|Project by vrice||posted 08-15-2015 09:47 PM||1369 views||4 times favorited||4 comments|
!This is a shop improvement I have been considering for several years. I finally acted on it. My problem is, due to my current shop layout, I don’t have space for several bench top tools that I have. I know I would use these more often if they were simply easily accessible. These are my Rigid Oscillating Edge Belt / Spindle Sander, my bench grinder, and my Jig Saw. These are usually tucked away under my wall bench (you can see this in my workshop pics). And one wall of my garage shop I built a set of adjustable shelves that take up most of the wall, one of the pics (before this mod).
So, I purchased a set of heavy duty drawer slides, rated at 150 lbs. This sounds sturdy enough, but I was skeptical. So I bought just one set to try this all out.
The result is in the pics. It works great. When the shelf is pulled all the way out it is VERY sturdy. I was full well expecting to add some legs that would drop down and hit the floor to support this thing when pulled out. After working with it as is for a few projects, I see absolutely no need for the legs.
Also I designed the supports that the slides attach to so extra vertical support was provided. Here is what this looks like:
Basically, there is a 2×4 brace between the shelf posts. I added additional support under this with the triangular support pieces. Then I glued a strip on which the drawer slide sits. Hopefully this will provide all the support needed. Certainly seems to.
Lastly, as one of the pics shows, I wanted plenty of support for the drawer bottom. So, I chose the glue and screw 1 inch wide strips to the drawer sides, rather than use dados. This seemed to provide more support. Couldn’t get a one inch dado in the sides. Second I glued and screwed 1.5” wide strips to the drawer bottom (another pic). This will keep the drawer bottom from sagging under the weight of the tool. This works well. I put this on some of the shelves in this shelving unit years ago. They have been holding cans of paint for years with no sagging.
Granted the benefit here is somewhat specific to my shop layout, the shelving unit specifically. But, this use of these heavy duty drawer slides might spawn some similar ideas.
-- Vic Rice