Introduction: Expandable Workbench Tool Stand
I am a big tinker and project person. As such I have a lot of tools, parts and whatnots sitting on my workbench. I actually have 3 full-size workbenches in my side of the double car garage. My problem is that it is hard to use any tool because there just is not a convenient place to store them ready to hand. Enter Thingverse's user Engunneer "Expandable Workbench Tool Stand". Found at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:98975.
He did a great job setting up the files to be cut on any laser cutter. I am lucky to have access to 4 Epilog Laser cutters Model Legend 36EXT. I used Corel draw to set up a page for the cutters, and then added the different modules. All his files are set up in mm so you need to make sure to open them up in mm scale. Once that is done the cutting works very well. He set up the slots for 3mm ply wood but I used 1/8th without any issue. He has two versions, I used version R2.1. I printed the R2.1 expansion, R2.1 insert box, R2.1 Base unit large holder, R2.1 Base unit spool dowel and both the R2.1 Top large tools and R2.1 Top small tools. I printed multiple copies because i wanted to have the flexibility. One thing I found is in the R2.1 Expansion there are two U shape connectors. You want to copy these and print more than the two supplied. Especially if you want to make multiple expanded stands.
Step 1: Setting Up the Page to Be Printed
So here are the three Corel pages I set-up. They are set for 36 x 24 inch bed.
Step 2: Cutting the Parts
Once you have the parts arranged how you want them. You can send the job to the laser cutter.
Step 3: Parts
Here are all the parts after they have been Lasered.
Step 4: Assembly
Here is where you can get a little creative. You have a few options, big hole tool holder, small hole, solder holder, plain and the trays. I would experiment before you glue anything to Here is where you can get a little creative. You have a few options, big hole tool holder, small hole, solder holder, plain and the trays. I would experiment before you glue anything to ether and try out the different combinations. Then when you are ready super glue works great.
You use the U clips to hold the sections together at the top read and bottom front. The end clips go on at back top and bottom from of the left and right sections. You will notice that the solder holder has holes for the solder wire to exit.
That's it, enjoy your new organized work space.
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