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ULTIMATE Mobile Workshop – PART 2 – V-Nose Workbench / Power Tool Cabinet

How to build a simple wall mounted workbench and cabinets for power tools. The V-nose of the Ultimate Mobile Workshop is going to serve as my main workbench. I used 2x4s and plywood to make a simple counter top and covered the wall in 1/2″ plywood to organize my hand tool holders.

The power tool cabinet above each of the two-way drawers uses grooves in plywood to allow you to fit any size tool you want. Simply move the dividers around to change the slot size from 4 inches up to 24 inches.

HUGE THANKS to Lark United Manufacturing:
www.larkunited.com

Trailer Pre-construction Tour:
https://goo.gl/7mKcNp

Mike Makes a 4 Section Lumber Rack

My shop is a mess. The biggest problem is all the lumber scattered throughout the workshop. I’ve got full sheets of plywood next to small piles of hardwood. Today I did something about it and built a custom lumber rack! It has vertical storage for plywood, trim, and bins for other scraps.

I built this without a plan and as a result some of my joinery wasn’t the strongest, but once everything was tied together it was very sturdy.

Mike Makes an X-Carve Lift/Work Bench/Out Feed Table (Drill Powered Thingy)

Today I finished making my adjustable height work bench with drill powered X-Carve CNC machine lift. I made the lift out of 2 trailer jacks flipped upside down connected by a 1/2″ rod.

Lift Mechanism Video – https://goo.gl/V2577x

I made the top shelf removable so when I need to use the CNC machine, I simply “lift” the middle shelf up to bench level. You could use the same design to build an adjustable height desk by removing the 4 outside legs. I still need to add a hand crank and adjustable feet.

drill powered lift table

Mike Makes an Adjustable Height Workbench (Lifting Mechanism)

I’m building an adjustable height workbench but I needed a lifting mechanism to raise and lower the middle shelf. I decided to use 2 trailer jacks (Curt 28204) and 1/2″ rod to connect them. This same design could be used to make an adjustable height desk.

No one part of this project was difficult, but everything took a little longer than expected. The end result seems very sturdy and is a good foundation to build a workbench/out feed table from.

Mike Makes a Safety Gear Cabinet

I bought a bunch of woodworking safety gear on Amazon a few weeks ago. I’ve been working with it and my only problem is everything gets too dusty in the shop.

I decided to build a safety gear cabinet with a plexiglass door so it stays dust free and always on my mind. I also do a review of a few items including: 3M safety glasses, Uvex s1600x bandit glasses, 3M Peltor H10A and the 3M TEKK worktunes hearing protection.

Mike Makes a Dovetail Desk (Steel into Wood)

I’m waiting for the solenoid valves for the whiskey chiller to come in, so I decided to “take a break” this week and make a desk for our house. It ended up being something unique and used “dovetails” to join the wood to the metal frame.

I couldn’t find anyone else online who has done this, so I didn’t know how it would turn out. It actually looks pretty cool. The only thing I would change is somehow leaving the top 2″ instead of rabbeting the edges. It looks a little wimpy now.

PS. Yes, I know I should be wearing safety goggles when cutting and grinding.

DIY Vintage Light Switch (Frankenstein Knife Switch)

Parts and Build:

I bought an antique knife switch off eBay as a decoration. When I got it in the mail, I knew I wanted to make it actually work.  But I needed to make it safe.  So I used a solid state relay and a phone changer to wire everything together.  You can watch the process in the video above.  I got everything to fit inside of the light switch box, so I didn’t need to drill into the wall.

 

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11_mounting lights_on testing

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