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It's ideal for any hobby, and the high-low stool lets you sit where the work is
By CHARLES E. RHINE

hatever your hobby is—modelmaking, handicrafts, electronics—this bench is a perfect center for your activities. It's crammed with ideas taken from several types of industrial benches. Every inch of it serves to make your hobby more fun. There's plenty of room for storing tools and supplies, and

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¼" x 1" h a r d w o o d 1" 24¾ x 55"

55" 4¼" 3¾"

NOTE: USE .312 x 2" DOWELS IN FRAME ASSEMBLY BENCH PIN 51"

1½" ¾"

25" 49½" 2¾" ¾" x 2" ½" x 3" BUTT HINGE (3) HARDBOARD 1½" x 2" BUTT HINGE (11) BACK 43" x 50½" 51"x 1" GOUGE ¼" DEEP

CUTOUT x 1¼"

¼"

MORTISE TO FIT PIN (3) 3¾" ¾" x 4" x 25" HARDW0OD (2) ¼" HARDBOARD FACE 1½" 13¼"R. x ¾" SPLINE ¾" x 1" GUIDE (4) ¼" DEEP DADO 3" 3" 3" 7" x 24" 6¼" x 20" ¼" x ½" CANVAS 6" 10" DEEP DADO ¼" 4" 8" 15¼" 24" 8" x 49½" (2) 14" x 3 4 " (2) ¾" x ½" DEEP RABBET 4" ¼" CONSTRUCTION NOTES: ALL PANELS ARE ¾" PLYWOOD UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. DRAWERS HAVE 3/4" PLYWOOD FRONTS, ½" PLYWOOD SIDES AND BACKS, AND .125 HARDBOARD BOTTOMS. ¼" x 24" x 2 5 HARDBOARD 12" ¾" ¾" x ¾" x 1½" TRIM BLOCK ¼" DEEP DADO 24" 15¼" x 34¼" (2) 13" RADIUS ¼" FOR DEEP DADO DRAWER GUIDE (18) 2"

8" x 12" (2)

x2"

1/4" 2" ¾" x 1" ¼" 43" 30" ½" 2" 4" 4"

12" x 12' ¼"

Building it: First make the drawers and the two drawer compartments. Dado end panels and glue the drawer slides in place. Build the frame for the bench top in two sections and join them with a hardwood spline. Screw the hardboard surface to the bench top so it can be easily replaced when worn. Use a

.375 mortising bit to make the holes for the bench pins. To make the bench so it can be disassembled for easy moving, use screws to attach the bench top, the back panel, and the kneehole panel. Attach shelf cleats for back compartment before putting back panel on. Most of hobby center is plywood.

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lots of working space. And that unusual stool lets you relax. Both pieces were designed by A. M. Warkaske, Editor of Rockwell's magazine, Flying Chips. The bench has two work surfaces—one at stand-up height, one at sitting height. (The high-low stool lets you sit at either one.) The top lid of the bench closes level to make a large work surface. Or flip down the hinged endpieces, and the lid slopes forward to make a drafting board for designing new projects. Open the lid and there's a low-level bench top at chair height. A large drawer right under the center of the bench top makes a handy trash bin. Continued FEBRUARY 1966 159

Line it with sheet metal to make it easy to clean out. You pull the drawer out and clear the work surface with a quick sweep of a brush. Mount your vise over the drawer, and most waste will drop into it.

Roomy drafting board is made by flipping down the hinged endpieces to let the top slope forward. Keep drawing instruments handy in shallow top drawers. There's plenty of storage space at the back of the bench to put long things such as dowels or lumber. There's storage space between the two tops, too.

Mortises in the front of the bench top are for bench pins. Plug in a bench pin to get a handy surface for working with small parts. The jeweler's apron slides out below the trash drawer. This is a shallow drawer with a canvas bottom. You pull it out when working with small parts like those used in modelmaking. If a little screw is dropped, it's Caught in the apron. You don't have to get down on your hands and knees and •search the floor. The drawers—13 of them—are made in six different sizes to fit practically any need. At the bottom of each tier is a large file drawer for letters and catalogues. The storage space at the back of the bench can be reached by doors at either end. It holds materials up to 8" across and 4' long. Also, when the top lid is in closed position there is an 8" space above the regular workbench top. This is a fine place for freshly glued, painted, or semiassembled projects to be left safe and out of the dust. The hobby center is made mostly from ¾" plywood. Construction details are given in the drawing on the previous page. Assemble it with finish nails and glue. Set the nails and fill holes with putty. Sand all surfaces, blunting corners, and give it two coats of penetrating resin sealer. PS
High-low stool makes a fine accessory for your hobby center. Or build it by itself to use around the kitchen. It goes together with dowels and glue.
LEG SEAT CLEAT LEG 25° 1- INCH SQUARES BACK ½" D. x3" DOWEL 15 5/8" CLEAT ARMREST

1¼" ARMREST SUPPORT 30"

NOTEALL STOCK 1 1/8" THICK

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