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New workbench in my garage

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by MSS Mow, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Here are some photos of a workbench in my garage that I built. And if you knew my carpentry skills, you'd be VERY impressed. lol. I used some scraps from around the house for some of the bracing.

    will have finished photos in the morning....



  2. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,039

    Very Nice! You'll get much use out of that. One can't have too much bench space.
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Lookin' good...i would do one more vertical support in the middle of the left leg of the bench though! Keep us updated with pics!!!
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Where is the tap going?

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    nice man, i built this bench this season, its 12 foot long
  6. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Here are some more photos. work in progress..... Goldpro, stop hijacking my thread!:gunsfiring:

    Just kidding. :D Your bench looks excellent!




  7. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Nice bench. Garage looks new is it?
  8. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    here's some final shots. All completed and ready to be cluttered up!



  9. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Thanks. Garage was built in June of last year, so just a little over a year old.
  10. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Ah, look no further than the final pics. I was waiting til I put the plywood down so I would have one less brace to cut around. Lazy, yes. But since I am a terrible carpenter, the fewer cuts the better. :nod: The pics don't show the detail work. I have been called a "wood butcher" before by a carpenter friend of mine. But, I had the lumber left over from the garage being built and just had to pickup the plywood.
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Looks nice. A peice of plywood at the back would make a great place to hang tools and other stuff.
  12. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    I dread the thought of cutting around all those outlets but you're 100% right, it would be great! Perhaps a project for another day right off.
  13. dchr

    dchr Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    I'm a carpenter and unfortunately I have had the "privledge" of repairing many houses that were built way worse than your bench:realmad:
    Very nice job-love all the outlets-never can have enough of those although they are a PITA to cut around.
    If you really want that bench top to last try adding some sheet steel to the top or some of that cheap 1/8" brown pressboard. It's nice and easy to clean and cheap enough to replace once it gets all banged up-unless your like my brother in law and you will never see the bench top again once you start putting stuff on it!:D
  14. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    as a carpenter myself i must say it's a great bench.

    However the way you pieced the left side horizontal members with only the supports going back to the wall is a recipe for failure. You MUST have good support under BOTH ends of a horizontal member to prevent the sag out you're going to see when gravity and time take over.

    Your legs in the center of the left side look great, BUT they need to be under that joint which looks like it's at the 8' mark where you added a second 4' length of horizontal 2x4 right? The joint about 24" to the left of the leg. I assume you halved the 12' of bench and set legs at 6'....rookie...LOL

    If you don't offer some support there the bench will start sagging badly from the far left side corner towards the support legs in a "V" shape with the point being right at the joint.

    either move the legs over or just add 2 more but do something there. Next time seam the horizontals at the half way point and legs will be in center for a bench that lasts 20 years...

  15. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    also.....peg board the walls behind it and just hold the bottom of the horizontally laid 4x8 sheets to the top of the outlets.....easy peasy..
  16. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    very nice bench. What are you putting for a top? I always find a double layer of 3/4 ply creates a very solid surface. It seems like overkill when your doing it, but it eliminates any bounce you get when hammering on the surface.
  17. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    "Rookie" is putting it politely. :D

    I have ZERO experience/knowledge when it comes to carpentry. I will make the corrections to the supports hopefully tomorrow and post new pics. Thanks for the advice!!
  18. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Thanks, but you can't see the up close "cuts" to the plywood. Let's just say its a good thing its only a garage, and not finish work for inside a house. :laughing:

    When I had the garage wired last fall I specifically had extra outlets put in this corner with the intentions of a workbench here, especially the two under the top shelf of the bench. I also have 10 of the 8ft fluresent lights throughout the garage - tons of light!! Also put a couple outlets in the ceiling for the potential of drop cords etc in the future and outdoor outlets and lighting. All in all, it cost me more than 3 grand but was worth it.
  19. 2brothersyc

    2brothersyc Member
    Messages: 95

    looks like fun man
  20. GatorDL55

    GatorDL55 Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    Can never have too many outlets. You have enough there that you probably ran a dedicated circuit back to the panel box.