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TWP9: Jigs, Anti-Bird Birdhouses, and Outdoor Workbenches

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  • Submitted Questions:
    • Gary: Ever give any thought to having an automatic and/or timed drain valve for the air compressor?
    • John Martin: The three of you talked about your PC station, desktop, will it be possible for you to give us some kind of quick backstage tour showing your editing equipment, room, softwares ? Just a little video like Jay has done about his camera gear/tips and tricks.
    • Derek: My shop is effectively a deck at the cottage with a small building to store my tools. When I work I pull stuff out on the deck and when I’m done I put it all away. This means I don’t have a workbench, and I’d really like one. Jay’s workbench looks awesome, and I’d like to make something like that. The problem is it would have to live outdoors. Is it worth trying to build a workbench like Jay’s that has to be outdoors? What might be done differently in constructing it, and finishing it to help it survive the weather? I’m curious what thoughts you might have on a project like this and whether I should attempt it, or just stick with the saw horses and old door I use now.
    • David Joyner: I’m planning a dust collector install for a new shop. One thing I haven’t decided on yet is ceiling vs wall mount for the pipe. From videos it looks like ceiling-mount is pretty popular but I noticed Jay runs his along his knee wall. That looks a lot more convenient. Do you have any advice and, Jay, would you make this same decision again?


  1. Brad Parham

    regarding Derek’s question, for whatever it’s worth, I made my Roubo style bench out of pressure treated lumber (free decking from craigslist :-)) since that’s what I could get for free, but I also used galvanized lags to join the leg stretchers together.

    I have a basement that sometimes has water issues, so the PT lumber seemed to be a lucky find for me, but I assume you could start out with the intent to make it outdoor friendly.

    Also, what about a big BBQ-esque cover that you could throw over the workbench when you aren’t using it, to keep water from pooling?

  2. Page Bonifaci

    It’s all about the hatchback. My Toyota Matrix has just over 8′ of cargo length with the passenger seat down, so I’ve carried tons of 2×4’s and sheet goods ripped in half. I’ve also loaded 12′ boards by popping open the glass in the back. Before the hatchback though, I loaded most of my late grandfather’s workshop into a 99 Corolla with collapsed shocks. Including a Delta Drillpress, Rockwell Tablesaw (with stand!), dozen hammers and splitting mauls, brass machining stock, and a stack of old lumber. *That* was an exciting drive.

    Linn (of Darbin Orvar) has my favorite video on the topic though, where she loads up the passenger seat of her Mustang Convertible with Home Depot lumber.

  3. Tom Reagh

    My daily driver is a sportbike, so the wife’s minivan is my lumber transport. This is our second Chrysler Town & Country and with that stow and go seating, I can fit 4×8 sheet goods. Also, it comes with rain protection to keep all that pricey wood nice and dry.

    To April, my first vehicle was a 69′ Chevy C10 with a short wide bed. It was yellow with a white cab. I miss that thing.

    To you other two knuckleheads, watermelon is greatness. 😉

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