Storage and Workbench....

Sumner Oct 25, 2021

  1. Sumner

    Sumner TrainBoard Member

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    No train pictures here but hey we all need a place to store our stuff and work on it. Not sure but maybe this will help someone that needs to put up shelving that doesn't cost much, works very well and is fast to put up. It also includes a workbench if you need that.

    The shelving is easy to put up with minimal tools. I have a radial arm saw and table saw but if you have neither you could have the lumber yard rip a 4 ft x 8 ft sheet of 1/2” particle board into three 16 inch wide pieces for the shelves or four 12 inch wide shelves (minus a bit for the saw cut). The 1x2's can be cut quickly with a hand saw. A drill and driver bit for the drill would finish all the tools you would need.

    My attached shop is roughly 40 ft. X 40 ft. and is divided into three parts. A 12' X 13' store room with a 13' X 27' garage type room adjoining it and a main workshop area that is 27' X 40'. The larger shop area has an attached greenhouse along its 40 foot length that pretty much heats it during the winter as the greenhouse gets up to 90+ degrees any day with sun and being in the southwest that is most days.

    Last year I setup a workbench and a number of shelves...

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    .. in the 13' X 28' garage area (shown above). During the winter this area is colder as the warm greenhouse air doesn't get to it. I tried taking hot air off the ceiling in the other area and blowing it into this area. That helped some but I still had to run a space heater if I wanted to work in the area on most winter days.

    I decided I wanted to create a train workbench area in the larger shop but had a lot of car stuff in the way. I proceeded to get rid of a lot of stuff which opened up a wall that I could build shelving on along with a more permanent workbench. This will allow me to work in a larger warmer area that will also contain the main train layout.

    Below are pictures that show how I built the shelving and a workbench. I've used the same method to build other shelving in all three shop areas. It is a fast cheap and efficient way to put up shelving. I put up the plywood wall, the shelving and built the workbench shown below in about 8 to 10 hours over 3-4 days as I don't put in 8 hour days any longer.

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    If you have a sheetrock wall screw the 1x2's to the studs behind the sheetrock.

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    Part 2 on next page. A link to the info on my site ( HERE )

    Sumner
     
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    Sumner TrainBoard Member

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    ….. Shelving and Workbench continued …......

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    The bracing that was added above between the third and fourth shelves was needed to support the middle of the third shelf along with the middle of the shelves above the bracing since the middle bracing below there was removed.

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    I wanted to be able to slide the workbench in and out and also have a fixed shelf above it at the back. In the picture above one can see how that was accomplished.

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    If you need some cheap, easy to build shelving that can be put up with minimal tools you might want to try the shelving shown above. A link to the above on my site ( HERE ).

    Sumner
     
  3. wvgca

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    i like that hodaka sign ...been a while since i've seen one !
     
  4. Sumner

    Sumner TrainBoard Member

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    That dates you a little bit :). A partner and I had a Honda/Suzuki/Norton shop in the late 60's in Alton, Ill. I sold out to him and moved to Wyoming where I got the Hodaka dealership so I could get the engines and wheels to build Van Tech framed dirt bikes.

    One I still have....

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    Didn't sell but a few. Was kind of ahead of the times,

    Sumner
     
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  5. Shortround

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    I also noticed the Hodaka sign. It has been a long time since see those. :LOL:
     
  6. minesweeper

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    I used an old kitchen we do not use anymore to rack a little bit of storage space in the garage, the top will be workbench or layout base according to how and when i will finish the garage walls.
    There are now another two items on the left side and the top cover is all assembled (it is OBS on the side and a kind of solid plank on the front, both of them 18 millimeters thick).
    The hanging components will go on the floor later, I plan to go all around the garage using these, other pieces of furniture I have of comparable size and IKEA kitchen component you get on their second hand corner, so that I have enough closed storage space for the models, and a base for the layout (which is modular), albeit I will have to match the couple of inches of height difference among the different items.

    On top of all there will be the regular shelves you can see. These will also help protect the layout from dust as the garage is not fully finished.

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    Cost, at least for now is about 100 euros (110 $) due to the front plank being expensive (OBS would bend under the weight).
    I later had to set up a support under the front plank as it started to sink under load (I stored on the area the other kitchen items, quite an heavy load), but it is good I did, as now it is all fixed.
    will keep you posted.
     
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