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#21 John Goschke

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:37 AM

Table is 4' x 8'.  Usable work space that isn't covered with stuff and miscellaneous BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH is about 24"x12". Enough for my 12x12 glass surface plate and the scattered tools, paints and brushes I'm currently using. As the project goes along the work area gets smaller, then I get fed up and clean up enough to get back to work.


No pictures! Believe me you don't want to see where the sausage (or, since this is Pennsylvania, scrapple) gets made!


Well, here's ONE, but assume that the clutter extends WAY beyond the borders of the picture!



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:46 PM

Well take a look here:




Its done by now, I should put up some pics.



#23 Nick Winter

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:00 PM

Mine is a total of 14' long and around 4' deep, but I really only work of a area about 7' feet long (mind you I use it for most of my hobbies).



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:35 PM

MMM. John, Scrapple!

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:29 PM

I started working on my floor and then got a small drafting table that I use now. I could use more space but I also have other stuff on it.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:47 PM

I use part of my workbench in the garage. No basement, and a one car garage so I have to make use of what I have. It's plenty for me though.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:37 PM

Mine is only a pull out shelf in an old cabinet.  It works really well though because it protects things and gives plenty of storage.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:36 AM

currently building on the dinig table in the livingroom .....
all my stuff is in a cubbord in the livingroom

usually i build in my shed / workshop but thats too cold and to humigd in the winter .. i hope to build a space upstairs in the future , still redoing the whole upper floor and rearanging the rooms / walls and ceilings so that may take a while

but one thing is for sure a ficed workearea is great but its not a must , you can build anywhere

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:15 AM

Garage sale furniture and lamps





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Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:33 PM

my workbench is actually a custom microwave piece i made for my wife when we lived in NY...she remodeled that kitchen yrs after i built it...i was gonna trash it but i thought it would make a grt8 work bench and it did...moved it to FLA when i retired in '06....its set up in the back of my golf cart garage...perfect fit...




this is my outside work bench that i built...i do all my painting and on nice days some building out there



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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:35 PM

Here's mine, two tool boxes with out the wheels and a 10 foot kitchen counter top.  I have it set up for two so my Grandson can build with my.

Edited by AzTom, 03 March 2013 - 02:02 PM.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:15 PM

...but one thing is for sure a fixed work area is great but its not a must, you can build anywhere...


I agree Richard, all of my best builds in the past were done at the corner of the love seat and coffee table, I only got my current setup about a year and a half ago. The model in my avatar was built on the coffee table, along with many more that have hauled in 1st place at contests, it's not about where you build, but how much attention you give to each one!

#33 Rob McKee

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:26 PM

Neal, I just love your indoor workspace. Looks alot like my own.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:21 PM

Work table?? What's that???


I ain't Got NO place to work right now!!!!


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:55 PM

3'x8'...or so. I found a guy selling commercial exterior doors on Craigslist. They're something like 1.5" thick and the door handle hole has cords passing through it. Oh yeah, an electric pencil sharpener cord, too. I got a couple of those when my National Guard company got rid of them. Great for reference marks while cutting and kitbashing. The supports are a pair of 2-drawer file cabinets. One has hanging files in it to organize my Evergreen plastic sheet and strips. A file for each step up in size (.010", 015", .020", etc, then other shapes like half-round, tube, triangular, etc.) The work surface is a glass door from an old stereo cabinet. I don't know if those things are still made, but whenever I see one put out with the trash, I take it. I have 3 or 4 extras, and I've never broken one. Cleanup is a breeze; just use a razor to scrape off glue or paint. The flat surface is also great for getting things aligned, like making sure all 4 wheels are on the ground. No pictures...it looks like a bomb went off in there. :huh:


Oh yeah, I have a second one in the garage for the Sherline lathe and mill.

Edited by LDO, 10 February 2013 - 07:57 PM.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:37 AM

Here's my work table today while I stay warm by the fire. DSC04328_zps93724cc9.jpgNext it spreads to this.DSC04329_zps4966d733.jpgThen this in the kitchen.DSC04330_zpsfc4c9bde.jpgThen this back in the garage to paint.DSC04331_zps3cfe5bf4.jpgAnd this my original work table in the garage a mess as usual. DSC04332_zps7bf6e61e.jpgAnd this by 1:00 pm blocking the garage door so she can't get in.DSC04333_zpsf609d501.jpgAnd now to get the whole mess cleaned up before the Wife gets home or I could end up in the dog house.  Maybe not such a good plan after all.

Edited by rmvw guy, 11 February 2013 - 08:05 AM.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:11 AM

I have a little 4X4 card table that I work on. It's not the size of the table, it's the....wait...I'm thinking of something else...nevermind. :lol:

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

I have an L shaped workbench that was built to fit into the space I had. The long leg is 18"x60" and the short leg is 24"x45". The short leg is where I do most of the work and is covered with a glass top while the long leg holds paint racks, tools etc.


It is my believe though, that no workbench can be too big and any workbench will soon fill up projects and stuff. Even if I start with a completely clean bench I'm usually down to a clear space about 18x12 within a couple of days of work.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

The work surface is a glass door from an old stereo cabinet. I don't know if those things are still made, but whenever I see one put out with the trash, I take it. I have 3 or 4 extras, and I've never broken one. Cleanup is a breeze; just use a razor to scrape off glue or paint. The flat surface is also great for getting things aligned, like making sure all 4 wheels are on the ground. No pictures...it looks like a bomb went off in there. :huh:



Funny thing,  my work surface is the clear glass lens from a Xerox machine. It's thick glass and will never break. This is the part where you put the page you wish to copy.  When I was cleaning out my father's garage to sell the house, I found it, NOS in it's original package.  I asked him how the heck it got there. He said back when he was working the Xerox tech came to fix their machine and left it there. So being the packrat he was, he took it.  He figured it would be useful one day. Not within his lifetime but I know he'd smile!

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

mine is an L shape - 8' long over all. 4' wide on one end and 2' wide on the smaller end ,, the wide end is 4' by 2' so that makes the thin end 6' by 2'


basically I needed a 6' by 2' piece of plywood so I just took the rest and made an L shaped  work bench out of it . all sitting approx 4' up on a wooden frame


ACTUAL work area is approx 18" by 18" , ,,,,,,,,time for a cleanup and re-organize.



Prior to and shortly after  my wife and I were 1st married, I worked at the kitchen table or a small desk in the bedroom. wasn't long after that I moved to a slightly bigger desk in the spare bedroom, then same bench in a corner of the  downstairs family room of our first house . NOW, I have the big bench in a bigger house . Funny things is I always seem to end up with about the same size work area

Edited by gtx6970, 11 February 2013 - 03:03 PM.