work bench plans



work bench plans

Postby grumpyvette » January 1st, 2011, 1:38 pm

every shop needs a decent work bench thats capable of holding significant weight and giving you room to work at waist level with good lighting, thats clean and well lighted enough for small projects like carburetor and distributor rebuilds and strong enough to work on a rear differential or transmission.
theres two basic designs and your shops floor space will probably influence your choice.
theres the typical stand alone bench and those that may be characterized as a wall shelf , in either case for a work bench used for automotive repair work ,you'll probably want a minimum of a 36" wide x 48-96" long bench minimum size, with a stainless steel top surface capable of holding about 750-1000 lbs so clean up and oil spilled will not be a major issue,and you've got a significant safety margin.
youll want at least one dual 110 volt outlet in easy reach.
Ive used both types and both styles have distinct advantages, the stand alone bench allows access from both sides, but it may need to be bolted to the floor for stability in some cases if its not fairly large and well designed, while the wall mount shelf frees up a bit more floor space, your shop wall structure may not be able to support the shelf, so think thru your options.
you must decide on a comfortable work height, if you intend to use a chair or bar stool, that limits the bench top to about a 30"-33" height for easy access. if you prefer to stand while working a 42"-44" height is a good choice
three layers of 3/4" plywood, glued together with carpenters glue and bolted to the support frame over the support frame rails along all edges with the legs anchored to the wall and or floor usually makes a solid surface, to glue, or bolt the upper steel surface too,having a raised lip or edge on all sides to reduce oil spills running off the bench surface is usually a good idea, having the support legs secure to the floor is optional but a good idea in most cases.
look thru the links below for some basic ideas to work from,and remember you should built it strong/heavy because if it were to collapse, during use it could result in significant injury or expense or both, and adding a parts washer to the shop at the same time might be a good idea

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http://www.workbenchdesign.net/rplansfree.html

http://www.freeww.com/workbenches.html

http://www.freebenchplans.com/workbenchplans.html

http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/work ... w20xl.html

http://www.freeww.com/garageworkbenches.html

http://www.plansnow.com/workbenchplans.html

http://www.ezwoodshop.com/workbench-plans.html

http://www.wayneofthewoods.com/workbench.html

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now in an ideal world where youve got extra cash, you can buy an install a shelf, under the bench and install a secondary tool storage chest
http://www.harborfreight.com/56-inch-11 ... 67681.html
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this looks a bit flimsy but if done correctly, especially if the upper table surface is made from 3/4" thick plywood glued, and sheet rock screwed, to the particle board under it,too add significant rigidity, you get the basic idea. ID have used BOTH vertical braces bolted to the wall to support the inner wall edge of the bench and several angled 2"x 4" braces from the bench support bracing fastened to the wall with a 4x4" footer for the braces lower end support bolted to the wall about 6" above the floor to make sweeping up easy, extending up at about a 40 degree angle to the upper bench under surface



if you can find a food preparation table at a restaurant that's going out of business , or theres a used restaurant equipment supply near you,that's potentially an excellent start point

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you can frequently find sheets of 1/8" aluminum diamond plate cheap also that can be screwed to plywood FOR A DESK OR BENCH TOP
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IF YOU CAN,T SMOKE THE TIRES AT WILL,FROM A 60 MPH ROLLING START YOUR ENGINE NEEDS MORE WORK!!"!
IF YOU CAN , YOU NEED BETTER TIRES AND YOUR SUSPENSION NEEDS MORE WORK!!
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Re: work bench plans

Postby grumpyvette » June 14th, 2011, 8:09 am

I recently helped a friend build a work bench area he bought a couple (5)12 foot long 4x4 boards and bolted one to the concrete wall in his shop at about 40" off the floor every 12" with expansion bolts, he bolted a second one on the wall about 6" off the floor directly below it, and had two sheets of 3/4" plywood cut in half length wise 24" x 96" and used deck screws to build a shelf with the inner edge of a 96" and a 48" piece of the plywood screwed to the upper surface of the 40" mounted 4x4 and screwed a 12' long 4x4 on the lower edge of the shelf and diagonal braces between the outer lower lip and the lower 4x4 to add support, he screwed a second layer of 3/4" plywood over the firs but reversed where the 96" and 48" seam went. the result was a rock solid 41.5" tall shelf that was 2 feet wide and 12 feet long with diagonal supports anchored to the concrete wall and a 2" space under the lower support beam to make sweeping up easy for under $100 in cost

similar in concept to this but using 4x4 supports diagonally braced from the lower horizontal lower support to the shelf's outer lower edge and having the inner edge of the shelf supported on a higher horizontal beam fastened to the wall also

HAVING A WORKING & WELDING TABLE IS NOT MANDATORY, BUT YOULL WONDER HOW ANYONE CAN WORK WITHOUT A DECENT VISE AND WORK BENCH,ONCE YOU HAVE ONE IN YOUR SHOP, AND A SOLID METAL BENCH HAS BENEFITS FOR USE AS A WELDING LOCATION. I KNOW IVE WANTED ONE LIKE THIS PICTURE FOR DECADES.....I JUST NEVER SEEM TO GET THE CASH BEFORE SOME FAMILY EMERGENCY TAKES IT FIRST
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more ideas

http://www.dannylipford.com/video/built ... workbench/

http://www.scottfam.us/useful/Workbench ... ctions.pdf

http://www.pitpal.com/catalog/Aluminum_Tables-47-1.html

http://wayneofthewoods.com/workbench.html

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=30&p=38#p38

http://www.plansnow.com/workbenchplans.html
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IF YOU CAN , YOU NEED BETTER TIRES AND YOUR SUSPENSION NEEDS MORE WORK!!
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Re: work bench plans

Postby grumpyvette » June 6th, 2014, 7:43 pm

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ever since the first time I saw this picture posted I thought this was darn impressive as a shop work bench
I kind of priced out what it might cost too build something similar, and quickly dismissed it as a project best left for some time when i had more cash flow available as I quickly calculated it costing in excess of $1200 to build in a 4 ft tall 4ft wide x 8ft long configuration with a 1/4" top plate and 6" sq legs with .250 wall thickness and 6' (I) beam support rails under the table top,which is what Id have selected
four TOOLS THAT GET CONSTANTLY USED, A DRILL PRESS, SHOP BENCH, AIR COMPRESSOR, AND MIG WELDER WOULD MAKE SHOPS MORE PRODUCTIVE
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http://www.welders-direct.com/mm5/merch ... gory_Code=
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Re: work bench plans

Postby 87vette81big » June 6th, 2014, 8:02 pm

I don't have $1200 to build a workbench out of Steel right now either Grumpy.
But I think I can come up with $100-200 to build a nice workbench in my basement.
Where I make small project repairs current.
Wood will do. Carpet the top. Or if I can find a large stainless sheet for cheap.
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Re: work bench plans

Postby grumpyvette » July 30th, 2014, 12:40 pm

http://stronghandtools.com/buildpro/main_products.php

http://stronghandtools.com/buildpro/tables/max.php

http://stronghandtools.com/buildpro/index.php

http://stronghandtools.com/buildpro/tab ... letops.php

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darn It would be great to have a good deal of easily disposable cash to spend on tools , these tool tables with built in clamp points have a lot of potential
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