saying make more space. What I came up with was that my lathe goes unused for long periods and maybe when I do use it it is only for a few days at most at a time.
Bingo thinks I, move the lathe and I gain a bench, but it's a real pain to put the lathe somewhere and then there is all the setup, so I decided to make a flip top table with just the lathe on one side and a decent size workbench on the other.
Now the problems start! Nowhere on the internet can I find any info about anyone doing the same thing. Surely I can't be the first to think of this? Or is there some reason that no-one has made one before. I have no problem constructing the thing, in fact it is almost done, it's overall size is 5' x 2' and has a torsion box top made from 3/4 ply and 2" inserts so with its thin ply protective sheet on each side it is 3 1/2" thick and VERY strong. I can sit on the center and it does not deflect noticeably. My only worry is WHY no-one has done it before?
So if anyone out there has tried, failed, succeeded or simply had a good reason not to start please let me know. Maybe then that little niggling doubt will go away.
Worst case scenario I put a couple screws in and have a standard bench at least!
Any thoughts guys?