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Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #30 on: July 21, 2019, 10:10 PM »
Thanks @reidbailey :)

Made good progress this weekend. Both bottoms cut, and all 12 panels for the 4 sides cut and laminated together. It’s definitely overkill :) each one is super super heavy. Haha.


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Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #31 on: July 25, 2019, 09:51 AM »
First dry fit last night. Pieces aren’t sanded, finished, no edge banding yet, but wanted to do a sanity check.

The height was perfect but the width was a tiny bit tight. Sanding will help. It’s maybe 1/16th off.

This might give you guys an idea of the final shapes.

This is of course 1/2 of the workbench. I did finish the SketchUp document now. Will happily provide to anyone interested.

Matt


Offline neilc

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #32 on: July 25, 2019, 12:03 PM »
Progress!  I get what you are doing more clearly now.

Seeing this now, you could have gone 3x ply formed post strips at the corners but inset the full ply sides 1 1/2" with spacers at the corners. Would save a lot of weight and materials.

Look forward to seeing how it turns out - thanks for sharing the build process.

BTW, great floor in your garage!  Wood rack coming up as a future project it looks like!

Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #33 on: July 26, 2019, 11:39 AM »
Thank you, @neilc !

I absolutely could have made the side panels way differently and with way less wood. Totally agree with you there.

I think the weight is actually a positive since I want the bench to be very stable and sturdy, although the material cost is certainly a negative.

In any case, all 12 sheets are already glued up into the 4 sides (1/2" ply sandwiched between 3/4" ply) so it's done now :)

Thanks! The floor is awesome - I love it.

Here's a full cut list for the project in case anyone wants it.

I'm hoping to make a lot of progress this weekend, more pictures Sunday night!

Matt


Offline mrFinpgh

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #34 on: July 26, 2019, 02:17 PM »
Thanks @reidbailey :)

Made good progress this weekend. Both bottoms cut, and all 12 panels for the 4 sides cut and laminated together. It’s definitely overkill :) each one is super super heavy. Haha.


I'm pretty sure I threw my back out just looking at that.

I think you won't ever need to worry about the bench moving when you plane something.




Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #35 on: July 27, 2019, 07:07 PM »
Haha true !

Well team, FINALLY got all the pieces cut. Now time to sand and start on the joinery!

Matt


Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #36 on: July 28, 2019, 09:20 PM »
A lot of progress this weekend. 


Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #37 on: July 30, 2019, 12:26 AM »
At long last, first glue up!!

PS - I have a Lot of plywood off cuts of considerable size.

It’s all the top of the line Baltic birch ply, probably more offcuts than I would like to store after this thing is over.

Anyone in the Bay Area need some plywood? Sorry, I won’t ship it. If you’re local you can swing by to pick it up when I’m done.

Matt


Offline Bob D.

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #38 on: July 30, 2019, 06:16 AM »
Looking good Matt. You should look into CutList Plus, or one of the other cut optimizing apps
so you can reduce the amount of waste you generate and make use of offcuts you hang on to.

https://cutlistplus.com/Features

http://festoolownersgroup.com/other-tools-accessories/alternative-for-cut-list-plus/msg206220/#msg206220
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Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #39 on: July 30, 2019, 06:53 PM »
Thanks @Bob D. !

I do use CutList in Sketchup, the challenge here I think is that a lot of my pieces are 47 or 48" square based on the nature of what I am building - and the sheets of baltic birch are 60" square, so there's just inherently a lot of leftovers.

It'll be super useful for future smaller projects though!

Matt

Offline RKA

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #40 on: July 30, 2019, 07:12 PM »
I would save the pieces for shop projects and jigs.  Generally if one dimension is longer than 12”, i can repurpose it somewhere (tool holders, trays, etc).  Anything smaller, maybe trash.  I’m almost as stingy with BB as I am with walnut.  Big box ply, not as much.
-Raj

Offline Bob D.

