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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    North Central Texas

    Default Hybrid Workbench

    To me, blending woodworking and metalworking allows a better project. I used my Miller Thunderbolt AC/DC to weld a 10' by 30" metal framework of 3X3 tubing with 1/4" wall thickness. Added support framework for storage shelving is welded between the wheelbase using 2X2 angle iron 1/4" thick. With a metal framework, the span below the workbench tops is extremely open and allows much more unobstructed storage. 1-1/8" oak is attached to the metal framework with countersunk and plugged self-tapping screws. In the second photo, you can see the spacing of the doors and wood framework stiles. To help seal the lower storage area from dust or spills, plywood is screwed to 1/2X1/2" angle iron which was caulked and painted with an oil base paint (yellow surfaces).

    Also, below the center folding doors is a long thin shelf made of 2X2 by 1/4" thick angle iron. It supports thick Masonite covers I use for the workbench Maple, Oak, and Walnut 2" thick tops when I'm working on heavy or greasy metal projects. When finished, they simply slide under and out of the way.

    The "T-Shaped" length of 8ft. by 38" wide with the top of the "T" being 6'-6" by 36" wide. A 6'-6" tool tray is 12" wide and 5" deep. Total length of the mobile workbench is 12' and is on 6" casters that have brakes. Total cost of the finished workbench, including all the two "Twin Screw" wood-jaw vise-kits, was $850.00.

    Question: After seeing so many hits on this post, I'm asking for MORE of you to let me know what you think of the "T-Shape" design, too.

    Last edited by BilljustBill; 02-25-2006 at 01:46 PM. Reason: Question

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    That's a beautiful work bench, Bill it'd be a shame to get it dirty! Truley a work of art! Thanks for sharing.
    Arcin' and Sparkin', Rocky D

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  3. #3


    That's very nice, Bill. I wish I was better at woodworking!


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Albuquerque, NM


    I had just about quit woodworking when I started welding, guess I should look at doing both. All I need is the time, great project, and useful too.
    Regards, George

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2006


    Good lookin' stuff, dude! Excellent combo of two great arts!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Green Bay, WI


    Very nice, almost too nice. Wouldn't want to be the guy who puts the first scratch in the top.
    When in doubt Weld It

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    Absolutely beautiful. I only wish I had woodworking skills like that. Its almost a shame to know that it is going to be used for metal working too. I wouldn't have the heart to scratch it.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Six Mile, Texas

    Default Nice Nice Nice

    My Friend that is to nice to be used in a shop. I would have had to build a cover over it or stored it in my house. Keep up the nice work!!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Southeast Louisiana


    Substaintial unit and I agree it would better fit in my house than in the shop. Great job,

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    S.W. Pennsylvania


    If I had a table that nice I would be afreid to work on it. Wouldn't want to get it dirty.
    To all who contribute to this board.
    My sincere thanks , Pete.

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