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46 - Utility Workbench, страница 23

Sources

o Mail-order sources for plastic storage bins are listed below:

Rand

300-366-2300

McFeeley's

&00-&47-7136

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As an option, you may want to add a simple storage unit that sits on top of the bench, see photo at right. The storage unit is a handy way to store a few supplies or to organize small pieces of hardware.

BINS. To hold the hardware, I used a number of plastic bins. It's best to purchase these bins before you get started. This will make it easy to determine the overall size of the storage unit.

Note: I bought plastic storage bins at a local home center. They're also available from the mail-order sources listed in the margin.

CONSTRUCTION. There's nothing complicated about the storage unit. It starts out as a pair of end pieces (U) and two shelves (V) made from 3/4" MDF, see Fig. 9. (I had pieces left over from the workbench.)

The shelves fit in dadoes near the top of the end pieces, see Fig. 9b. So when locating these dadoes, be sure there's enough clearance for the bins to slide in and out.

Before assembling the storage unit, you'll need to cut a rabbet in the back edge of each shelf, see Fig. 9a. This rabbet will accept a hardboard back that's added later.

ASSEMBLY. Now you're ready to assemble the storage unit. This is just a matter of gluing and clamping the shelves and end pieces together.

BACK. When the glue dries, it's time to add the back (W), see Fig. 9. It keeps the bins from sliding out the back of the storage unit. But more important, it adds rigidity that prevents the unit from racking. The back is a narrow strip of TV' hard-board that's cut to fit the opening between the shelves. Here again, it's simply glued and clamped in place.

APPLY FINISH. All that's left to complete the storage unit (and the workbench) is to apply a finish. To provide plenty of protection against dirt and moisture, I brushed on three coats of polyurethane.

Of course, there were the usual drips and spills. But it didn't matter much — they landed on the metal cover, so I just wiped them off.

Accessories

A Power Strip. To provide a convenient plug-in for my portable tools, I attached a power strip to the bench. The power cord for the strip feeds out a hole in back.

A Mounting Pads. A double layer of MDF provides a solid mounting pad for a vise (or grinder). Clamping the pad to the metal cover holds the tool securely in place.

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