pompey2 Posted November 28, 2014 Share #1 Posted November 28, 2014 Hi I have been engaged on a project recently that I thought i might share. To Design and build a Custom work station. Problem: I am now at the stage of my Victory build (Rigging) where I need the ship at the front of my bench for access to get amongst the rigging. However I still need to use many tools and materails and use the bench for cutting, making bits etc. So I have a bench cluttered with tools and materails. A ship that has to come forward to work or be pushed back to allow space for a cutting mat and work room. Solution: Create a method of keeping tools etc close to hand, plus provide a secondary work surface. First hunt around for a suitable exiting option, result - find nothing even close. So I decide to make my own. As the thought process developed I realised there are many features I could incorporate which would be useful. Outline proposal: I am a SolidWorks user so I would do all of the desing in detail in SolidWorks, refine it and go from there. I want to have a tray, at a usable height next to my elbow, good size with well defined 'homes' for tools etc. To prevent it getting in the way it will need to be on castors. To prevent using up floor space it will need to push under my current bench top when not in use. It should also have facitiy to act as a work space with a cutting mat. It needs to be able to store all of my smaller tools etc which means I can dispence with my current tool box and various stogare devices. Should it be a 'pretty' piece of furnature? - absolutely not, to attempt that would compramise the functionality and be beyond my skills so function rules! Would this project be an effective solution, be a good use of time etc - absolutely not, but I will hugely enjoy the design and build process and that is reason enough - decision made. Materials to be mostly MDF and timber sections. Design underway: First consider the worksurface. Solution, set the size of the station to accomodate a cutting mat, include a thin surround to prevent the mat slipping around. Then plan a tray to sit on top of this surface, slightly bigger, with a four sided frame on the bottom face so that it will sit securely on top of the cutting mat - lift it off to use mat, otherwise at hand for contents. Include a couple of finger cutouts This is a view on the base I spent some time deciding which tools I wanted close and planned out the available space into compartments. Constuction to be 4 & 6mm wide timber sections x 25mm high. Cylinder represents the maximum height component And sitting in place: Thats it for the moment (out of time), i will continue soon. Nick BANYAN, WackoWolf, LFrankCPA and 6 others 9 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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