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Special "Tops" Turn Buckets Into Work Bench, Table
You can set up a work bench instantly with Handy Bucket Builder (HBB) bucket tops and 2 by 4 studs. The heavy-duty, hard plastic tops fit any standard 5-gal. bucket.
Flip a bucket over and set an HBB top in place. Set a second bucket in place, upside down over the first top, and place a second HBB top on it. Repeat once for a narrow two-column work surface. Repeat three times for a four square workbench. Rim tabs lock on the bucket edge lip. Set 2 by 4's in place, and screw or clamp plywood to them for a stable work surface or picnic table.
FARM SHOW recently tried out a set of HBB tops. With the 2 by 4's in vertical position, the workbench is 34 in. tall. In the horizontal position, the workbench measures out at a 32-in. height.
For simple handsaw or power saw work, two lengths of 2 by 4's one bucket high make a nice kneeling surface while cutting. They also make a quick bench when additional seating is needed.
While the company warns against using the system as scaffolding, the stability is exceptional. Tabs and bulges in the molded plastic help to hold the 2 by 4's in place. For added stability, the HBB tops have indents for toe-screwing the tops to the 2 by 4's. In the case of FARM SHOW's trials, bottom buckets were weighted with sand. This made for exceptional stability even when using only two sets of HBB tops.
HBB tops are available from a growing list of retailers who carry other products from the maker. They have a suggested list price of $9.99 each.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bercom, 1709 Lake Drive West, Chanhassen, Minn. 55317 (ph 952 448-2766; toll free 877 464-1170; sales@bercomincorporated.com; www.handypaintpail.com).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4