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Workbench plans
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 12:28 PM
Greetings from a long-time lurker.

First off, an apology if this is mis-labled or has been posted elsewhere, but it seems that the Workbench falls (at least marginally) into the "tools" section.

I have been blessed with an empty space in the basement. This is to be my workarea. I'm curious if anybody has any workbench plans/descriptions/photos they'd share. Of special interest is venting of spray booths (and the inherent danger of using an air-brush in the basement. I fear the pilot light).

Any information would be greatly appreciated.


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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 8:52 PM
When I was posting yesterday with saltydog I took some time to view his photo album. He's got images of some nice builds in there, but he also has his work area / workbench in a couple of shots. You may get a few ideas from his set up.

Hope that helps you out some.Propeller [8-]
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 4:14 AM
if yer in the basement, a dual carteridge respirator would be a good investment. i would say that a respirator is much cheaper than doctor's bills. now go build some models ! Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 5:08 AM

that pic was before a couple of minor re designs......
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 9:12 AM
It's not coming out until later this month, but wait until you see the article about Randy Fields' "ultimate" workshop in the November issue: It's the kind of workshop most of us can only dream about (and sooooooo neat!), but at least it gives one a goal to work toward.

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Posted by chopperfan on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 10:37 AM
If you have an outside vent in your basement and you are not close to the water heater? With a good exhaust fan and spray booth you shouldn't have a problem.
If you are still a little leary, you could always use acrylics for spraying.
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  • From: Burlington, Ontario Canada
Posted by gburdon on Friday, September 17, 2004 12:39 AM

In your photo of your workbench do you have cam nets attached to the joists?


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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 17, 2004 6:24 AM
Here's a couple of mine and my Spraybooth. I too am in the basement. I have a very good filter system on the booth. Works well. No fumes.

I used some cabinets that I picked up from a friend of a friend for a really good deal. I also made the workbenches from 5/8" particle board topped w/ 3/4" oak plywood and trimmed in oak banding (All left over from other house projects - well, I over bought on the wife's budget to accomodateEvil [}:)]. The balance was done over a couple of months. In the end I like a finished look to my shops (I also have a wood working shop). It makes me feel a little more professional, even though I am not very good.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 25, 2004 12:37 PM
Thanks for all the great tips. Much appreciated.
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  • From: Alice Springs Australia
Posted by tweety1 on Saturday, September 25, 2004 7:10 PM
Currently making a new workbench with booth attached.
The exhaust for the booth is a length of flexible tubing that I run out the window whenever I spray, and roll it up when I'm done.
Being in a company house, I can't make anything permanent at the moment, but the vent works well during testing.
--Sean-- If you are driving at the speed of light and you turn on the headlights, what happens???
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, September 27, 2004 10:24 AM
Yep!! just something to "hide" the joists!!! it makes it feel like it's nickname......"The Bunker"
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Posted by qmiester on Monday, September 27, 2004 6:51 PM
My modeling area is in the basement like yours and it has one exterior window. When I installed my paint booth, I removed the window (which was hinged at the top) and stored it. I then cut a piece of 3/4" plywood to just fit into the opening, cut a 4" hole in it into which I installed an exterior dryer vent. Painted it white to match the exterior of the house. Glued weather seal around the exterior edge and installed it with sheet rock screws. Used it for two years now and no problems. If I have too, I can just remove the plywood and reinstall the window (which was a good selling point to the wife)

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