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #41 on: July 31, 2019, 05:46 AM »
I would save the pieces for shop projects and jigs.  Generally if one dimension is longer than 12”, i can repurpose it somewhere (tool holders, trays, etc).  Anything smaller, maybe trash.  I’m almost as stingy with BB as I am with walnut.  Big box ply, not as much.

I agree with this strategy, and follow roughly the same rules when deciding if I should discard or save scrap ply, especially better quality ply such as BB. It's paid off many times.
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Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #42 on: August 03, 2019, 12:06 AM »
Thanks team. I’ll keep them.

First of two modules 100% done now with finish on.

The parts for the other one are cut already - just need to assemble so should be quick.

Matt


Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #43 on: August 04, 2019, 09:58 PM »

Offline Mikeoutrage

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #44 on: August 05, 2019, 02:05 AM »
Looking good.

Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #45 on: August 20, 2019, 10:39 PM »

Offline RKA

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #46 on: August 20, 2019, 11:15 PM »
Your gara...*ahem*...workshop is coming along nicely!   ;)
-Raj

Offline jobsworth

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #47 on: August 21, 2019, 11:46 AM »
Mat,

this is comeing along nicely. Looks like its well thought out and has a excellent build quality.

Well done

Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #48 on: August 23, 2019, 11:34 PM »
@RKA and @jobsworth thanks guys!!

A huge day today - super excited to get them slid into the frames.

Now just need to make the tops, drawer pulls, fit and finish!

Matt



Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #49 on: August 23, 2019, 11:35 PM »

Offline rmhinden

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #50 on: August 24, 2019, 09:34 AM »
Looks great!

Bob

Offline neilc

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #51 on: August 24, 2019, 02:13 PM »
Nice!  The back side drawers with full extensions are huge!  Lots of storage, Matt!

What are the overall dimensions on the leg units side by side?

Offline Chris Cianci

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #52 on: August 24, 2019, 02:48 PM »
Hi
I am amazed anyone can keep a shop that clean part way through a project Lol
Looks amazing...
Best

Offline Bob D.

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #53 on: August 24, 2019, 08:29 PM »
Maybe he has a cleaning service come in a couple times a week.  ;)

But seriously, it is a clean shop and that is good. I like that. I try to make time
each day I am in the shop for cleanup at the end and sometimes during the day
if I'm doing something messy.
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Offline Svar

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #54 on: August 24, 2019, 10:50 PM »
Hi
I am amazed anyone can keep a shop that clean part way through a project Lol
Looks amazing...
Best
I asked Matt about it before. He says he just keeps it clean, ... right. [wink]
My theory is he makes everything in the back room and then brings projects to garage to brag  [big grin]
Just admit it, Matt.
« Last Edit: August 24, 2019, 10:53 PM by Svar »

Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #55 on: August 26, 2019, 08:57 PM »
@rmhinden thanks!!

@neilc thank you! Each module is 48”
Square. So the whole work bench is 8’ by 4’.

Hahaha you guys. I just clean it often, what can I say :)

More progress - tops finally on! 1/2” BB laminated to 3/4” BB with walnut edge banding.

Matt


Offline tallgrass

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #56 on: August 27, 2019, 01:49 AM »
I like it. Have you ever thought of wheels on these?

Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #57 on: August 27, 2019, 08:02 AM »
Maybe he has a cleaning service come in a couple times a week.  ;)

But seriously, it is a clean shop and that is good. I like that. I try to make time
each day I am in the shop for cleanup at the end and sometimes during the day
if I'm doing something messy.

Ditto.

Besides, the metal shavings are hard on bare feet.

@mattbyington love the project, the shop looks great. You are however constantly tweaking my neck with the sideways pictures, thought only us old guys were guilty of that...  [poke]

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Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #58 on: August 27, 2019, 08:49 PM »

Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: [Project 24] Workbench Overhaul
« Reply #59 on: August 27, 2019, 09:12 PM »
Absolutely beautiful!  [not worthy]

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