Designing a Workstation

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by vandusbp, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. vandusbp

    vandusbp New Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm a design student at the University of Cincinnati, and for a case study, hope to design a workstation appropriate for gun repair and smithing.

    I do have a personal interest in firearms, although my experience only goes as far as firing at a range and working on gas powered airsoft guns.

    I have a survey that I would very much appreciate any of you filling out. It's short - 28 fairly straightforward questions.

    There's some space for comments; the things I'd really like to know about are the frustrations you have, the things that always break/get lost, etc. as the ultimate goal here is to make your professional time spent more comfortable and efficient.

    If there's anything else you'd like to tell me about, please feel free to give me some feedback here as well.

    link to the survey:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NJGQLMV

    Thanks!
     
  2. triggerjob

    triggerjob New Member

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    You can do a search for JOhn Brownings workshop and see the bench of the greatest gunsmith of them all. Incidently its just a solid wood table with a couple of drawers, and a mishmash of tools on top. Pretty anti climatic, but you might take a look
     

  3. vandusbp

    vandusbp New Member

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    Thanks triggerjob. John Browning's workshop looks pretty classic, and I think a solid wooden table is what I'm headed towards. I don't want this to be some swiss-army-knife multi-solution table.

    I've just updated my survey with a few more important questions. I could use a lot more input, please pass on the survey if you can.

    Thanks
     
  4. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Initial thoughts:

    A bench needs to be longer than a Mosin Nagant, solid enough to support an anvil, it needs to mount a good vise. It needs to have a piece of carpet that can be removed and cleaned (whether it needs it or not) It needs some sort of tool storage above the bench but within reach from the center, while seated. A chemical resistant surface is nice, even if it just expoy paint. It needs to have an excellent light source, a jewelers lighted magnifier is ideal. The bench needs a clear space all around that you can find a spring when they go airborne. It is hell trying to find a spring in boxes of junk. The bench needs a mechanic's magnetic parts tray handy.
     
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  5. vandusbp

    vandusbp New Member

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    Chainfire, that was extremely helpful.

    May I ask what the piece of carpet is for? Would it act as padding when placing a gun on the table, punching pins, etc. or..?

    Thanks
     
  6. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    All of them things and to also catch all them little pieces, stopping them from flyin to god knows where. An old steel factory work bench works great.

    God didnt make all men equal colonel Sam Colt did
     
  7. Tell_Sackett

    Tell_Sackett New Member

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    Maybe a piece of pegboard at the back of the bench?
     
  8. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Thats what i got on mine and i like your handle tell

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  9. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I thought having a piece of peg board was some kind of a law. You mean people somehow manage to get along without them? I've got a peg board, and I don't even have a shop to put it in!
     
  10. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    The carpet is a good soft work pad. It serves many purposes. I would also recommend that the piece of carpet be a very short pile and light in color (even white) so you can easily find small screws and such. Dark and deep pile carpet makes this difficult.

    The bench top should be a good hardwood surface. Butcher block would be ideal in my mind. My workbench serves as my reloading bench, and steel is not a good idea due to the potential for sparks. A rim on it that will not allow small parts to roll off the bench would be ideal in my mind. My bench is a slab of Douglas Fir that was milled with a chainsaw. It has character, but it is not ideal (though things don't roll very far on the rough surface).

    Have a pegboard back wall as mentioned by Tell Sackett. There is a magnet tool-holding bar on one side.

    Mine is pretty rudimentary but I am a hobbyist.
     
  11. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Mine is metal but mine has a really thick piece of elephant skin on it.

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  12. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    WTF? Elephant skin? I can totally understand leather, but exotic leather? Man! I wish I had your bankroll.
     
  13. Marlinman

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    1) the bench was give to me by my mentor and 2) the skin was "ruined" at the local leather shop. Its 4 1/2' by 4' when i got it. I trimmed the width off 6" and took none off the ends. I paid $45 for it all. They said it was ruined bc some one spilt something on it and stained it. It had make offer tags on it.

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  14. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    OK. I understand that. I don't know if I would cover my workbench with it though. Totally cool:cool: .
     
  15. Marlinman

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    Can you think of anything more durable and still be one piece of great padding easy to clean?

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  16. triggerjob

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    When I was in te navy, we had 1/4 inch blue vinyl on our work benchs, the stuff was great, it was durable enough to beat with a hammer, you could solder on it, and it wouldn't obsord chemicals.

    I was a Sonar Tech, so our benches were esigned for elctronics, I'm sure however that Static mat would work great on guns. Especially because it is tough s hell yet non-marring. Carpet is a good idea for DRY work, but after a while you would have the potential to explode into flames as the grease and oils build up.
    Nobody thinks about it till its too late.
     
  17. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    I can't think or anything cooler, just can't see myself doing it. Definitely got me beat in the cool factor!
     
  18. trip286

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    I think I'd like a big slab of horse hide. I'm a big fan of horse leather.
     
  19. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    My carpet patches are replaced frequently. I get them from the local carpet stores for free. If you go in and ask they will usually give you as much as you are willing to take. The sample pieces of discontinued styles get thrown in the dumpster anyhow. I do have to stock up again. Right now all I have left is a bunch of car floor mats that work well.
     
  20. Marlinman

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    Iv got a piece shark skin the same way was gonna use it for the same purpose but decided to make knife sheaths out of it

    God didnt make all men equal colonel Sam Colt did