Friday, January 11, 2008
The Work Bench is Done
I just finished the work surface tonight. I still want to add a couple of things like a pegboard, drawers under the lower shelves, and a 1 foot extension attached to the front by hinges to give me three feet of working space. Right now, it's 11 x 2.
I ended up making two 5 1/2 foot sections so that I can either have an "L" shaped bench or move them side by side and get them out of the way if I need the work area for something like bringing in my truck (or at least the cab) in case of a storm. It splits in a kind of offset manner with one board section longer than the other, like so:
I'd like to say that I had some sort of really neat reason for doing it this way, but the fact of the matter is that I hadn't thought about the extra inches that the two by fours at the ends of the table would add on to the frame. rather then make my table longer than 11 feet, I just made the other table a bit smaller and took the 2x4's into consideration on that one.
On thing that I did do on purpose was by some nice 1/2" plywood for the table, and then cover it up with cheap 1/4" plywood. The aircraft plans suggested this so that when you destroy the table finish, you can just remove it and put a new one on pretty easily.
Hopefully I'll soon have some interesting work going instead of prep stuff, but for now this will do.