|Project by sIKE||posted 02-25-2008 05:34 AM||9833 views||35 times favorited||34 comments|
I needed a place to put my benchtop tools in my small shop (16×24). This project was very challenging for me. I had to make several jigs to get it done, also I had a pannel out of square which caused much head banging as the base has a dadoed bottom shelf and things just dont go together if it isn’t square. The top was quick and easy after the layout. Note to anyone making this project, make sure you layout the holes for the grid before you cut the squares into circles!. The tools are held down with T-Nuts pulled tight from the bottom. I need to repsosition the scroll saw as it hangs out to far over the rim. The other todo is to add a small power strip for better prower managment. Other wise a very good little project.
This is the first of three projects for the left wall of my shop. It is in the front corner of the building.
Note this is from The Complete Small Shop – A ShopNotes Special Interest Magazine.
Update: One of the issues I soon discovered with this project is having to unplug/plug the tools in whenever I spun the top. After a conversation with my Father-In-law he recommended that I drill a hole in the side of the pipe that the top pivoted on, down underneath and run a wire down the pipe and out the hole, then plug it in to the wall. As luck would have it, I happened to put a plug down low on the wall right where this lives. So after a bit of drilling I was able to drop some 12 Gauge Romex down the pipe and out the hole in the side of the pipe, add a plug, on the other end mount a double gang box to the top and setup 4 outlets for all of the tools to live in. A little dusting, cleaning and wire management and you have the 4th picture above. It is working so nicely!
-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"