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Old 01-11-2013, 12:20 AM   #261
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I found these interesting pics from another thread (user RbrtAWhyt):



This setup is probably cheaper than wood kitchen cabinets.

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Old 01-11-2013, 04:01 AM   #262
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Great . looks awesome
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:05 AM   #263
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So, Its been a few years since these were built...Steevo, and anybody else who has them setup as benches... how have they been holding up and are you still happy you went this route? Any Regrets or things you'd change?
I'm not exactly ready to pull the trigger on a workbench just yet, Hopefully this summer I will be...
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:23 AM   #264
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Mine is a little over 1 year old at this point. I loaded most of my tools into it just last November (had to move them from CA to ID first), and have only spent a couple of weeks working in the shop working out of the drawers.
The bench has been used a lot for shop tasks and I love the work area, the vise location, etc. I am still debating on under-cabinet lights for the bench, as I haven't really been short on light there.
I have chased a few small parts or tools under the bench, and now keep a steel yardstick handy to retrieve things.
I'll probably re-arrange some drawers/tools as I settle in and figure out where it is most convenient to have things.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:28 PM   #265
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I like the rubber feet on your steel workbench. It reminded me that when I could not afford those nice anti-vibration rubber feet, I made some up out of old practice Hockey pucks I had laying around, here is what they look like:



Maybe this will help someone save a few bucks, I have them on my lathe workbench, milling machine and air compressor. Never a minutes trouble and the MSC equivalent costs nearly thirty dollars each!

I epoxied the bolt head in the bottom of the puck where a small recess was drilled out enough for the bolt head to be recessed a quarter inch or so. A little loc-tite or superglue on the bolt and washer on top of the puck will keep everything tied together and able to transmit the vibration of attached machinery or bench .

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Old 01-17-2013, 01:23 AM   #266
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Steevo,

My neighbor was talking about adding some benches and I remembered this thread and showed him a few pics. This is what he did over the weekend. Add him to the list you've inspired ... That's only half that wall and he plans on adding several more

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Old 01-17-2013, 07:09 AM   #267
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Can't believe I hadn't seen this thread in the 1+ year it's been around!

Great job, very functional!
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:26 AM   #268
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My neighbor was talking about adding some benches and I remembered this thread and showed him a few pics. This is what he did over the weekend. Add him to the list you've inspired ... That's only half that wall and he plans on adding several more

WOW! I thought I had a lot of drawers to lose stuff in.
That is amazing.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:02 AM   #269
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My neighbor was talking about adding some benches and I remembered this thread and showed him a few pics. This is what he did over the weekend. Add him to the list you've inspired ... That's only half that wall and he plans on adding several more


At $359 each, still just over $2000 worth of cabinets. Try that with Snap-on or Mac. I'll bet if you walked into your local HF, grabbed the manager and said "I want 6 or 8 of these" you can probably get a bit more discount. The trick is finding a store with that many in stock.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:33 PM   #270
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love the bench and the space you created, I was wondering, do you remember where all those tools are or are you planning to label drawers? I find myself constantly opening and closign drawers because I forget where things are and I only have a 1/4 of the number drawers as your bench
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Might I suggest a Brother P-Touch label maker? They are amazing...I use it for everything, though the original purpose was to label my tool box. If you get the kind that uses the TZ tape, it will hold up to most anything you are going to throw at it. Nothing better than pulling the right drawer the first time. For the record, I have no affiliation with Brother, just really like the product and can say that it works.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:02 AM   #271
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AWESOME build man!! Came out great and seems to be quite popular amongst other member's! Can't beat that!
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:58 AM   #272
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Congrats Steevo the cabinets look great
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:06 AM   #273
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I bought one of these boxes online before there was a HF in Idaho Falls. It was the first box I bought a an auto tech and I've since moved up to a big Mcsimizer, but these are pretty decent boxes for the price. Making a bench out of them like that was a pretty sweet idea.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:38 AM   #274
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Very nice job Steevo.

I am curious how the oiled/waxed surface is doing for you? Would have been a lot more for Stainless, but Galvanized would work too..

I have been planning a similar bench build so this thread is now in my subscription list.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:57 AM   #275
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I like the rubber feet on your steel workbench. It reminded me that when I could not afford those nice anti-vibration rubber feet, I made some up out of old practice Hockey pucks I had laying around, here is what they look like:



Maybe this will help someone save a few bucks, I have them on my lathe workbench, milling machine and air compressor. Never a minutes trouble and the MSC equivalent costs nearly thirty dollars each!

I epoxied the bolt head in the bottom of the puck where a small recess was drilled out enough for the bolt head to be recessed a quarter inch or so. A little loc-tite or superglue on the bolt and washer on top of the puck will keep everything tied together and able to transmit the vibration of attached machinery or bench .

Enjoy

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If you have more pictures of what you did, I'd suggest you make a detailed thread on the subject. There's many people on here that would enjoy and appreciate it.
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I have chased a few small parts or tools under the bench, and now keep a steel yardstick handy to retrieve things.
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I read the entire thread, great ideas. I hate it when things roll under and are hard to get. Maybe a toe kick will help
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:00 PM   #277
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I'll bet if you walked into your local HF, grabbed the manager and said "I want 6 or 8 of these" you can probably get a bit more discount. The trick is finding a store with that many in stock.
Thanks to this thread I'm selling off my Kennedy rollers (no great loss - I only had two) and just picked up 4 of these. I did call the manager of the local Harbor Freight and ask what kind of discount I could get if I bought four. They were on sale for $399, with coupon for $379 and I got my four for $349. Nice.

I waffled a while in the store as the drawer slides seemed on the light side and being surrounded on all sides by the cheap products of Harbor Freight gave me pause. But for $1400 and all the praise they get here I took the gamble.

I like your frame idea and I'll probably modify it to include space for a stool between cabinets as my kids love to come out to the garage and color at my bench. Instead of lifting them in I'll use angle iron on three sides and then simply lift them with the pallet jack I got off CL today for $50 (just needed oil) and that will keep them up off the ground and the frame will level them.

Not sure on the counter top yet but perhaps stainless.

Anyway, as I get around to building the bench I'll post it in my thread. Thanks for the ideas.

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Old 02-09-2013, 01:50 AM   #278
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A bit off topic, but what is the model number on that fork lift ?

Do you have more pictures of it ?

I'd love to find a tiny forklift for my shop. Would be so handy.
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:17 AM   #279
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I wonder if there is any sort of industrial lazy susan contraptions that could be incorporated into the corner?
Awesome thread OP! And I was wondering the same as above, if there is an industrial lazy susan cabinet.

Below is a pic of one in white, and the purple one is what my dad calls "An Efficient Jane". I found no mention of "Efficient Jane" online, so maybe it is his age/wisdom speaking, but I think both could be built fairly easy if you have fab skills. I will do something like this when I blatantly copy the OPs idea one day.
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I like the rubber feet on your steel workbench. It reminded me that when I could not afford those nice anti-vibration rubber feet, I made some up out of old practice Hockey pucks I had laying around, here is what they look like:



Maybe this will help someone save a few bucks, I have them on my lathe workbench, milling machine and air compressor. Never a minutes trouble and the MSC equivalent costs nearly thirty dollars each!

I epoxied the bolt head in the bottom of the puck where a small recess was drilled out enough for the bolt head to be recessed a quarter inch or so. A little loc-tite or superglue on the bolt and washer on top of the puck will keep everything tied together and able to transmit the vibration of attached machinery or bench .

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Great idea!! You pick up the pucks off E-Bay pretty cheap too...
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