Workbench Solutions

discussion of design changes / improvements / suggestions
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Workbench Solutions

Post by John_TX » Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:54 am

Hi everyone, I'm new here.
I've noticed different approaches to workbench surfaces for the SO, such as torsion tables, sound-proof enclosures, or the cool vertical-storage idea.
I'll mention that I once put a massive inkjet printer on a flimsy table and was aghast when the whole thing wobbled out of control on the first page. Wouldn't want to make that mistake here!
Another idea is that under-bench storage for shopvac, PC, bits etc. would be convenient.
So I'm wondering, what is everyone's favorite approach? I think I'll need to build a new workbench specifically for the SO3 (I plan on buying very soon) so I may as well make it perfect!
Please share your opinions! Including:
do you keep a computer permanently stationed with your SO or just drag the laptop out to the garage each time?
For a dedicated workbench, do you like to keep a lot of horizontal surface around your SO, or just size the benchtop to the SO dimensions?
How many of you have a real problem with the noise (How much louder than typical hand router use)?

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Re: Workbench Solutions

Post by Atonwa » Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:59 am

I don't know your budget on a workbench but I would recommend checking Craigslist or a Habitat for Humanity ReStore if you have one around.

My criteria was something that housed a stand alone desktop PC, had storage for tools and bits. Having the vac as close as possible is an advantage. Personally I am using the Dewalt router and a cheap Ridgid shop vac with a dust deputy attached. I'm hoping Santa brings me a Fein Turbo Vac for Xmas.

A lip around the edge of whatever you use helps keep the dust better contained. Here is my set up that I found at Restore for $25 bucks.


And here is Winston Moy's set up too.
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Re: Workbench Solutions

Post by CastIrony » Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:02 am

Man, I wish I had that much space. :D

Here's my new workbench:
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The desk I built myself. The Shapeoko is sitting on a crappy tool stand from Harbor Freight that I will probably replace soon.
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Re: Workbench Solutions

Post by CrazyBillybob » Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:15 pm


That's not a bad little workbench you knocked together there! I had one similar in my old place. One addition that I would recommend is throw a sheet of metal (at least 1/16" thick) on the work surface, or a 1/4 sheet of hard board. I did a few metal projects and found that I tore up the plywood top pretty easily. So on half the bench I put a bit of sheet steel (part of an old sign someone cut up and left in the rafters of the shop). the other half was just a layer of hard board (Masonite, etc). It held up to the abuse better and could be swapped out after I set it on only happened a couple of times :P Torches get hot and welding hoods are dark you can reek all kinds of havoc and be completely oblivious to it till you pop open the hood... Oh my, where's the fire extinguisher!?!


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Re: Workbench Solutions

Post by Shook » Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:26 pm

I went the torsion box approach. I don't have a nailgun, so it's screws and glue.
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Re: Workbench Solutions

Post by xfredericox » Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:02 pm

i've made a second workbench today because i had too much machines and only 1 table. Much better now :-)

still to do: cable (power) management and dust extraction system.
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Re: Workbench Solutions

Post by bharbour » Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:57 pm

Just finished my new workbench. In the process of finishing up my upgraded SO2.

No longer have a Shapeoko, but use a machine of my own design...

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