|Project by jasondain||posted 01-01-2013 05:49 PM||8228 views||55 times favorited||17 comments|
Like most of you, I spend a good bit of valuable shop time searching for stuff like pencils, tape measures and the like. I’ve tried the buying multiples route and all that has done is made me wonder how I can lose 5 tape measures in a 24×24 shop! I saw a picture online of a bench with one of these and thought i needed to make one.
I chose to use Walnut for the material as I had used it for the dog strip and gap stop and thought it would look nice. I used 1/2 inch stock to laminate together similar to how the gap stop is constructed. I had a piece of 8/4 that I resawed to make the stock to keep the grain consistent. The overall dimensions are 22” long by 4” wide by about 2 1/2 thick. The center gap section has a block at the bottom to allow short stuff not to fall through like rulers and pencils etc. I had the idea after the fact to mortise in some magnets along the strips to keep the chisels upright so I might still do that. It is attached to the bench with 4 1/4”x20 TPI stainless steel screws threaded into the benchtop. I used this technique lots during bench construction and really like it. It is finished with a few coats of a homemade oil and varnish blend I used for the bench.