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The Make blog reports on a great set of Flickr photos showing how Jim (a.k.a. bondcliff) built a large bench in his new workshop. The picture above shows his Megabench, which he has divided into a “tool” side on the left, and a “nerd” side on the right. The nerd side includes his electronics and craft tools plus an old PC running Ubuntu. The tool side has your usual assortment of — surprise! — tools. There’s a nice shelf running above the entire length to help keep “clutter” off the benches. A series of outlets over the shelf also runs the length of the benches.

The surface for both benches is 3/4″ plywood with hardboard on top. The frame and legs are 2× material; 5/8″ carriage bolts attach the legs to the frames.

A well-planned and executed layout. Nicely done, Jim!

bondcliff’s photostream [Flickr]

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7 Responses to Megabench: More Than Meets The Eye

  1. Rick says:

    Forget the bench. Check out his kids Halloween costume from 2009.. NOW THAT is awesome!


  2. Shalin says:

    Beauty. 😉 Good inspiration for my garage organization, etc. project this summer… Thanks!

  3. shopmonger says:

    Nice, i love long workspaces, there is enough room for some projects, and the clutter that they provide……….


  4. russ says:

    Ahhh, the advantage of an unfinished basement! There are very few down here in the SE unless your house is on a hill and it has a walkout basement. I like the long bench.

  5. Mike says:

    Nice! I would like to point out that those look like 3/8″ bolts, not 5/8″ as stated.

  6. Brau says:

    Yep, like Eagle-eye Mike said, those clearly appear to be 5″ long 3/8″ carriage bolts. Very nice bench, clearly built with care and attention. Wish I had the room for that kind of length. One thing seems odd though; everything is soo nice and straight but for the shelf which appears to be slightly s-shaped (bowed). Having done the rest so well, it would be a shame to allow it to remain that way.

  7. Bubbub says:

    Off topic perhaps, but I’ve always wondered how do you keep bugs from nesting behind a perf board.

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