The Ultimate Space/Back Saver

  • Advertise with us
Project by Hamad posted 96 days ago 3078 views 41 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that took a year in the making since I’m not a metal worker nor an engineer… But I made it I guess.

I have a small shop space that I like to keep clean & organised, and my biggest space waste was my bench top tools. I also need an additional assembly bench so I came up with this idea…

I put all 4 bench top tools (drill press, disc sander, spindle sander, and my huge scroll saw) on lift tables that are drill operated, all tucked underneath a 3” top of ply wood sandwiched by MDF for flatness. The lids are hinged with door hinges as I searched hard for more suitable hinges to hold the heavy lids open but no luck. So I am adding a lid rest on the back soon.

The bench top is finished with teak oil and paste wax, and few dog holes for clamping the work pieces.

This bench is on 8 casters to make it easy to move around, and I got rid of all old stands so my shop gained valuable space. And NO MORE MOVING HEAVY TOOLS AROUND :)

I wish I had a better metal worker to get better lift tables and frame… but maybe when I do a 2nd version.

I have no clue how to post a video of the lifts in action (thinking about making my 1st YouTube vid) , but you can find it on my Instagram account @woodwork2 and I’d be happy to answer all your questions.

I hope you guys are inspired by it, and it solves some woodworkers space issues.

-- Instagram: Woodwork2

31 comments so far

View BillinGa's profile


20 posts in 576 days

#1 posted 96 days ago

Oh man! This back saver is impressive.

View pneufab's profile


102 posts in 1707 days

#2 posted 96 days ago

That is really awesome….I would love to see a video! Great concept and execution!

View JoeinGa's profile


3157 posts in 634 days

#3 posted 96 days ago

Nice engineering on the lifts. Only issue I see is if you’re working on the flat bench-top, you gotta watch out for those ankle biting rods sticking out by your feet.

I too would like to see a video, be sure to add the link when you get it done. Thanks for sharing

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View Oldtool's profile


1777 posts in 817 days

#4 posted 96 days ago

That is one really nice solution to saving floor space, great job on this design & build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

View HillbillyShooter's profile


4494 posts in 919 days

#5 posted 96 days ago

Innovative solution, nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View MAKZ06's profile


36 posts in 431 days

#6 posted 96 days ago

Very nice. Great idea and design.

View Underdog's profile


514 posts in 662 days

#7 posted 96 days ago

Impressive! Not too shabby for a “not metal worker”. It’s a great idea, and a good execution of it.

Plus one on the shin/ankle biting though. I’d be knocking up against those bolts every time went to use it. I’d shorten those things right up against the table….

View a1Jim's profile


112011 posts in 2204 days

#8 posted 96 days ago

Very cool idea great job.

-- Custom furniture

View Ken90712's profile


14878 posts in 1815 days

#9 posted 96 days ago

Great work, and what a cool idea. this should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View J Azuma's profile

J Azuma

30 posts in 109 days

#10 posted 96 days ago

Nice Work!

-- J Azuma

View PASs's profile


560 posts in 1725 days

#11 posted 96 days ago

Exactly what I need to do in my cramped shop.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

View Diggerjacks's profile


1742 posts in 1765 days

#12 posted 96 days ago

Hello Hamad

Very innovative project.

Great idea and design

I like it

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

View Soundx's profile


81 posts in 515 days

#13 posted 96 days ago

Great space saver idea. I could use this concept in my small shop.

-- Terry,Tennessee

View MarkTheFiddler's profile


1766 posts in 815 days

#14 posted 96 days ago

Brilliance! It’s very hard work to be lazy. You’re my kind of thinker. Thanks for the share.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

View constantinos's profile


14 posts in 129 days

#15 posted 96 days ago

Great job! Can I have one please…

showing 1 through 15 of 31 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase