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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Workshops and Mobile Vehicle-Based Shops => Topic started by: WPeters on September 24, 2018, 09:46 AM

Title: MFT workbench build
Post by: WPeters on September 24, 2018, 09:46 AM
I'm wanting to build a workbench with an mft top and two vises.  All the parts will be cut on the cnc, but i don't have any other mfts, and i'm curios to how much clearance i need for dogs, clamps ect.  Does anyone have anything similar they can share to give ideas, etc?  I plan to store systainers on both sides with storage on the ends.  I want to have a vise on the side and one on the end.

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Title: Re: MFT workbench build
Post by: Roachmill on September 24, 2018, 02:01 PM
160 from the underside of the top would leave more than enough should you want to leave clamps dangling and not hit anything. Here's a photo of a clamp fed through an 18mm thick top.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180924/3dfbb1c7b8cfccbc37c99bf3c16e3534.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180924/8665bc384d57ef1990a00ec680d7a18f.jpg)
Title: Re: MFT workbench build
Post by: dlu on October 31, 2018, 03:09 PM
You may want to allow yourself room to come up from below with a clamp too.
Title: Re: MFT workbench build
Post by: BarneyD on October 31, 2018, 06:13 PM
I built this a few years ago. At the time I just guessed at the height. And I've been happy with it. About 5-3/4" from the bottom of the top to the shelf.

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Good luck with yours.
Title: Re: MFT workbench build
Post by: chris s on November 04, 2018, 01:38 PM
Barney, I like your MFT bench. Could you possibly give me the dimensions . 
                                                                          Chris
Title: Re: MFT workbench build
Post by: BarneyD on November 04, 2018, 06:10 PM
Hi Chris,

I don't have any drawings as I just made it from some rough sketches. But the main top is 32 x 48 x 36 high on 3" locking casters. It has 12 rows of 8 dog holes. It also has some wings on either end which fold up to give me about 87 inches in length. If you need more info, just holler. Good Luck.

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Title: Re: MFT workbench build
Post by: RustE on November 07, 2018, 08:17 AM
...It also has some wings on either end which fold up to give me about 87 inches in length...

Are the wings done with typical drop-leaf table hardware?  Or something more robust?
Title: Re: MFT workbench build
Post by: BarneyD on November 07, 2018, 07:05 PM
Hi RustE,

I used KV 206 brackets for the wings. Like these:

https://www.wwhardware.com/kv-206-folding-l-brackets-kv0206

It's only been a couple of years, but so far so good.
Title: Re: MFT workbench build
Post by: Cincinnati on December 27, 2018, 04:22 PM
You should check out the build by Peter Parfitt on The New Brit Workshop on YouTube. At one point he offered plans. Keep in mind he’s a Brit so you get a wonderful accent and metric measurements. I like the removable slide-in trays under the top and accessible from either side.  It makes it easy to retrieve items that fall thru the dog holes as well as cleaning sawdust from underneath the top. 
Title: Re: MFT workbench build
Post by: Peter Parfitt on December 28, 2018, 07:09 AM
You should check out the build by Peter Parfitt on The New Brit Workshop on YouTube. At one point he offered plans. Keep in mind he’s a Brit so you get a wonderful accent and metric measurements. I like the removable slide-in trays under the top and accessible from either side.  It makes it easy to retrieve items that fall thru the dog holes as well as cleaning sawdust from underneath the top.

You are very kind...

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Follow this link and click on the Mobile Bench playlist:

http://www.youtube.com/user/StoneMessage/playlists?view_as=public&disable_polymer=1

The plans are free, just let me have an email address via a PM.

Peter
Title: Re: MFT workbench build
Post by: jobsworth on December 28, 2018, 11:20 AM
@Peter Parfitt

Hey youre back posting again, good to see our name here
Title: Re: MFT workbench build
Post by: Peter Parfitt on December 28, 2018, 01:04 PM
I only took 3 days off to see the grandchildren !

Peter
Title: Re: MFT workbench build
Post by: jobsworth on December 28, 2018, 07:21 PM
hmmm seems longer, well welcome back anyway [big grin]