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Project by Holbs posted 01-10-2016 09:55 PM 1241 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is something that serves multiple purposes in my ever decreasing real estate space in my 2 car garage that was severely needed. It is nearly the correct height to slide panels out of my Dodge 1500 pickup right onto the top. Can roll around with 4×5” swivel casters. I know this is not pretty to look at but hopeful to give other LJ’s some project considerations. This took me a month to do because of work stuff, weather, ordering parts, holidays, etc. Just wanted it done to move on to next project.
1.) 42” x 42” torsion box assembly table area. Made with 3/4” MDF top, bottom, & sides with 1/2” MDF internal webbing. Storage area for rolls of caulk, glue, paper towels and a shelf (sorry, not visible in picture) for varnish & sealing quart sized cans (about 8 of them on the shelf).
2.) fold down wings with…yep… you see it right, air package bubbles! Doubled layer of air bubbles to give 1/2” of gap space so I can use my track saw effectively (no more 2×4’s on the floor cuts). Used staples to hold down the bubble wrap thinking no biggy if saw blade slices thru dinky staples which are flush. Also, no idea how effective air bubbles will be with sheet goods. I’ll find out the hard way. I used 5/16” bubble wrap as that is what we had in our shop. Could of purchased 1/2” bubble wrap but hay… this was free. The bubble wrap is folded over onto itself with more bubble wrap when not covering center area.
3.) My newly purchased Kreg K5 pocket hole jig affixed to a board that slides under the drawers when not in use. The drawers will hold all my Kreg stuff. Looking forward to using this for various aspects of wood working as never used pocket holes before. Will try to re-frame for using Kreg as primary source of joinery, but it should be nice to have for simple projects.
4.) Slide out storage bins and paint related area. This will be home to all variety of items that one finds in their shop: different screws, bolts, wire nuts, etc. I messed up at the beginning of this project because I have 12 Akro plastic bins (8”x12”) that I was going to use but then found out they are not wall mounted compatible. Had some Gladiator bins laying around and a couple storage cases that were used instead, hence the wrong dimensions in the end. I used Liberty D80618C-ZP-W 18-Inch Ball Bearing Drawer Slides and will see how they hold up for future needs. To the right, is my paint area. Gallon and pint storage with paint try and rollers.
5.) I added a helper lifter to get large panels onto the top. It is only 24” long so that 1/2 way towards lifting, it teeters over by gravity if loading a 4’ x 8’ sheet. Was unsure of a 4’x8’ sheet panel weight load upon the upper hinge to screw into MDF so added 3/4” plywood bracing.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"





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Holbs

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#1 posted 01-10-2016 10:31 PM

A side note: when your pattern bit bearing does not rotate because stuck or something… it does leave an interesting burn mark behind (can see on the MDF). Kinda like it. Might have to look at wood burning related material in the future for projects.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#2 posted 01-11-2016 01:47 AM

i would suggest adding some 3/4” or 20mm (if you are a festool fan) holes in your top so you can clamp and assemble items on the top surface (bench dogs, etc..). Look at the Festool MFT and what they can do with the hole pattern.

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#3 posted 01-11-2016 01:48 AM

I considered added 3/4” oak to the front and back. But..eh…. can clamp without it. No need for bench dogs or such as I already have a work bench for that.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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