Work bench and Jigging table

So, I’ve decided to build a new work bench. The most over-engineered,  biggest, strongest most man like table ever built.

My last bench has been good to me but its 10 years old now and feeling a bit used, abused and outdated. I have been looking around surfing the web and there is some great gear out there but the bench I want is over $15,000 to buy,  which I cannot justify.

So, this is why I’m going to have a crack and build my own.

IMG_5361To start off, I have purchased and just received a new steel plate for the bench top. Its 3m long by 1.5m wide and 19mm thick. Weighing in just over 600kg.

IMG_5463Here we are marking out the layout for the 1,000,000 holes we are about to drill.

IMG_5464We have marked a 50 x 50mm grid measured absolutely square and are drilling a 100 x 100 pattern with every centre of the 4 holes drilled also.

IMG_5465Setting up to drill.

IMG_5513She’s looking good but taking a long time. At least 5 minutes per hole.

To be continued….


Hi again!.  Fast track almost a year forward.  sorry for the lack of posts, but work, life and other projects got in the way. Since the purchase of the new steel bench top I have just put it on the old bench with a few gluts and have been using it like that ever since.

Throughout that time i have still been drilling holes. Slowly but surely it will get done but so far managing as it is.

2016-05-12 15.41.55_resultHere it is at present, almost fully drilled. Saying that its taken longer to get the mill scale off the steel than drilling the holes.

2016-04-28 14.31.16_resultIn the mean time, i have been building a few tool holder plates with matching hole pattern. Here you can see my three vices. The ability to mount them anywhere on the table excites me with endless possibilities and positions to mount them anywhere on the table.

2016-05-06 11.58.52_resultAnother quick little side project, inspired from the vises is this adjustable stand.  I’ve actually made 3 of them. This will be used for when building long or odd shape projects on the table and with these stands i can support the job and use the clamps, or bolt down a vise, whatever. love the possibilities..

2016-05-19 11.51.47_resultAnother devise made to hold my barrel grinder. Previously i would of had to clamp it in the vise.

2016-06-30 12.12.29_resultAlright, enough stuffing around. Its been too long. Time to make the sturdy table base. Ironically I’m using the table to make the table on the old table. The frame im using 100 x 100 x 6 Steel SHS this thing is going to weigh a tonne. Ive left the ends of the frame open on purpose. In the near future ive got a few ideas in my head for a telescopic section of some sort. Dunno yet..

2016-06-30 13.13.41_resultAlmost finished and ready to flip onto its wheels.

2016-06-30 13.40.11_resultThe big day has come, to flip the table base over and lift the top off the old table.

2016-07-01 16.45.05_resultOne last pic of my old table. She’s been good to me, around 12 years of service. Sold it to a mate.



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