Woodworker’s Journal reader Dave Wolfe of Yorktown, Virginia, picked up the Fall ’08 Weekend Woodworking publication on the newsstand, and found inspiration in the “Easy-to-Build Storage Cabinets” article.
He meant to build one. That effort, however, “ended up becoming an all-winter project that eventually covered an entire wall with cabinets and a new workbench, and eliminated years of clutter.”
Dave also upgraded his tool collection: “Until I started this project, my entire power tool inventory consisted of a drill, sabre saw and a circular saw. In the process, I’ve upgraded significantly, adding a table saw, routers and bits, air nailers with compressor, and, of course, lots of accessories.”
The workbench Dave built is composed of a piece of 3/4" pressure-treated plywood that serves as the base for the oak work surface. He said the oak was leftover oak tongue-and-groove flooring from his father’s house that he helped install as a kid. “It’s been stacked in his attic all these years, so it gave me a real sense of satisfaction to tie it into my project.”
In fact, Dave says his project is “100 percent functional and eliminated years of clutter and finally gave me a place to work again. I REALLY enjoyed the project.”