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    I am thinking of building a workbench/table for for my scrollsaw.

    What I had in mind was to build a scrollsaw bench that would allow you to use a standard height computer chair rather than the stool I currently use for my Dewalt.

    Has anyone here tried that? if so I am curious how it turned out.

    What I have in mind is a low bench( for the saw) with a higher work surface to either side made with 2 x 4 's (with Kreg pocket hole joinery) and 3/4 plywood for the top.

    What gave me the idea was the RBI Hawk that has the table that allows wheelchair access....same idea but as a bench instead.

    Any suggestions /comments would be great.

    Thanks,

    Dan

  • #2
    I have a long wooden kitchen table that I have cut down the legs on, to where the top is just over my legs when I'm sitting in my chair. I have my scrollsaw, drill press, and sander on the table and can wheel around between them and my finishing table very easily. I would think a real workbench at that height would be great!

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    • #3
      It sounds like a great idea .

      My only comment would be to make the bench as heavy as possible so that vibration is minimised. My workbench is actually a redundant computer workstation which would be quite flimsy were it not for a slab of marble on top of it.

      Gill
      There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
      (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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      • #4
        The only problem I could see is for the occasions when you might want to stand - scrolling a larger piece for instance - you would have to bend over a long way with a low table.
        Ian

        Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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        • #5
          My thought exactly, Ian. I usually sit but occasionally stand and scroll just to stretch my back. If I sat that low I'd eventually end up with a beer in one hand and a cigar in the other.
          Mike

          Craftsman 16" VS, Puros Indios and Sam Adams!
          Scrollin' since Jun/2006

          My Gallery

          http://scrollcrafters.com (reciprocal links welcomed)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MikeDingas
            If I sat that low I'd eventually end up with a beer in one hand and a cigar in the other.
            And the problem would be...?
            There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
            (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Gill
              And the problem would be...?
              The sawdust gets in the beer and makes it taste funny!
              Gary

              My saw - Axminster AWSF18

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Gill
                And the problem would be...?
                No hands left to scroll with?
                Ian

                Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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                • #9
                  Dan, I have 4 work benches in my shop and made all of them by using those cheap kitchen countertops that are sold in varying lengths at Home Depot or Lowe's ($35.00 for an 8 footer). As for the base/legs 2 x 6s or 2 x 4s work great depending on what type of tool/machine you plan to mount on top. Each of my benches also have a storage shelf underneath. What I like most about using these countertops is that they are really easy to clean...that includes my finishing bench and all the stain that gets on it.
                  Todd

                  Hawk G4, Dremel 1800

                  Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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                  • #10
                    My saw sits a bit higher than the surrounding benches...just a hair higher. If you have any tables/benches beside the saw and they are higher than the saw table, you have to move the saw to scroll large pieces. I like the workbench to be close by..within hands reach, so I can put cut pieces on it, or grab another blade, or my coffee cup.
                    Jeff Powell

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for all the input. I really like the idea of using the countertop.

                      Now I just need an idea for how not to freeze my butt off.

                      I have a heater sold by Costco that heat just objects but it does not work that good.

                      My scroll saw used to be inside but I have since been sent to the garage by the (boss).

                      What do use to heat your shops?

                      Dan

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                      • #12
                        My wife's a red head...all I have to do is piss her off !

                        I have a modine "hot dawg"...propane overhead vented blast heater...perfect for heating a garage, costs about $1000 and that should include installation.
                        Jeff Powell

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                        • #13
                          My wife has red hair as well...so I know how brave you are to say something like that <GRIN>

                          Bob
                          www.GrobetUSA.com

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                          • #14
                            I also have the radiant heater from Costco that I have directed toward my scroll saw station. I fixed the tip switch on the bottom and have hung it from the ceiling so it points down to where I am working. I also have a kerosine heater to take the chill off of the rest of the shop. It takes awhile to heat up the shop, but if I start it about an hour before I go out to work, it does help. However, it sounds like it is going to be cold enough here this weekend that even that won't help much, so I don't think I'll get much done this weekend.
                            Bill

                            I have an RBI Hawk 220-3 VS

                            Visit my Gallery
                            and website www.billswoodntreasures.com

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                            • #15
                              in my vast workshop (8'x6'8'') i use an oil filled radiator which works perfect for my needs.
                              kevin/pitbull.

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