Building the shop - Small Bench and Corner Revolving Cabinet

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Project by LeeInAZ posted 09-21-2011 05:25 AM 3460 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a corner in my shop that wasn’t being well utilized, and when you are as tight on space as I am, I needed to find something useful to put there. This corner cabinet was a project from the same book, “The Complete Small Shop”, as my first project. I used Baltic Birch for most of the cabinet, and Melamine covered particle board for the horizontal surfaces.

There is a 3/4” iron pipe through the center to act as an axis for both the lazy susan style lower shelf and the round torsion box upper. Both spin around the axis on a series of roller bearings attached to base and top of the fixed cabinet. The goal was for there to be four tools on top, and rotate each one to the front to be in operating position. Well, the tools I had were too large for that, but it still makes for handy storage for the three tools I have there now. I use the storage in the outer parts of the torsion box (wheel) for storing my various sharpening stones and accessories, and keep my dry and wet grinders, and my bench mortiser on the top. The revolving shelf below is just large enough to store my router collection (I hate changing bits).

The other project on this page came after reading Chris Schwartz’s workbench book. I wanted to make a Roubo-style bench (still do). I was at my local Home Depot, and they had a whole stack of 2×8 douglas fir cut to 5’ lengths in the cull bin for $0.50 each. I picked up all 20 and after jointing and planing them to size, ended up with this little bench. It is very solid, and was some good experience for when I build my larger bench this fall. The vise is an old Wilton that I picked up on ebay years ago when I first thought about woodworking. It is good to finally get some use out of it.

-- Lee - Phoenix, AZ

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#1 posted 09-21-2011 07:40 AM

Nicely organized….......

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#2 posted 09-21-2011 10:52 AM

I saw this project someweher before and have alway thought about building it, for the same reasons as you. Unfortunately I no longer havea spare corner but will be building a small roll around for my machinsts vice and grinder. I still have a pile of phenolic resin faced MDF which will provide me with a east clean surface.

I looking to build five drawers into it for all the odds and ends that seem to need moving out of the way all the time.

Good job, the bench also looks useful.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#3 posted 09-21-2011 11:21 AM

Very nicely done.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 09-21-2011 01:22 PM

Well done, should help!

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

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#5 posted 09-21-2011 01:45 PM

I don’t even think I can get to the corners of my shop. Good idea if I ever can though.

-- Jeff,

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#6 posted 09-21-2011 01:47 PM

Great use of a tight space.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 09-21-2011 01:56 PM

Great idea. Thanks for posting it.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 09-21-2011 04:54 PM

Very well done – great idea

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#9 posted 09-21-2011 04:56 PM

Slick little bench. I love that guy!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 09-21-2011 05:14 PM

Great idea!

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#11 posted 09-21-2011 10:28 PM

That’s the first one outside of that book that I have seen done. Good job…

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#12 posted 09-22-2011 04:39 PM

Very nicely done.

When will you post your complete shop??


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#13 posted 09-22-2011 08:48 PM

Very innovative way to use your space! Thanks for posting this idea!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#14 posted 09-23-2011 12:47 PM

very kool, with plenty of storage, and universal use. the handled base for the grinder is a gr8 idea, just grab it when you need it, and clamp it to your bench.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 09-23-2011 05:09 PM

Great solution.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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