So I finalized my plans yesterday! And drew out my bench plan. I found pretty much everything I wanted and could use for small space organization. Most of what I found was for houses and worthless to me. I found some great ideas for small shops though. The one I like the most is something I found called ceiling drawers. At least 2 of these will be going in the ceiling of my shop. I’ll be storing my sanders, jig saw, and whatever else I can fit in there. Speaking of sanders, I found an interesting way to store sheet sand paper. Using a 3 ring binder and binder folders. I think we have a few spare binders around. I might try it.
So the bench top is pretty well figured out in my last post of the series with the clamping area and flip top. Under my bench will be 2 sets of drawers, 1 set 3” deep, the other 4” deep. Under the drawers will be 2 sets of, well, open drawers. Basically shelves with drawer rails on them so I can pull them out to easily access everything on them. These will be about 12” deep. That’s where all tools with cases will go. These may or may not have doors.
Above the bench I’m planning a pegboard cabinet and I have decided on sliding panels rather than hinged doors. Mostly because I don’t have any hinges! And I don’t want to have to buy any. I do, however, have roller blade bearings that are sitting on my bench going to waste. I can use these to make glide rollers morticed into the bottom edge of the panels, and route a track into the front edge of the bottom of the cabinet. I’m still debating on if I want to put some shelves in the cabinet or not, but I’m going to drill some holes for some shelf pegs just in case. I’m also thinking of making some shelves and trays to hang on the pegboard like the ones that are right under the ceiling drawers in the link above.
The flip top portion of the bench will not be home to my scroll saw after all. Last night I broke out the tape measure and found that my scroll saw is longer than the bench will be wide. So instead it will be home to my drill press. That’s a good thing anyway. I don’t think I would be comfortable cutting on my scroll saw with it any higher than it is now, and I was having worries about vibration issues.
For the pivot of the flip top I’ll be using some 1/2” steel bar that I’ve had around for a while, and I’m imagineering the locks as I type. I’m going to space the sides about 1 1/2” apart using 2 layers of 3/4 oak in the center to support the pivot bar, and pine 2×4’s for the rest of the frame. I’m just going to have to figure out how to bolt the drill press to one side. If I do it before I put it all together, it’ll make it a severe PITA to assemble and install the flip top. Maybe get some carriage bolts and sink the square portion of the head into the back of the DP side so I can assemble it and install it without having the weight of the DP to worry about.
I’m pretty sure that’s going to be the way to go with that.
So, that’s my plan, and as long as the weather holds for Sunday (it’s supposed to be 72 and sunny here in Va) that’s when I’ll be starting! This is gonna be great!!!
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