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Here is a quick pic of the new shop space. I was looking for a better place to post this here but can't seem to find one.

You all might recognize the Harbor Freight work bench there. I have three of them. One is older and dinged up and will now just serve as counter space on the wall, and to mount my drill press to. The other two are new, placed back to back in the center, and I will shim them to be level with each other for a large work surface. We just built those last night. I was hoping for a better fit but it seems the tops are not going to be exactly even with each other from end to end. I also noticed my old one had a finish on it that seems slicker than these two. They just feel like sanded, unfinished wood. Any suggestions on that? Coat of wax, or even a finish?

For now I will use these to get me started again, but I have dreams of a large super bench, maybe full plywood sheet width, and at least 6 feet long, and dead flat from end to end. I was hoping to use it to help square up cabinet type furnishings as I build them. It might still work, once I get everything shimmed and any high spots dealt with (plane it out, maybe even add a shop made top over them).
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Good Show, Duane, you are coming right along, a lot of good projects will be made there ,I am sure.

I have thought about those HF tables, but the legs seemed kind of flimsy. But the tops were worth theprice and sturdier legs could be built. Putting 2 tops together is a good idea.

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Looking good Duane
I need a project table too . One of these days

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Looks good Duane. Altho, it WILL look better once the sawdust and other debris is spred out on the floor.
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Lookin good. I've learned that I need one worktable to actually work on and another (or two) to store stuff on so I don't clutter up my actual worktable too fast. It is good for me to get in the habit of puttin' up all my tools every night before turning off the lights

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Heh...good luck with that, Greg!

Duane; you're out of the rain and your tools are locked up. It's all good.
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Here are a few more pics. I have a plan here, I really do. At the end of the back to back benches where that pile of stuff is now is where my router table will live once I get it built. That stuff there now is my tools I take to work each day (unloaded the truck to haul wood for the shop). With the garage door down I will still have room to walk around the router table on that end.

For now my miter saw and table saw are stored along the empty wall on the right. The miter saw will stay there, and come out to be used when needed. The table saw will move to the place where those two white doors are leaning on the wall now, once I get those installed and out of the shop space. This will put my three largest tools, miter saw, table saw, and router table on the end where the garage door is, for easy access to the drive way, since I plan to use them outdoors to control dust in the shop. Where the table saw is now, I have already had a gas line stubbed in to add a wall mounted heater for winter, because this garage is unheated or cooled, and during my work in it recently I also discovered it is uninsulated. For cooling, I am just adding a window air conditioner.

That small folding table with the scroll saw on it is leaving. I just threw it there for now to help organize things. I will make a shop built counter even with the height of the bench that the drill press is on and fill that corner in with it. My air compressor will live under this and stay plugged in under the counter to be ready for use. I am thinking maybe get some kind of retractable hose reel to control the air hose and mount it nearby.

Maybe later, further improvements will come, but for now I am just trying to get it up and running again. I am also going to add shop lights like I had before, and more electrical outlets. Have to upgrade this house's 100 amp service to a 200 amp first. I have already bought the new panel.
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Good Show, Duane, you are coming right along, a lot of good projects will be made there ,I am sure.

I have thought about those HF tables, but the legs seemed kind of flimsy. But the tops were worth theprice and sturdier legs could be built. Putting 2 tops together is a good idea.

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The legs on my benches seem to be pretty stout. Did you look at a store display that maybe was not put together well? The leg sections come preassembled and attach to the top with 3 large screws, and two more smaller screws. Then two stretchers run across between them to hold the bottom shelf in place. The main part of the bench is all solid wood, no MDF, but the bottom shelf insert, drawer bottoms and housing (not the drawer boxes themselves, are made of MDF with a laminate on it, and the bench top is made of lots of small hard wood pieces all finger jointed together. It is definitely an economy bench, but I can't complain. My first one has done everything I have asked of it, except for be wide enough, so now I have two back to back, and still wish for wider. These two new ones, though, the tops on them are not quite as flat as the first one is. The edges roll downward slightly. I can still make them work, because I doubt anything highly precision will be coming out of my shop. If needed, these benches are close enough that I can actually use them to help create a larger surface, keep it flat, and lay it over these two benches. Maybe then I can eliminate rolling edges, and even make it larger than the benches alone.

One final tip. If you get one (or three ) add something on the bottom side of tne dog holes to keep wood chips and dust out of your drawers. Some suggest lauan plywood. I simply cut scraps of sheet metal and used short, hex drive zip screws ran in with a drill to hold them on. It was fast and simple, and it works.

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I wax raw wood using toilet bowl wax rings. I rub the wax on thick and then use a heat gun to melt it in

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Pretty sweet work area you have there!
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