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Old 10-07-2004, 10:43 PM   #1
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Gunsmithing workbench Ideas

Hello all,

I am going to build a indoor workbench for gunsmithing. Gets to hot in the garage in Arizona. The workbenches in the stores and over priced and flimsy in my opinion. The nice ones are $300 and up. I can build this one for $100 or less and end up with a Better bench.

Has anyone here done the same? If so what "extras" did you add to it? It will have a smooth formica top and a lower shelf to kick my feet up. I know I will have a built in power strip and a Good vise on the end.

I don't really want any drawers built in. I will build a wooden machinist style tool chest to sit on top. I will have room on one end for a reloading press, someday when I get around to it.

The size will be 6 or 7ft long and 28" wide. Any pics of yours would be great too.


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Old 10-08-2004, 03:35 AM   #2
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I went to Home Depot and bought a Simpson Strong Tie work bench kit http://www.strongtie.com/products/DIY/KWB.html, 2x4's, and a laminate countertop. It cost <$75 for the materials, and an hour or two of my time.

It's nothing special, but it works (the laminate countertop is a breeze to clean), and it was a fun project that my 3yr old daughter got to help with (marking lines to cut and cleaning up sawdust)

I'll post a few pics later today (no pics of it on my laptop).
Old 11-19-2004, 08:54 PM   #3
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I went even more basic and built four legs of 4 by 4's..... then made edge pieces of 2 x 4's and laid two layers of 3/4 inch plywood on top... I can easily toss an engine block on it without any flex... I used huge wood screws with a hex head and used a ratchet to tighten all fasteners. the top lifts off if I need to ever move it / or to change to metal or laminate top.

Don't attach your bench to the walls.... if you pound you don't want stuff falling off the shelves or hooks. Lighting is an excellent investment.. rather too much than too little.
Old 11-20-2004, 07:32 AM   #4
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I am not sure that is possible to have too much light! I prefer flourescent lights since they are energy efficient and give off little heat. Heat is not a problem in Virginia during the winter, but during the hot and humid summer, whoa!!!!

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