[clug-talk] OT: Work table selection [Solved!]

Mark Carlson carlsonmark at gmail.com
Tue May 23 21:58:10 PDT 2006

Top-posting with original problem at the end:

I ended up going the DIY route and made a bench out of Unistrut and
stained 3/4" birch plywood.

There is more info and pictures here:

To summarize:
-113lbs of steel, a 6'x2.5' worksurface & a 6'x1.5' shelf
-Total(ish) cost: $500
-Same size as the $1000 bench... don't know if it'll hold 600lbs, but
it'll hold over 300lbs without flexing more than a few mm.
-I was reminded of why I'm not a woodworker
-I took way too many trips to the hardware store
-I like OO.o calc's html export feature

WooHoo! Long weekend projects are fun :-)


On 5/3/06, Mark Carlson <carlsonmark at gmail.com> wrote:
> Warning: long question ahead, if you don't want to read it, here is a
> short form you can answer: "what do you use for a workbench/computer
> desk?"
> Hello again,
> Well, my card table is getting pretty wobbly, and my Ikea computer
> desk is becoming pretty much useless.  I have been looking into
> purchasing a new workbench for a few weeks now, and was really
> impressed with this little number:
> http://pbasics.com/ergonomicworkbenches/standalonestations__437_workstation30x72.cfm
> (tinyurl: http://tinyurl.com/n4y3b )
> A place in town ( http://active-tech.ca ) carries the line, and I was
> just about to buy one with a shelf for the hefty sum of ~$800.  That
> was out of my budget already, but when I went to get a quote, they
> said they would have to charge an extra $250 for shipping.
> Unfortunately, I'm not made of money, so now I'm looking for something
> less pricey.  I suppose I can do without the modularity, but the work
> surface will probably end up facing some serious scratching, stray
> solder/soldering irons, and heavyish equipment (well, a couple hundred
> pounds anyways.)
> So, my requirements are:
> - Durable surface (or can replace it for under $100)
> - Can hold a few hundred pounds
> - A shelf would be nice
> - Need to get a chair under it
> - Large enough (30"x72" surface would be ideal)
> - Need to get a keyboard+monitor on there somehow
> That leaves me with a few options:
> - 2xSawhorse+Plywood
> - - I can only hope this would handle throwing on an 80lb computer or
> a 50lb 'scope
> - Get an Ikea table and either cover it with something or keep replacing it
> - - They tend to fall apart after a few years :-(
> - Use a rack system like readyrack or gorilla rack
> - - This looks to be the best option so far
> I suppose I could use the racks to hold some of the equipment that
> won't be moving much as well as for doing soldering/prototyping on,
> and then get a decent computer desk for the computer stuff.
> So my question to you all is this:
> What is your computer setup like? (What do you have your computers set up on?)
> and
> Do you know of any other solution that would fit my needs?
> I appreciate your time, and await your responses, (hey, isn't it
> always fun to talk about your setups?)
> -Mark

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