I worked on my shop this weekend by hanging some pegboard, and working on my “high” bench. It’s pretty much finished, and I’m pretty happy with it. I used enough wood to build it so it won’t feel so flimsy when I throw heavy objects on it. Everything is bolted or screwed together, so it should handle any kind of weight.
Here’s a detail of the counter top. It has two layers of 3/4 inch plywood that is supported by the 2X4s underneath. The supports are not flush with the edges of the counter so I can clamp things down to the table top without having to clear the thickness of a 2X4. On top of the plywood, I attached a layer of tempered masonite that is 1/8 of an inch thick which is roughly the same thickness of the steel angle iron finishing off the front nose of the counter. This edge with not only add support to the counter top, it will also give a strong straight edge to clamp and bend things.
As you can see, I’m already cluttering up the workbench with my tools, but soon I should be hanging some of them on the pegboard behind the workbench. Before anything goes on, however, I’m thinking of painting the pegboard with some white paint to reflect some more light back into the shop.
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