The June 2021 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine features my article on the Maker Workstation. This is a basic PDF format drawing Maker Workstation layer guide. All the dog holes require high accuracy and should be made using the Maker Workstation CNC-made templates. DXF template files are available in the woodworking.digital store. And, they are free!
With a CNC template, you need a Maker Workstation Layer Guide to keep you on track. This is the 72″ x 24″ Layer Guide. Other Layer Guides will be available soon. Later I’ll add 96 mm x 20 mm metric Layer Guides. Why use a guide? To keep track of where drill dog holes and T-Nuts are located. And, because drilling a grid of holes everywhere is a bad idea. More holes make your workbench less useful. Layer Guides offer optimal layouts for dog hole and T-Nut locations, leaving large open areas for workbenches of specific sizes. If a project comes up where you need more holes or a different layout, best to create Maker Workstation Top Plates (using the free CNC template for Top Plates/Worx Sidekicks) and workstation furniture. Remember the design principle: less is more.
There are extended online Popular Woodworking articles that take you through the process of constructing the Modern Base. Read my posts at popularwoodworking.com
As a reminder….
CNC-made templates are required for this project. To make them, you need template CAD files, a CNC, or a CNC service.
Ready-made Maker Workstation templates are available for purchase as the woodworking. digital store.
See the print issue or popularwoodworking.com for more project information and step-by-step articles to help you build the project.
My request back at you: If you build a Maker Workstation, I’d like to see it. I’d appreciate it if you send a photo and if you post it on social media, tag @woodworking.digital on Instagram and use the hashtag #makerworkstation.
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