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A Wired Workbench (Digital Plan)

A Wired Workbench (Digital Plan)
by John White
Digital Project Plan

When the editors of FWW decided to design a workbench for power tools, they had to throw out much of what they’d always felt a typical workbench should be. This is not a bench designed for handplaning, but for routing, drilling, sanding, and other power-tool techniques. So it has a built-in source of electricity and dust collection, it’s taller than traditional benches, and it’s wider. The front and tail vises are replaced by a simple but effective clamping system; the benchdogs have softer heads that won’t dent workpieces; and locking casters underneath the bench make it mobile.

SKILL LEVEL:
Beginner

FINISHED SIZE:
32 in. deep by 47-1/2 in. wide by 33-1/2 in. tall (72-in.-tall hose support at back), plus casters

PLAN INCLUDES:

  • Scale drawing
  • Detailed cutlist
  • SketchUp drawing

REQUIREMENTS

  • Google SketchUp (free download available here).
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    When the editors of FWW decided to design a workbench for power tools, they had to throw out much of what they’d always felt a typical workbench should be. This is not a bench designed for handplaning, but for routing, drilling, sanding, and other power-tool techniques. So it has a built-in source of electricity and dust collection, it’s taller than traditional benches, and it’s wider. The front and tail vises are replaced by a simple but effective clamping system; the benchdogs have softer heads that won’t dent workpieces; and locking casters underneath the bench make it mobile.

    SKILL LEVEL:
    Beginner

    FINISHED SIZE:
    32 in. deep by 47-1/2 in. wide by 33-1/2 in. tall (72-in.-tall hose support at back), plus casters

    PLAN INCLUDES:

    • Scale drawing
    • Detailed cutlist
    • SketchUp drawing

    REQUIREMENTS

  • Google SketchUp (free download available here).
  •  

    Additional Information
    Extra Ever wish you could get a digital project plan that allowed you to customize the design to suit your own needs? Here they are! Digital project plans in SketchUP, the free Google drawing program.

    Are there any other advantages? For starters, you'll get your plan immediately. Your digital plan will consist of drawings in PDF format, with detailed, measured drawings and a cutlist. Full-size drawings are included for critical parts and templates. All of the drawings can be printed on a typical consumer-grade computer printer -- the larger template drawings can be taped together or you can take the file on a disc or flash drive (or email) to a local copy center for printing on Arch D size paper. The projects also have written instructions to guide you through construction process. If you want to modify one of the projects, the SketchUp version of the plan will be perfect for you.

    Available free from Google by clicking here, SketchUp allows you to manipulate the drawing and make as many changes as you like to fit your needs -- or make more substantial changes to the design. You're limited only by your creativity.

    If you need help using SketchUp, visit our blog Design.Click.Build. hosted by Tim Killen and David Richards.
    Author John White
    ISBN 978-1-60085-507-8
    Publication Year 2011
    Other Formats No
    Cover Digital Project Plan
    Format N/A
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