Been looking at building the "quick and easy"
workbench featured in the Dec 2002 Wood Magazine
where you build the bench out of particle board.
Yes, I know there are better, but I need
something short and sweet. Be interested if
anyone has build that bench.
I think there's something wrong with the plans
and be interested in exchanging emails with
someone who has experience in building it.
Here's the link:
Couple of thoughts:
* Not too fond of particle board in something which, in my shop, takes a
fair amount of impact abuse, as well as lateral force from planing.
* 'Oops' solid core fire-rated doors are $15 each at the local door
shop, less if you have cash in hand...
* A frame of construction lumber, joined with lap joints and/or dados
made when gluing up 2x stock goes togehter pretty quickly. If you use
3" construction screws, instead of glue, it comes apart easily, too, for
'repurposing', should the need arise. As it has for me.
I keep one of these Q&D benches knocked down, leaning in the corner of
my shop. Another one is at my dad's place, two hours north of here,
because I got tired of trying to do large work on a Workmate.
And MJ, there isn't anything wrong with the finish on that table top at
the Santa Rosa show. You did well. And hang out with some seriously
talented folks, too.
Thanks for the comments. Yea, I looked at the table the
other day and thought - well, it's not as bad as when
I put the mineral oil on it. It's given me quite an
encouragement to do something next year - perhaps
Norm's hightop? Now that ! would be something.
On 12 Aug 2005 17:02:44 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
You don't need plans for something that simple, just make it to fit
Personally I wouldn't waste the effort on particle board to make
workshop shelving like that and it's certainly not worth the title of
"workbench" for woodworking. It'll be far too flimsy and too moisture
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