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Quick Work Bench

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Two plastic shelf kits from Lowe’s assemble into a 24 inch (2 foot) deep, 9 foot long standing work bench. The link above is not exactly the model displayed in the picture. These shelf units are available in different sizes and styles for $40-$80 each. While assembly the two shelf units stop when you are around waist high, 3 of 5 levels. With the left over’s, make a third short shelf and a double high self for the center section.

I plan to cover the table top with plywood and mount lights to the top center shelf to light the work area. The shelf is quite strong, so it should support a small table top drill press and a small vice. Maybe mount a peg board to the wall behind to hold some tools. So far it seems like a great addition to my work space. I can stand with plenty of access to a project and tools.

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This pictures shows the work space just after I scrounged the parts from an old scanner. You an also see some tools and my temporary lighting. The long skinny with thing on top of the center pile of stuff is a cold cathode ray light tube (CCFL) from the scanner. The small brown PCB is an inverter for the light tube. It converts 12V DC to high voltage AC (100+) to drive the tube. I have another one of these tubes and inverter from a previous scanner scrounge. I plan to wire these up for the under shelf lighting. I even got the wall wart power supply and a power switch from this scrounge. All I need to do is solder the inverter board to the wall wart and I’ve got light. I have several dead laptops with large backlight panels that I could also scrounge for lighting. But that is for another article.

Yes I could use LED lighting as well. I have plenty of LEDs but I like the bright light from CCFL and I have other uses for LEDs.

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  1. electronic parts says

    I really like the idea but my only issue is that I like to sit under like a desk. But this probably will work out fine.

  2. Chris says

    We use those shelves extensively around our office. They are sturdy, but we’ve found the plastic flexes and they can wobble when heavily loaded. The plywood is an excellent idea. I’d be very concerned about using something top-heavy like a drill press on one though. The wire ones are more expensive and much heavier, but are less prone to flex and wobble.