I have a lot of plans for organization and personalization of the workshop, but because of time constraints they tend to happen in fits and starts. The collapse of my extreme-hoarder-style piles of stuff finally forced me to start another fit of cleaning and organization. Part of that organizing requires that I begin my journey to a decent and proper workbench. Up until now, I have been working off of whatever I could pile on top of some sawhorses. My most recent workbench incarnation has been a piece of 1-1/2 inch thick beech butcherblock counter-top from Ikea tossed on top of some plastic sawhorses. The issue with this "solution" is that it produces no storage, it moves across the floor whenever it feels like it, and I tend to clutter it with stuff because it is over three feet deep.
The irony of this situation is that I haven't been able to start my Roubo bench for handwork because I need a home for some of my larger powertools and assorted stuff that crowds the rest of the shop. I need a spot for my lathe, drill press, radial arm saw, compressor, and some other assorted items. Until now, I have done most of my work by shuffling stuff around in the shop until I had space, this is beyond frustrating and extremely inefficient. Additionally, I have ruined more than one work surfaces while restoring hand tools and doing assorted metalwork that I definitely don't want to use on my Roubo top.
|Clearing Out The Workshop Junk|
|Ledger and Lumber|
The photo below is of a small trick that many woodworkers know always comes in handy when making repetitive cuts. I only measure one piece and mark it with a T (for template...not for terrible) and use it over and over to mark the other pieces. This way I avoid any compounding error that would come from using a different piece every time and it saves me the time of measuring each piece. Another good method is to clamp a stop to one end of the saw fence and use that to get an accurate dimension for many cuts.
|I Needed 13 - 2' pieces of 2x6|
|Pencil - T!|