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Doug Jewell
12-22-2008, 5:39 PM
I want to build a worktable along one wall which will have a radial arm saw mounted in the center and shelving above. The whole thing should be about 17 feet long. Have built the shelves and am about to mount them, now I need plans for the workbench. I''m doing that just now, thought I''s irregularities. I''m not building this with anything fancy. Just recovered 2X4s and 42X30 cafe tabletops from a construction recycling vendor here in town. The hardware cost me much more than the lumber and tops (I think a total of $13 plus tax for the material). Of course, I spent three-plus hours digging out nails and staples from the lumber, but I don''d built the full blown workbench (less drawers) last year using a solid core door pulled from a dumpster downtown tossed during a law firm''m toying with the idea of making some improvements to the bench once I"m done with the RAS benches.

Here'' door that I''ll find a laminated counter top to replace my worn out saw surface. Still thinking about the fence question. Also, I have to set the saw a fair amount away from the wall so I can rotate the raising wheel on top. I was debating making the supports out of 3/4 or 1-" plywood, but maybe your idea for the built up legs is the best way to go.

Thanks for your advice,
Doug

Dave Potter
12-22-2008, 9:30 PM
Dave,
I like your approach. Are you planning to put a table top on the saw at the same level as the adjacent surfaces? What about a fence at the back?

I looked at the plans example and like the way they put drawers under the table and then a bench shelf at the bottom. I have a solid core 8''m planning to rip lengthwise to make my side tables. Think I''m planning on the RAS''ve got the right-hand one done now and just finished the frame for the left hand one tonight. Have to wait for the glue to dry and as I work two jobs, I''t free standing but I have an absolute ton of drawer storage space.

For a nice cantilevered station that could be modified for a RAS check out Jim Beckers homepage and go to projects. You should be able to find a post of his somewhere around here.

I wasn''s drawer storage and Dewey''ve got my creative juices flowing!! Dewey, I appreciate the materials cutout schedule, but do you have a blow-up drawing of the assembled piece? I particularly would like to see how the drawers are assembled and mounted in the frame.

Thanks guys,
Doug

Dewey Torres
12-27-2008, 2:08 PM
Doug,
Sorry it took me so long to get back to you:

The drawer is just a flat pc of 1/2" ply with which rides in a channel made from aluminum track (BORG)

Hopefully the pics help. (Sorry they are kind of dark) If not PM me your address and I will mail you the plans as long as you send them back to me when you are done.

Andy Casiello
12-27-2008, 3:40 PM
For wall bench space I used unfinished cabinets from Lowes and countertop material. Three six foot sections for 18''s a few shots.

http://acasiello.dyndns.org:83/photos/shop/shop%20151.jpg

http://acasiello.dyndns.org:83/photos/shop/shop%20145.jpg

http://acasiello.dyndns.org:83/photos/shop/bench%203.jpg

Dave Potter
12-28-2008, 8:04 AM
Andy:

Nicely done!

Dave P.

Doug Jewell
12-29-2008, 7:04 PM
Dewey & Andy,
More great ideas! Thanks.

Dewey, how smooth does the channel track work? I looked at ones my brother-in-law had made over Christmas and he used roller bearing tracks that allowed the drawer to pull completely out of the cabinet. Very nice and convenient, but certainly more expensive than what you did. I plan to put a fair amount of weight in the drawers, and am concerned the channel approach may not run smoothly. What do you think?

Thanks,
Doug

Dewey Torres
12-29-2008, 7:24 PM
I waxed mine and some run smoother than others. The main thing with this design is the width of the bottom of the drawer which serves as the double duty as the runner.
Nothing with this design will ever equal the smoothness of ball bearing slides so your call. Slides are best bought in bulk for a big project like this.
In the end... they are shop cabinets. Some shops have more elaborate cabinets but I built these right after I made the 12 drawer bank for under my workbench and to be quite honest, I was looking for something fast and cheap so I could get on with some projects which could live outside the shop. I think they came out ok but none of them work like my kitchen cabinets... then again they are all shallow so none will be under heavy load even when packed. If I were to make a deep drawer which would have heavy stuff loaded in it I might so with slides.

Doug Jewell
12-30-2008, 5:51 PM
Dewey,
Thanks for that info. I plan to make these drawers large to hold some relatively heavy stuff, soooooooo---- do you know a good supplier of tracks that are strong and cost effective?
Thanks,
Doug

Dewey Torres
12-30-2008, 7:01 PM
Look through these and pick your depth. If you can afford it go with full ext.

http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1230681182/ref=sr_pg_1?ie=UTF8&rs=&keywords=kv%20drawer%20slides&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Akv%20drawer%20slides&page=1

I am not sure but I think I bought mine off Amazon. KVs are nice

Doug Jewell
01-03-2009, 6:44 PM
Dewey,
Thanks for the info. I''ll probably buy the KV 20" ones.

BTW, are you a retired Command Senior Chief?
Doug

Negative

Active Duty and if I make Master Chief I will stay a few more years.

Jay Yoder
01-03-2009, 9:02 PM
I have used the KV's, granted only the 8", but very smooth. WW hardware was great to deal with too!!

Joe Chritz
01-04-2009, 2:47 AM
Custom service hardware has a entry level ball bearing slide. It is the cheapest I have found anywhere for slides and everyone I have used has been very good. All the drawers in my work station are using those slides, 28" or 30" slides if I recall correctly.

Plan on ordering in lots of 15 for the best price.

Joe

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