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Author Topic: Looking for plywood workbench designs  (Read 6890 times)
N0URE
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« on: March 29, 2011, 05:59:48 PM »

I'm not having good luck in finding plans for building a nice 'Ham' workbench.
No drawers needed but a good shelf for test equipment and should be under lit.
Something simple to build with plywood and dato cuts.
Any URL or pointers will be helpful.

Like ----- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV-Gz5rVqio

John

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KF7GFL
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011, 01:34:57 PM »

Have you thought about buying getting a plain door and holding it up with a couple of 2-drawer or half-height filing cabinets?

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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2011, 04:21:54 PM »

Something like this?
http://laserpup.com/?p=92

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N0URE
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2011, 10:21:02 AM »

Yes Mel,
I would lower the upper shelf so that I could reach test equipment and power supplies and...
The only problem there were no drawings & measurements.
Still looking

John
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N0URE
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2011, 10:53:33 AM »

Mel,
I saw one I would like to build in a Elektor YouTube vid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV-Gz5rVqio

Now if I can just find some plans.


John
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2011, 05:08:53 PM »

A flush hollow core door makes a good inexpensive table top. I am typing now on  a computer desk made from a hollow core door on two two-drawer filing cabinets. A solid core door is a lot stronger and heavier but unless you can find one surplus or used is expensive. One avenue is to look for industrial  workbench legs and tops. McMaster Carr and Global are sources. I built my own workbench from 2x4 lumber, luan underlayment plywood and solid core door for a top. I glued and nailed it with the luan as a stressed skin on the end frames and as a continuous back brace. Very solid and stable. A ham table can be done the same way. If no door is available, two layers of 3/4 inch plywood glued together is very stiff and stable. Flush bi-fold closet doors and bullnose hardwood stair treads make good shelves. Lots of ways to make shelf risers. Put your bench on casters and it will be easy to move it when you need to get behind the equipment. Scrounge and you may find used office furniture, seconds of kitchen cabinet bases, workbench legs or other things that can be made into what you want. Make sure you plan for adequate depth. 30 inches is minimum, 36 inches much better in the long run if you may get big amplifiers or boat anchor equipment in the future. There is a lot of information of furniture design on the internet. I have seen some amazing plans for sturdy tables and benches. Also some stupid shoddy designs.
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2011, 11:21:03 PM »

Check out plans or articles on building reloading benches, I built one based on this design:

http://www.rifleshootermag.com/ammunition/benchs_022607/index.html
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2011, 09:36:58 PM »

   A thick piece of plywood, five 4x4s, and some long thick screws did the trick for me!  Workbench has been in use for 25 years! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2011, 07:28:27 AM »

I have 4 of these units set side by side in my computer shop. They are great and go together easily. The top shelf is designed to be recessed but I turned the support upside down and screwed the shelving material to it to make a flat shelf.

http://www.gorillarack.com/products/workbench/workbenches.htm
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2011, 01:25:22 PM »

This is more of a design for an operating desk than a workbench, but you might be able to adapt it to your purposes.

http://www.goatinatree.com/desk/desk.htm
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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2011, 06:54:58 AM »

John: This might be close to what you are looking for... It should be pretty easy to adjust the height for what you prefer.

http://www.eaa1000.av.org/technicl/worktabl/tablefig.htm

Craig
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