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 Post subject: Tool stand
PostPosted: Oct Wed 31, 2018 3:30 pm 
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Each time I start a new restoration it begins smoothly but within a short period of time my bench is covered in various tools, wire, solder and anything else you can think of. I’m always looking for a specific tool or part and I’m always searching my bench to find where it’s hidden. I purchased an NC-173 on EBay and I knew it was a large radio. Business as usual was not going to work. So I decided to build a separate portable work station for my tools. I went into my workshop to see what materials I had.

I took some 3/4 “plywood and layered two pieces together to form a solid base in a crisscross fashion. I found some 2” swivel wheels and added those to the bottom. I had a length of 3” PVC pipe and cut it to length for a height I was happy with. I screwed an end cap to the base and inserted the pipe. I found that it was sturdy enough that I didn’t have to use any PVC cement. This enables me to disassemble it in the future if need be. The top is an 18”x18” piece of ½” plywood. I added 1x2 pine rails to keep everything on board. I screwed a 6”x6” piece of ¾” plywood to the bottom of the top and then screwed another end cap to the 6”x6” plywood. I had some plastic tool cabinet liner and cut a piece for the top. It dampens the sound when I toss a tool on the stand. Makes a difference.

I’m half way through the restoration and it’s so nice to have just the radio, parts and soldering iron on my bench. The clutter is gone and my tools are right where I can find them. I made the height of the stand so that it can fit under my bench when not in use. Without question the most useful thing I’ve built for my shop.


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PostPosted: Oct Wed 31, 2018 3:59 pm 
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nice, good idea

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 Post subject: Re: Tool stand
PostPosted: Oct Wed 31, 2018 4:03 pm 
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That is a really neat idea. I used to work at a bench that had slide out trays, so you could stow the tool tray in the bench. Moving tools was a pain. Your idea solves that, and I like the ability to break it down for storage if needed.

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 Post subject: Re: Tool stand
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That's very nice.

But it's much too neat.
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 Post subject: Re: Tool stand
PostPosted: Oct Wed 31, 2018 7:33 pm 
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Looks like you need to make some wedges to go under you work!

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PostPosted: Oct Wed 31, 2018 10:54 pm 
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Very well done. Looks almost like it was store bought. Radiofa has something on the same concept here he posted last June that I followed. It's just like your top, but it sits on the bench. I made mine a 14"X14" tray. It's nice to just look over and grab the tool you need instead of searching around the bench for it. It looks like you painted the PVC the same color as the tray edges. That got me thinking that a lot of us go out of the way to make the chassis look original by cleaning it real good or hiding the filter caps in the can. We want the cabinet to look like the day it was delivered to the customer and we do the same thing when we build some crazy thing that makes our job a little easier. My tray started out at 15", but the 45 corners weren't perfect. So it took 1/2 a day correcting that and it ended up 14". Then it had to be sanded and 2 coats of clear. I had a lot of fun doing it though.

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Great idea.

I don't have the work space to have another object near my bench.
My solution is a reused keyboard drawer.
Nine out of ten tools I need are on this drawer.


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Very nice!

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PostPosted: Dec Mon 24, 2018 2:00 am 
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I made something similar except I used the base and casters off of discarded office stairs. the work great and are free. I made a couple of tables and some taller lift stands that are easy to roll around to get into position.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Photog ... and-handy/

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