2014 - Volume #38, Issue #3, Page #38[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
24-Toolbox Workbench Ready For Any Task
At the top of the bench are 26 slide-out drawers that hold a variety of small parts, screws, bolts, nuts, etc. Each drawer has a big handle so it’s easy to pull out and take to a job.
But his bench is more than just a storage area. At 5 ft. long by 30 in. deep with a 38-in. tall work surface, the compact design is packed with handy features. An air compressor hose (with a gauge mounted next to it) and trouble light cord are on spring-wound rollers that pull out for easy use when needed. Likewise, the suction hose of a vacuum system nests in a coiling cage.
Mooney built the compact workbench to fit in his two-car garage. It’s made out of angle iron, plate steel and sheet metal, and mounted on heavy-duty wheels for mobility.
He can add to the size of the bench top by pulling out a sliding shelf. The bench is well lit with fluorescent tube lights under the 1/4-in. plate steel hood above the bench. He has a magnification lamp available when needed.
Finally, Mooney can work comfortably, seated on an attached mobile dentist stool that he obtained when his dentist remodeled.
If he were to build it again, Mooney says he would use larger wheels and lighter materials, such as aluminum alloy, to make the bench easier to move around. He would also use LED lighting.
“The unit has been in constant use for over 25 years,” Mooney says. “I have found it to be invaluable as a systemic solution to increasing the efficiency of various jobs around the farm and household. It also may be of use in schools, manufacturing and other settings that require a more efficient and consistent maintenance schedule.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dan Mooney, Nevada Forge, 156 Tahoe Dr., Carson City, Nevada 89703 (ph 775 882-5705; email@example.com).
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