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Old 03-15-2018, 12:54 AM   #11
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in all the tool rooms i have ever worked in, all the benches had wooden tops. it's to protect your work not the bench.


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Old 03-15-2018, 02:23 AM   #12
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in all the tool rooms i have ever worked in, all the benches had wooden tops. it's to protect your work not the bench.
that.. is great advice and what I will use from now on.


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Old 03-15-2018, 01:13 PM   #13
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Yes, but a steel tray under machines to catch oil and to make clean up easier is a benefit. A wooden bench for assembly work is best, I agree.
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Old 03-18-2018, 02:10 AM   #14
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that.. is great advice and what I will use from now on.

It really depends upon what the tool room works on. Large injection molding dies for example require engineered tables that are all steel. You wouldn't want a few tons of steel falling on your foot due a wood bench top splitting or cracking.

I don't believe the universal wooden bench top is the case industry wide either. The top has to be suitable for the work being done and sometimes wood is the wrong choice.

In any event i suspect the maple tops seen in many tool rooms are there to go with the oak tool chests that are often on display as status symbols. Many shops seem to have a pecking order with apprentices with the smallest and cheapest tool box, young machinist with smaller Kennedy boxes and then the lead guys either with the Oak tool chests or a large Kennedy.

So maybe the wood protects the work but i suspect other factors are at work when it comes to selecting it as a bench top.
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:03 AM   #15
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Where possible i have always used laminex kitchen worktops for assembly and
for mounting small bench lathes etc.I prefer timber for assembly but if you have the room then a steel covered area is good for grinding and welding
Obviously if space is not an issue then a dedicated welding area is best
Looking at the photos dont shops with with no grease ,dirt and chips look great
Sometimes you dont really want to destroy the cleanliness
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I worked at large manufacturing facilities where signs were posted everywhere. Here is one I liked and have in my own shop.
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My elderly aunt said that coping with old age required a new rule. Her rules was...'Don't put it down, put it back.'

As long a tools and items have a place they should always be back in that place. I am appreciating her wisdom.
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Old 03-20-2018, 12:57 AM   #18
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I worked at large manufacturing facilities where signs were posted everywhere. Here is one I liked and have in my own shop.
I agree, great idea - the problem is I am the only one in the shop and still wouldnt follow the rules (that I set)!
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I agree, great idea - the problem is I am the only one in the shop and still wouldnt follow the rules (that I set)!
Yes many of us have that exact problem!

Even so I have to admire your shop and the organization demonstrated. I'm working on an area in my cellar for a work shop and a place to run and test steam engines. The compound problems are the lack of space and the lack of time to focus on the construction work required. Unfortunately retirement is still too far away so time is not there except for may every other weekend. But hey I got one corner done!


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