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    I'm working (in stages) on a big work bench and storage unit to go the full length of the back wall of my shop. I originally planned a single monolithic steel top bench 56 feet long. I've since decided to make it semi modular because somebody will want to disassemble and sell it. Probably at the estate sale after I die.

    I also asked my wife if she had any ideas about how to get more out of it. She made what is actually a fantastic suggestion. Put 6 or 8 foot long wing benches in every 8 feet. This allows me to make 8 foot modules with drawers one at a time, and in the long run will increase the bench top surface by nearly 1.5-1.8 times. Sure that's more surface area to suffer from HSD (horizontal surface disease), but it means its also more space to pile up things out of the way to make room for the current project.

    I have some steel tube (its pretty expensive right now), and I have 1/4 inch steel plate for the entire project.

    Drawers are the problem. I can make plywood drawers (probably one or two at a time unless the price comes down) that will easily manage hundred of pounds. More specifically though drawer slides are the problem. I recently found a source for 250lb 30 inch slides at a pretty reasonable price. I think the seller wound up with a huge surplus lot. I've purchased 32 sets so far, and will purchase a probably get that many more. Now what I am looking for are LONG ASS HEAVY DUTY drawer slides for the wing benches. I think 60 inch is a minimum, and 72 would be better. I've found a fair number of 60 inchers. The good news is every set I've found is rated for 500lbs. The bad news is every set I've found is relatively expensive. I may not do all the wings that way, but I hate to create dead space in the middle of all this investment either. I'd like to setup at least one 6 foot wing with slide out drawers/trays for storing six foot stock. Long stock will probably still have be stored outside for now.

    Now before any of you all go off and tell me about buying a hodge podge of desks, file cabinets, and bins at auctions and yard sales... for the purpose of this I just don't care. I want something better than that. I have a hodge podge of stuff already, and that will probably all go upstairs over my office.
    *** I always wanted a welding stinger that looked like the north end of a south bound chicken. Often my welds look like somebody pointed the wrong end of a chicken at the joint and squeezed until something came out. Might as well look the part.

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    Look into truck bed slides. Lots of companies making them now, and it might give you something different to google. I have no idea how much they are new, but I've seen a couple used ones under $100 up here.

    Pull out bench wing is a actually a pretty good idea.

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    • #3
      Actually permanent wing benches. Drawers just go in lengthwise so there is no dead space where it goes between the main bench modules.

      I was thinking about making some of them only half extension and open to the side in the back half. Then I could use two cheaper slides to support the drawer. One is closed and one is open when the drawer is fully closed. Reverse when opened. Use the full slide on the bottom for stock, and if necessary I could add wheels to those. Lots of ideas percolating right now.

      Truck bed slides is a good search idea. I'll give it a shot.
      *** I always wanted a welding stinger that looked like the north end of a south bound chicken. Often my welds look like somebody pointed the wrong end of a chicken at the joint and squeezed until something came out. Might as well look the part.

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      • #4
        A very inventive friend once suggested a solution to HSD. Hinge the bench top at the front with a linear actuator underneath at the rear. Every night at a preset time a timer triggers the actuator, raising the bench top and unloading any accumulation.
        It's all mind over matter.
        If you don't mind, it don't matter.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bob La Londe View Post
          I'm working (in stages) on a big work bench and storage unit to go the full length of the back wall of my shop. I originally planned a single monolithic steel top bench 56 feet long. I've since decided to make it semi modular because somebody will want to disassemble and sell it. Probably at the estate sale after I die.

          I also asked my wife if she had any ideas about how to get more out of it. She made what is actually a fantastic suggestion. Put 6 or 8 foot long wing benches in every 8 feet. This allows me to make 8 foot modules with drawers one at a time, and in the long run will increase the bench top surface by nearly 1.5-1.8 times. Sure that's more surface area to suffer from HSD (horizontal surface disease), but it means its also more space to pile up things out of the way to make room for the current project.

          I have some steel tube (its pretty expensive right now), and I have 1/4 inch steel plate for the entire project.

          Drawers are the problem. I can make plywood drawers (probably one or two at a time unless the price comes down) that will easily manage hundred of pounds. More specifically though drawer slides are the problem. I recently found a source for 250lb 30 inch slides at a pretty reasonable price. I think the seller wound up with a huge surplus lot. I've purchased 32 sets so far, and will purchase a probably get that many more. Now what I am looking for are LONG ASS HEAVY DUTY drawer slides for the wing benches. I think 60 inch is a minimum, and 72 would be better. I've found a fair number of 60 inchers. The good news is every set I've found is rated for 500lbs. The bad news is every set I've found is relatively expensive. I may not do all the wings that way, but I hate to create dead space in the middle of all this investment either. I'd like to setup at least one 6 foot wing with slide out drawers/trays for storing six foot stock. Long stock will probably still have be stored outside for now.

          Now before any of you all go off and tell me about buying a hodge podge of desks, file cabinets, and bins at auctions and yard sales... for the purpose of this I just don't care. I want something better than that. I have a hodge podge of stuff already, and that will probably all go upstairs over my office.
          lol, you seem like a fun guy. never heard of HSD before, that had me on my ass.
          "it is no measure of mental health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." -- krishnamurti
          "look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -- albert einstien
          "any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."

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          • #6
            But that would only work until the pile on the floor reaches the bench height. And you would need a bulldozer.

            I am very jealous of all that shop space.



            Originally posted by MrWhoopee View Post
            A very inventive friend once suggested a solution to HSD. Hinge the bench top at the front with a linear actuator underneath at the rear. Every night at a preset time a timer triggers the actuator, raising the bench top and unloading any accumulation.
            Paul A.
            SE Texas

            And if you look REAL close at an analog signal,
            You will find that it has discrete steps.

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