I just completed my " dream " workbench and need some ideas as to what I can do with all the space inder it. I have 36 inches of free space under the bench. shelving is one option, but I would like to include pull out drawers for tools, building equipment and supplies. I am not a cabinet maker and am at best a fair carpenter. There will be a tool box at one end of the bench top and a small storage cabinet at the other end, leaving me about 8 feet of workable space on top. Thanks in advance Donald
On 5/9/2004 10:45 AM Ted shuffled out of his cave and grunted these great (and sometimes not so great) words of knowledge:
Another thing you may want to add, I recently did this on my work bench. I made a tilt out unit about 2' wide, 2 1/2' deep and 36" high. On the inside, before putting the sides on, I partitioned this off into various sizes using a piece of paneling cut into strips, many 3 1/4" wide by 2" deep, and a couple that were 2' wide by 3 1/2" and 2 that were 2' wide x 1' deep. I have labeled them and put my sheet balsa, balsa sticks and plywood in them. The 1' deep I use for cut pieces of plywood that would be too short to get out from the regular bin. Makes it convenient when you need to get some balsa. Of course, I still have the "scrap box" for the miscellaneous odds and ends of wood.
Drawers are not hard. Build a box without a lid. Get some 1x whatever height the side of the "box" is. Also pick up some corner molding - it is 90 degrees. Fasten one side to the 1x?, fasten the 1x to the underside of the workbench, put the other piece of 1x next to it (leave about 1/8" to allow for humidity changes and fasten the other 1x in place. Slide the "box" in place and attach a cabinet pull handle. Almost instant drawer, "custom" made for the size you need. It sounds harder than it actually is.
I'd suggest putting in a kegerator fridge under there, then when all your buds come over, you can pour them a tall frosty one, and yet the wife will never know how many you are actually putting away because you can just say you need another keg because Rob, Doug, Jack, and Geoff came over last weekend and the tap sprang a leak before you noticed it because you were burn-in-testing Jack's new Cox .049 engine.
Thanks for all the ideas. I may get a kitchen cabinet and slide it under the bench. The drawers I saw at Home Depot were $25.00 each and the base cabinet has 4 finished drawer just needing to be painted, or stained for $89.00. Either way thanks again the great ideas. The kegerator sounds really good, on a bad weater day you can have a few friends over and have a mini party,and maybe I can have some building help from the ones that have drank the least. Thanks Donald Puetz Hanover RC Club, Mechanicsville Va
K-Mart, Walmart, etc. has plastic drawer units on wheels for around $15-20. I have two of them under my bench. Each has three LARGE drawers. It's where I keep my engines, wheels, spinners, props, etc. They are on casters so they can easily be pulled out and rolled around if need be.