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Project by Bricofleur posted 07-28-2012 01:42 PM 9596 views 38 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How many times I had to make several trips to the shop because I was not able to carry all the required tools. Here’s the 24’’H X 20’’L X 12’’W carpenter’s bench and tool box I just build. It’ll be handy in the shop and around the house. It’s strong enough to be used as a step stool while laying down sideways or straight up. Besides that, I’m sure one of my grandchildren will want to use it to sit down at the dinner table. Up to now they would reach for the utility bench I built lately as soon as they get in the house. I believe it is just the right size for them to use as a small table to play on.

Even if it’s simple to build, I added all construction details and photos on these pages of my blog where I shared few tips of my own.

Thanks for looking.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





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choppertoo

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#1 posted 07-28-2012 02:19 PM

nice job on a multi functional piece, Serge. Many a time I could have used something similar.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#2 posted 07-28-2012 02:28 PM

Very practical solution.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 07-28-2012 03:09 PM

Great design Serge, thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 07-28-2012 03:14 PM

Serge, nice work. always good to read your posts and things you come up with! Have a great weekend!

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

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#5 posted 07-28-2012 04:17 PM

Nice work and like the one I built years ago there’s just one possible flaw. I found that since I didn’t splay the base a few inches wider it was tippy when stood upon. This is not a great problem and I have only fell from mine twice in 10 plus years but one of those toppels was onto a diamond mesh covered bathroom floor. The mesh acted like a cheese grater to my hands and elbows.Just sayin be careful if you use it as a stool.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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Bricofleur

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#6 posted 07-28-2012 05:45 PM

Thank you, guys, for your comments.

Great advice JAGWAH (above). Since I liked your suggestion I rushed in my shop and made an improvement at once. I glued and screwed one of the foot cutout to a strip of plywood cut to fit and to be kept inside the tool box all the time. I drilled a through hole on either ‘leg’ and inserted T-nuts from the back for the two improvised thumbscrews shown. From now on, when used as a stool to climb on, great chance this removable crossbar will save me from tripping. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

PS: Oops! I forgot to roundover and sand all edges! :-)

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Roger

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#7 posted 07-28-2012 07:47 PM

Nice stool Serge. Good tip from jagwah. Good addition also that you came up with to solve the tipsy possible problem.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#8 posted 07-28-2012 08:46 PM

Excellent, when stepping on this puppy you should be most safe.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#9 posted 07-28-2012 09:30 PM

Here’s mine. The metal on front is a strong magnet. The holes are for screw drivers and chisels. This was originally made as a sitting stool to aid in chiseling doors and jambs for locksets, the magnet for loose screws. The under tray was helpfull to place everything else. As you can see I didn’t flare the legs as I should have, I just learned not to dance on the top.. This sucker is about 10-12 years old but always handy.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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Bricofleur

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#10 posted 07-28-2012 10:48 PM

@JAGWAH: It looks great, Bob, particularly painted with this such nice barn red! I don’t see any 10-12 years old wrinkles on it though! Adding the magnet and drilling holes was well thought as well. Yours seems to be made out of solid wood, right? Too bad you felt and was scraped up from it. Is it possible this guy is tippy because the top overhangs the sides? (just a thought)

Best,

Serge

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#11 posted 07-28-2012 11:47 PM

The overhang could exacerbate the issue. It’s all made from recycled pine shelving and I couldn’t say how many coats of paint is on it. Part of the tops good condition is due to my bum’s fine abrasiveness, in other words it has a fine hiney shiny.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#12 posted 07-29-2012 02:59 AM

Nice. I will have to check out your blog. I’m still new enough I like having a little instruction.

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#13 posted 07-29-2012 03:51 AM

made one of these for my dad several years back, and always intended to make one or two for myself… now that I’ve got a garage shop with headroom, rather than a 6’ (or less) basement shop to deal with, it’s time I finally got around to it. Thanks for sharing (and the reminder)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#14 posted 07-29-2012 10:18 AM

what an excellent idea, I could really use something practical like this. it’s a shame we don’t see more stuff like this. great job!

-- making something from nothing, and making it your own... thats life.

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#15 posted 07-29-2012 11:33 AM

I really like the nice, smooth lines of your project. Functional and attractive. Nice job?

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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