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Old Oct 25, 2012, 08:57 AM
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Here is the workbench I just overbuilt.
I like it. May take some ideas from this. Thanks for sharing.
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Old Oct 25, 2012, 01:10 PM
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plane-tech, what was the top you put on it? And for your information....one can NEVER overbuild a workbench
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Old Oct 25, 2012, 01:31 PM
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Its bathroom wall paneling. It has one glossy surface and one unfinished surface. The back part is listed as a hardwood, but it is similar to MDF, and it cost ~$12 for a 4x8 sheet.
I have used it in the past and like to use it a workbench top. It is very smooth so it is easy to lay out plans, squares sit flush, there are no splinters to catch on anything. Also, with it being white, it reflex a lot of light and make it easier for me to see, especially when I drop small parts.
I trim the top flush with a trim router laminate bit, then get a length of aluminum angle to secure the edges down on three sides. When the top surface gets to badly used, i remove the front trim, slide out the sheet, turn it around and reinstall. This also gives you an 1/8" lip to prevent items from rolling off the bench, as well as a very nice straight edge the entire length and depth of your top.

DPI 1/8"D x 4'W x 8'H White Hardboard Wall Panel
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 10:23 PM
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Nice and foamy

Foam inside the walls and ceiling. Drywall is being installed in the house right now. Phew...what a mess.
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 10:35 PM
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Nice. Will you have an evaporator or A/C?

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Old Oct 31, 2012, 10:42 PM
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The plan is to install a mini-split heatpump (A/C & Heat).
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 10:43 PM
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Don't forget to wire the ceiling for an elevated TV or at least speakers
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Old Nov 01, 2012, 01:41 AM
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Don't forget to wire the ceiling for an elevated TV or at least speakers
Good point! Speaker wires at the least!

I was able to run coax into my shop. Cable TV baby!

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Old Nov 01, 2012, 09:08 PM
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I stopped by the house today and discovered that the entire garage & workshop had the drywall up! I was happy at first...but now I've got two things that are troubling me:

1) My workshop has an attic door but the garage does not. I know they said they weren't going to give me two drop down doors so where is my access door for the garage attic?

2) They installed my lift doors first and bolted them to the joists and walls. When they added drywall to the ceiling, they cut holes around the brackets. Thought they would have unbolted the brackets first and then put them back in place. Again, you never know what's going to happen to your home unless you sit and watch.

Does anyone else have a finished garage ceiling with the brackets attached like mine? I think it looks pretty crappy but I'm not sure if there is a reason for this.

Heading out of town this weekend so I'll try to come back with photos next week.
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Old Nov 02, 2012, 10:16 AM
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1) That will be installed after the fact..... after you get this crappy contractor out of your house! Go to Home Depot, buy the one you want, then hire a reputable handyman to come put it in for you.

2) Subs. Drywall guys aren't going to undo a garage door and then put the brackets back up. They're going to drywall everything in site if the contractor is not there to have someone else handle stuff like that. The easiest way around it (although it will nag you every time you look up there) is to pick up a small bucket of drywall mud while you're at Depot picking up your pull-down door for the garage. Mud around the brackets and sand it smooth. No one else will EVER notice how they're mounted.

Step 3 is to enjoy the heck out of that new shop!
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Old Nov 02, 2012, 12:31 PM
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My house is done the same for the garage door stuff. The door requires some fussy settings so that's why it's mounted first then the drywall goes around the mount points. Even the 1/2 inch worth of drywall would require that the door be set up all over. Also there's the issue with finding the exact screw holes again.

If they don't fill in around the mounts just leave them. Or if it really bothers you then make up some nice fitted covers to add on over them later on.

John'sPop, I don't suggest that you or Yar' mud over the screws and brackets. SOMEONE, and likely it'll be Yar or you will hate you later one if the door needs to be switched out for some reason or eve to be adjusted a little.
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Old Nov 02, 2012, 03:31 PM
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I spose so Bruce.
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Old Nov 04, 2012, 08:43 PM
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Update - 11/4/12

I took some photos of the workshop today. Here is the room with the drywall in place. It feels a little smaller now but I think it will be enough for my needs (for now). I will be interviewing a cabinet maker soon for work inside the house. I'd like to get his thoughts for the workshop & garage. I've found several cool workshop designs on the internet and need to put together all the ideas that I like.

With the attic door's location, I can't install shelves or cabinets under it. I'd like to place some small screw bins there or possibly use the space for decoration. I have a lot of posters, plaques, and my own photos I'd like to put up there. I know it's a "workshop" but I should display some aviation prints too! A large P-38 mural would be awesome!

Opinions and questions welcome.

-Lee
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 07:42 AM
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One of these might be an option for your mobile workbench.



I got one for my dad's table saw and it's quite stable in the locked position. None of them seem to quite be workbench size as designed, but I'd imagine you could use the corner pieces at the legs without the pieces connecting them.

http://woodworking.rockler.com/c/mobile-bases
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