Stow-Away Whiteboard and Magnetic Tool Holder

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Add a sliding, tilting whiteboard or a slick magnetic tool holder to your bench without hogging up precious space.

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Step 2: Unused space = opportunity

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First, identify underutilized space underneath shelving. Then acquire some:

1/8" thick marker board, scrap wood, brass hinges, #8 wood screws, and some random small screws. You may also want some wood glue.

You will also need a saw, a drill, a screwdriver,

It helps to have a table saw or a router to cut dadoes. But you can get around that by gluing the rails together.

Step 3: First, cut some wood for the rails

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Here I cut a couple of strips of 3/4" plywood for the rails. As you can see, they are too long, now. I will trim them down, later.

This rail will hold the whiteboard in this unused space above my scope.

Step 4: Cut rails

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If you have a table saw or a router, it can be used to cut a dado into the rails. This is the slot that the whiteboard will slide in. Use of dangerous powertools is not covered in this Instructable. Please refer to the users manual for your tools and adhere to proper safety procedures. When cutting slots with a table saw, I recommend use of push sticks. With a router, be aware of which direction the bit is cutting, and always push the workpiece in the opposite direction to that of the cutting surface.

You don't want a really tight fit. Just a little bit of slop would be preferable to a tight fit.

Step 5: Cut the marker board

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Now cut the marker board to fit the space. Then cut a strip off the back of the board.

Step 6: Stop block and hinges

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You will need to attach a hinge to either end of the marker board so that it will bend. Don't place it right at the edge. You need to leave a little room for the rails and for a stop block.

I cut a little groove in the stop blocks so that they slide over the back of the board, and then they are screwed on.

This is brilliant!

Thank you. This gives my bench a bit of a James Bond feel. Even though I, like many of us, here, am probably a bit more like Q.

Most important to me, it gives me a place to put my small tools and jewelers screwdrivers within easy reach and sight, but without having them fall all over the place when I run probes or wires across the bench. I have tried lots of methods over the years, including using a GPS/phone holder with articulating arm, and this is by far the best, yet!