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Feb 23, 2016

A New House Gets a New Workbench

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ManMade reader Alan recently bought his first home, going from a one-bedroom apartment in a busy urban neighborhood to a three-bedroom house just south of downtown Portland, gaining lots of space and a new sense of quiet. 

On the top of his list for the new spot? The same as many a ManMade reader: a new place to work on his own household, creative, and DIY projects. First step - a new workbench in his new garage to provide a solid surface to bang around, and keep his tools organized.     

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Alan says, 

The new workbench would be the starting point for a bunch of my other projects this year so it made sense to tackle it first. To start I combed through Pinterest for the best workbenches and looked for modifications that I would want on my workbench. Even though the perception is that Pinterest is only good for weddings, crafts, and food recipes, there is a ton of great content there for woodworking and workshops and is perfect for visually searching. I decided to base my design off a simple Family Handyman design and then customize it to make it longer, more durable, and add more storage.

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The top consists of a double layer of MDF, laminated with glue and held together with short screws for a secure bond. There's a nice little cut out in the base shelf for a stool, and some cool features, like a "sweep hole" cut out for easily getting dust and chips into the garbage, and, of course, a bottle opener. I like that it's a great garage design, intended for all sorts of household tasks and repair projects, as well as leather and paper crafting, some light woodworking, and the like. 

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Check out the full build process on Alan's Medium post - My First Side Project of 2016: Building a Workbench

 

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