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« on: May 12, 2016, 11:44:12 am »

Greetings everyone, let me start off saying that I am new to the DIY aspect of steampunk, and was wounding if any of you have any suggestions on a desk I could get to started with, as if right now I'm rather limited on my options

I could go to

office depot

Fry's electronics

Target

Or Fred myers (that is if they have desks at all, I think they do)
Your  suggestions are appreciated  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2016, 05:48:48 pm »

Hello and welcome!

I would say it depends what you want to do.

I have made a few good solid workbenches from interior doors- yes, the thin ply over cardboard honeycomb cheapo ones- an idea I saw in a ham radio book.
They are light but remarkably strong*, and can be held up on trestles, legs or battens on opposing walls, and have lots of area.

They will hold a small vice, with care in mounting, but I don't recommend using them to beat out armour plating...  Grin. With a frame underneath though, they will support an ex-mil radio that weighs around 100lb...

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2016, 06:25:33 pm »

Always worth checking goodwill and similar places first.
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2016, 09:09:39 pm »

Always worth checking goodwill and similar places first.

Not just for purpose built work benches either, a solidly built table or an old desk will make a good bench. Often you may be able to pick something up extremely cheap especially if it has missing veneer or deep scratches or something else which prevents it from being a nice piece of furniture.

An alternative worth baring in mind if you are after a standing bench is old kitchen units, there will usually be someone in your area getting a new kitchen a few cupboards for storage and a section of worktop will make a very solid bench top. You can always sit at it on a bar stool.
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2016, 08:22:49 am »

An alternative worth baring in mind if you are after a standing bench is old kitchen units, there will usually be someone in your area getting a new kitchen a few cupboards for storage and a section of worktop will make a very solid bench top. You can always sit at it on a bar stool.

^^^^^   this!

I have used surplused kitchen base units to support surplused formica countertops as a workbench.
very strong, easy to mod as needed, relatively solder-resistant and easy to cleanup!

The old kitchen cabinets are a great starting point for any wooden  victorianish furniture project.

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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2016, 08:08:58 pm »

An alternative worth baring in mind if you are after a standing bench is old kitchen units, there will usually be someone in your area getting a new kitchen a few cupboards for storage and a section of worktop will make a very solid bench top. You can always sit at it on a bar stool.

^^^^^   this!

I have used surplused kitchen base units to support surplused formica countertops as a workbench.
very strong, easy to mod as needed, relatively solder-resistant and easy to cleanup!

The old kitchen cabinets are a great starting point for any wooden  victorianish furniture project.

yhs
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On a similar note I use old bedroom units with a sheet of 1/4 ply on top!
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2016, 09:27:36 pm »

If you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore outlet nearby you might find most of the materials you need there.
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2016, 04:06:38 pm »

I have both an old desk (from a police station) and a run of 1960s kitchen cabinets - now if I can only get the clean-up man to finish cleaning out the workshop, I might be able to use them!
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2016, 09:35:58 pm »

...now if I can only get the clean-up man to finish cleaning out the workshop...

Tsk, tsk, tsk, saying such dirty things on a public forum!
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2016, 12:00:12 pm »

Well, it has taken 12 months to get to this stage, and the bloody fella goes off to Bermagui fishing!
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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2016, 03:54:38 pm »

You can find metal filing cabinets (3 drawer) at goodwill or surplus stores. If you find two the same size they make a great base for a workbench. A piece of kitchen counter, a door or a thick piece pf plywood make a top.

If you just want to purchase something new, you can buy workbenches at the hardware store.
I was gifted a Kobalt workbench from Lowes and it's been very nice but a little light and noisy for heavy banging.  I use it for all my detail and electrical work with heavy work done on other benches. I replaced the crappy fiberboard top with a piece of oak plywood which overhangs on the front a few inches to make it easier to brush off. Here's a link to it. http://www.lowes.com/pd_484712-55738-3DPCWB2013___?productId=50109236&pl=1&Ntt=workbench#img

Here's a pic of it in my shop. It works well in a corner. As you can see, the bench will become what you make of it as you progress and find your direction.

Harbor freight also has a very nice workbench for cheap. I don't think you could build it for less money. I've seen them in the store and they're very well put together and heavy. Get a 20% coupon and you're just over $100.  If I just wanted to pay some money and have a nice workbench I'd go with that. http://www.harborfreight.com/60-in-4-drawer-hardwood-workbench-69054.html
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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2016, 04:21:00 pm »

This rolling cart from harbor freight (~$35) makes a great workstation for tools that aren't good to have on the work desk or need a lot of safe space around them. You can set it up and roll it off into a corner when you don't need it. At one point I had a power strip attached to it with tools plugged it. I could roll it out and plug in the power strip when I needed it and get it out of the way when I was done. I'm using it for my torch now so I don't have to clear a large fireproof section on my workbenches.
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