Shop #2: Workbench

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Blog entry by mcgriffith posted 03-30-2012 07:36 PM 817 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I think I have mentioned in previous posts, my workbench is on hold until I get another project completed – since I have not worked in the shop for a month, I think it will take a while.

Anyway, I am thinking about my workbench. It will have a top made from a heavy solid core door from a college. My father-in-law gave it to me. The base will be on wheels, but I may need to get bigger wheels. I will consider that if there is a problem – maybe I can just add a couple more and it will make it ok. I want to have a door on each end, or at least a pull out drawer to put my tools on – that is drills, skil saw, router etc. In the middle I plan to make 3-4 drawers to hold some of the smaller tools.

What about the drawer slides—well I got about 8 from a friend – these are not just normal ones, these are really heavy duty – they came out of Server Racks, they are about 18 or 20 inches long, and really massive for a slide. I looked up the cost of them, they are originally $150.00 each side. And I have 8 I think. They should hold about anything I put in the workbench.

Some of you may ask – why do I want to make this to hold so many tools, well the answer, as many I have seen, is space issues. I need a place to organize my tools and to keep them in good condition.

My father was a mess when it came to organized shops, or about anything else. I tend to follow taht suit, however, I also realize that is not how I wnat to be—I want to be able to locate a tool and use it, not search for an hour each time – so I am planning my workbench to help me organize.

In addition to the workbench, I plan to make a hanging tool rack where I can put most of the hand tools that are frequently used like screw drivers, hammers etc..

-- Michael TX, Not even my wife understands my sense of humor.

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