shop bench with lots of storage #10: fabricating the risers and getting the beast off of my bench...

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 07-17-2012 06:37 PM 1705 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: 12 drawers installed Part 10 of shop bench with lots of storage series Part 11: risers done & top banded »

tweeked the riser design back to the four riser layout in the original plan…. this will decrease the unsupported span on the top and create a solid load path from the bench top to the floor.

I didn’t have as many hard wood 3×5’s kicking around as I thought (and the two I found had deep checks) ... so I’m also going back to dimensional lumber for the risers and will double up the outboard pair.

Rather than making a HD run and picking the 2×6 pile…. I dragged in some 2×8 cut offs from last years tree house project from the barn and jointed and planed them flat. Hardly worth the time and electricity to do so… but one of the purposes of this project has been to clean up some storage space by using up old material.

As a reward for my thriftyness….. I totally plugged up my DC hose to the planer and joiner…. as they produced coarse shreds, and not chips. Me shoving the boards through end over end like a production line didn’t help any.

I’m borrowing a furnature dolly tonight and going to risk bodilly harm to get this beast down off of the bench and over to it’s destination on the other side of the shop.

Wish me luck.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 07:49 PM

Good Luck,,, lift with your legs. :-)

Work Safely and have Fun. Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 01:16 PM

Houston, the “Eagle” has landed….

Lowered the frame in steps from the workbench, to saw horses, to milk crates, to the furniture dolly…. then wheeled her into position and dropped to the floor. This way, I could lift one end at a time and my wife could move the supports around.

The drawer slides only came with enough screws to put (3) in each slide, so I picked up some #6×1/2” flat heads and increased that to (5) per slide, as I anticipate some heavy items being stored.

Major effort shuffling stuff around to clear a path for all of this…. but such is life ina a 20’ x 22’ shop.

Things are coming together slowly but surely…. biggest reward last night is that my main bench is clear again.

I haven’t seen that real estate in over a month :^)

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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