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Hi there, just a small post about a helping hand about the shop.

Now as you are aware I find myself serving time in my workshop, not through any crime I have committed, but purely through my inconvenience of retirement. My good wife does not invoke such encouragement as time off for good behavior etc. although I am allowed visiting rights to my abode for occasional sustenance and sleep overs.

If you have read my recent saw fence and out feed table contributions you will ascertain it kept me busy for a few weeks, but now they are complete I have time on my hands, and I get bored. I still have to go out to the workshop, apparently, it’s in the small print of my obligation to my wife on retirement.

Well one day as I stood there with my comforter strapped around my waist, looking for something to do, my good wife appeared at my side.

What are you doing she inquired? Well, out feed tables finished and I’m beginning to think of a tidy up, maybe even let a few things go, not sure what though. That’s easy she said, just look around the shop and pick out something that’s been around awhile, that annoys you and you are sure you can live without.

I looked over at her and she looked back. Silent seconds went by. Well thought of anything yet she asked, and stop staring at me.

I eventually decided on my second choice of an old table that was originally used in a retirement home that pushed across a bed with the main top inclined for reading. I decided it should go. No way she retorted. That table has followed you around the shop for about 20 years. Yes, I had to admit it has, but look at it I returned. It’s tatty. Well do something about it and left.

So, I set to work, firstly removing said tatty top, cut a new one from melamine kitchen shelf and trimmed it off around the edges with pvc plastic facing you use for facia and soffits. Decided to insert pop out trays in one end. Kept them loose. I use these trays all the time, handy on projects where you are stripping something down. I usually buy ten at a time from Dobbie’s at £1.49 each. They are seed trays without the holes.

Job complete and it should be good for another few years. Did away with the tilting tray, now fixed and left the rise and fall leg that allows you to set it at any height you are working at. Also, handy for supporting long pieces of timber at a machine.

I have to admit I use it continually about the workshop, may not be so useful in a small shop situation, but I’m lucky in that I have a fair floor area.

Have to go, just got a call from my first choice to come in for a cup of tea.

Yours
Colin
Scotland
 

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Great idea, Colin. A handy roll around station to hold parts and small tools.
 

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Nice job . I’d love to have that in my basement gym right about now . I have an assortment of nuts,bolts and washers etc , all over the place as I’m building a new machine .
That would work perfect with those bins ;)
 

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Great idea, and I'm sure it will come in handy. But look at all the wasted space underneath, really needs a little cabinet there, at least as high as the lower leg. Now that you have all that free time...............
 
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