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Spec me a man bench!

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by bainbridge, Mar 15, 2020.

  1. kaiowas

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 10,197

    Location: Castle Anthrax

    I went for full overkill, but then I wanted to be able to do metal fabrication, welding and gearbox builds etc on it.

    Welded up a frame from 50x50 steel box then put a 10mm steel worktop on it. It's absolutely bomb proof, it's heavy enough that it won't move when smacking stuff with the big hammers.

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    Have moved house since making it and I could do with some more bench space so I'm looking at making a couple more in the same style with a slightly less heavy duty worktop.
     
  2. ttaskmaster

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Sep 11, 2013

    Posts: 9,630

    £78 for all the timbers including a load of spares which, together with the offcuts, will be used to make additions, a few end shelves, a drawer or two, and so on...
    Couple of quid for a big box of wood screws and the four coach bolts that hold it all in place (yes, it's a takedown). Vice was £35 off the 'Bay.

    The best part of this design is the aprons on either side, which keep it solid by preventing the legs from racking and give you a massive, solid platform to which you can fit pretty much anything - Shelves, tool holders, extensions, or whatever. Drill out a load of dog holes for work holding, or something.
     
  3. SPG

    Soldato

    Joined: Jul 28, 2010

    Posts: 6,133

    Euro pallets make a great bench pop off the tops, cut in half put back the tops without a gap and whatever you want as legs.
     
  4. Abyss

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 4,341

    Location: Nottingham

    I picked up a portable stand from Lidl which is a godsend when using the mitre saw.

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  5. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 14,028

    Location: Higher Walton

    If I had a garage that big I’d probably grab one too!

    My shed is 14x8 so by the time I have a workbench down one side and storage the other it only leaves around a 3ft walking space down the middle.
     
  6. Puzzled

    Soldato

    Joined: Jul 9, 2003

    Posts: 6,672

    I picked up a heavy duty kitchen table for next to nothing second hand and just added a bit more support to make it rock solid.

    I wanted mine to be moveable though not bolted to the wall.
     
  7. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 14,028

    Location: Higher Walton

    @Abyss

    I went the easier route!

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    Oh and for the OP, here's mine. Probably cost about £30, just some CLS 2x3 and 18mm ply.

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  8. Shawy

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 9, 2011

    Posts: 688

    Location: Stoke-on-Trent

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    I welded mine too, mainly because I wanted to learn to weld. Used a kitchen work top though.

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  9. Showboat

    Wise Guy

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    Location: UK

  10. bainbridge

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 9, 2009

    Posts: 3,452

    Location: Bristol

    That is exactly what I want! What is cls? Is it lengths of 2x3 of a certain type of wood?
     
  11. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

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    Location: Higher Walton

    It’s just construction timber.

    If you go to any b&q/wicked they’ll have loads of it.

    Usually costs about £3/length of 2.4m.
     
  12. NickK

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2003

    Posts: 18,541

    that’s exactly what I did - bonded two lengths to make the legs etc. It’s little soft and may warp as it ages but cheap.