I added a shelf to my old high back machine tool bench for my CNC controller and a PC. This is the bench I built for my original Grizzly mini-lathe and mini-mill. It is also where my first CNC machines came to life. More information is published in The Hobbyist’s Machine Shop. Follow the link.
I have a son and a daughter that are twins but they are not in this picture. Ha! What is here is my younger than today self and what I called the Grizzly twins. I think I used this picture in The Hobbyist Machine Shop when I first started writing it. I sold both of them (together) to a fellow who drove down from I believe Michigan just to pick them up.
I had them all tuned up and running sweet but decided to move up to the Lathemaster and the X3. I built the bench just to hold these two tools and the bench has seen a wide variety of machines mounted on its surface ever since.
I found this PIX while pursuing some old files and thought I’d share this blast from the past.
No biggie. I just posted some machining I did over in my The Hobbyist Workshop website. It was a small part of the article in the WOOD section called Low Work Bench. Click on link for a look see. It is about the middle of the article.
Not really much of a project as far as machining, but I will be machining a bracket for a hand screw to push on the puck. What it is, is a screw clamp to lock the drawer type bench in a fixed position.
After expending too many hours revising the THMS website, I got into the mood to get out in the shop and really start detailing the place. Several hours earlier before this picture was taken, this bench looked nothing like this. I am in a “put away” “tidy up” mood.
Actually I just put a new coat of polyurethane on the top since I had it so cleared off. I do that occasionally. The surface gets rubbed and scrapped off when I am working on things on the bench. You can see some old stain marks and where the X3 took a chunk out of the leading edge in “The Great Wreck”.
The red vice has swapped ends (some time ago). the original location was on the right side but then I built the Taig CNC mill bench. Both benches are extremely stable. The dark main bench is free standing and the CNC bench (light grey) is built in.
When I get a work in progress back on this bench, it will seem more like a workshop. Empty benches (like beaches) attract all sorts of non project flotsam and jetsam* if left in this present barren state too long. (*Yeah, I am a US Navy vet. I love nautical terms.)