The Ultimate Space/Back Saver

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Project by Hamad posted 05-18-2014 10:58 AM 4167 views 43 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

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#1 posted 05-18-2014 11:09 AM

Oh man! This back saver is impressive.

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#2 posted 05-18-2014 11:16 AM

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

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#3 posted 05-18-2014 12:05 PM

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

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#4 posted 05-18-2014 12:11 PM

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

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#5 posted 05-18-2014 12:58 PM

Innovative solution, nicely done.

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#6 posted 05-18-2014 01:09 PM

Very nice. Great idea and design.

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#7 posted 05-18-2014 01:37 PM

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….

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#8 posted 05-18-2014 02:08 PM

Very cool idea great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 05-18-2014 02:11 PM

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

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

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#10 posted 05-18-2014 02:38 PM

Nice Work!

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#11 posted 05-18-2014 04:27 PM

Exactly what I need to do in my cramped shop.

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

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#12 posted 05-18-2014 06:23 PM

Hello Hamad

Very innovative project.

Great idea and design

I like it

Thanks for sharing

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#13 posted 05-18-2014 06:24 PM

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

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#14 posted 05-18-2014 06:30 PM

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

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#15 posted 05-18-2014 07:46 PM

Great job! Can I have one please…

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