Quiet Bench

I am an apartment dweller who loves to do small metal work. I have somewhat adapted to keep the noise down, but there is one huge problem: I can hardly tap on anything without my bench/table turning into an amplifying resonating chamber...Boom! I have the same problem with filing and sawing. I would love some thoughts on economical methods for deadening the vibrations. Thanks!

Topic by eruger 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Solar Benches

I just saw this on digg and I thought I would post it here. These benches look pretty cool, but I wonder how well they would work.http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/05/solar-powered-bench-is-eco-and-geek-friendly.php

Topic by Gjdj3 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


portable artist bench?

Anyone have easy plans for making  a portable artist's bench (aka "horse")?  I mean, like really, really portable for a woman who has neck and shoulder issues?  I saw an amazing one on eBay, but it costs $250.00.  Any ideas? Here is the eBay link, if you would like to see what I'm talking about.   http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dllViewItem&Item;= 270363834810&Category;=41204&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26its%3DI%26otn%3D1#ht_1531wt_1139

Topic by LauraGrimes 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How Was This Bench Upholstered?

I picked up this bench for $20 at Salvation Army. It's nothing special, seems to have been built relatively recently but it was in decent shape and I thought I could salvage it. The thing is I can't figure out how the seats were attached to the frame. When I bought it there was a border of old material that was stapled and glued to the top of the frame. I pulled out the staples and removed most of the material but you can see the stray threads where there's still some glue. There was also a plywood square in each recess in the frame but it seems a bit flimsy to support one's weight. There doesn't appear to be any diagonal supports for a seat to screw into like I've seen in most chairs. Any idea how this was originally constructed?? Thanks for your help! -Carl

Topic by carlbaron 5 years ago


rolling work bench

Does anyone have any feedback on workbenches on wheels? I've got some old shop lockers from a school that got demolished and I'd like to put wheels and a top on and use as a moveable work area. I've got two locking casters and two free moving casters to put on the bottom, but am not sure about the steadiness of the work surface. Any thoughts or Ideas? I will be putting tools in the locker so that will weigh it down quite a bit. Foothill Frontier

Topic by foothillfrontier 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to stretch holes in a steel frame?

I ran into a glitch in rehabing an old park bench.  The wooden slats were rotted out, so I'm saving the wrought iron end frames and fitting them with new poplar slats.  I included a mid-project picture below of one of the end frames. I don't know if you can notice from the picture, the holes in the frame for mounting the slats were not in a straight line, but rather haphazardly.  So each board needs to be custom-drilled to match the mounting holes in the frames. Problem is, I originally measured the distance between the bolts on one of the old slats and used that measurement to drill ALL the new (expensive) hardwood boards.  I had made the careless assumption that the holes in the frames would be in a straight line. Never assume good workmanship! After drilling the slats, I applied about 5 coats of clear urethane spar varnish.  The new slats look supreme, and I don't want to zorkk them up by drilling a second hole in each board to match the stupid end frames.  So the only way out of the quagmire I can see is to drill the frame to match the boards.  OK! Problem is, most of the new holes in the frames would intersect the old holes, and I know that drilling an intersecting hole is problematic, especially in 3/16" steel.  So I need advice on how to stretch holes in steel into an oval shape.  I'm thinking some sort of router bit, or a grinding bit that I could use with a hand drill. Suggestions?  Thanks.

Question by LesB 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


SMPS to Bench Supply - Help

Hi There, I want to make a bench supply using my old SMPS. I have seen many tutorials and I've some questions which I need assistance with. My SMPS says 12 V @ 25 A, 5 V @ 10 A and so on.. In tutorials I see people soldering all the same colored wires to one output 12V, 5V, 3.3V and so on. So, if we do that and I connect a 12V device that operates @ 2A or 3A  to the 12V ouput @ 25A in SMPS that we make, will it fry my device. If so, how do we control the current to supply 12V @ 2A only. I want to make a bench supply with below specifications. Can I do that? 1. I want 2 to 3 outputs each for 12V, 5V and 3V. 2. I want to regulate the current for each such socket mentioned in clause 1 to 1A, 2A, 3A and so on.. Is that possible? If so, how any instructions? Thanks, Avinash B

Topic by goudavinash_b 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


How do you make a cushion for a bench or banquette?

I need to sew a cushion for a rectangular bench. It's 48"x16" and it should be at least 2" high. It will be made out of red vinyl.

Question by Imprest 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What's are some good tools to put in a work bench?

I want to build a custom work bench with with built in tools, but I don't know the most usefull tools to include and what would just be pointless.

Question by BrickSmith 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Could someone post an instructable on the proper way to use a bench grinder? Answered

I'm looking to buy a bench grinder soon.  I've seen them, touched them, read many an instructable requiring them, etc. It would be great if someone could post an instructable on proper do's and don'ts as well as the different wheels you can get for them and their specific uses. I should also explain that I might be getting one secondhand and currently am not certain if i'll the manual will come with it, which is why i'm asking. Cheers

Question by Pat_Maroney 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Removing seriously rusted bolts?

I picked up this old and weather worn but nice bench at Goodwill.  Made of REAL materials, metal and wood.  No plastic!   The first link below shows the whole bench.  The slats are deteriorated and if I can't rehab them I will look for a hardwood pallet to repurpose.  The problem I'm facing is that the 1/4" steel bolts attaching the slats have rusted.  I will replace these with stainless steel bolts, but I first need to remove the rusted bolts, without damaging the frame or further damaging the wood.  The other two links show the two sides of the bolts.  I think these are beyond loosening with WD-40.  The best I can think of is to grasp the back end of the bolt with a locking plier and drill through the head with a 1/4" bit.  If you know of a better method, I'd like to hear.   Another question is, once I have this bench rehabed, it will be sitting where it gets exposure to the sun for most of the day. What is the best clear coating that I can apply to preserve the wood under this circumstance? Bench http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t306/lesiz/Bench-1.jpg Screw (front) http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t306/lesiz/BenchS.jpg Nut (back) http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t306/lesiz/BenchN.jpg

Question by LesB 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How to build a sound bench

I'm a sound designer & I'd like to make a solar-powered sound bench. Any ideas on what components I'd need and how to put it together. Basically I'm thinking of solar panels, a transformer, a playback system (mp3 player?), speakers, and a way for people to play the tracks. All installed inside the arms of the bench. Any ideas would be gratefully received!

Question by chrisumney 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Wood bench sizes&diagram

Hi! I want to built a bench like the following: http://passim.co.il/picllery_files/garden_bench_1.jpg  someone can send me sizes or diagram of something similar or even link to toturial that made something like this?  thanks!

Topic by sgamil 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Making new bench seat

I need to remake the rear bench seat for my boat. The old one is about 100lbs and I would like something a little lighter. I can make a new frame with aluminum, but I am stuck with what to replace the cushions with. Whatever foam they are using is super heavy as well. Is there some way to remake the seat with styrofoam beads beads or something and still maintain form? I considered making a cheap gel seat using a thinned out mixture of silicone, but that wouldn't be any lighter than the original bench and would likely be heavier, actually. I think foam beads would work pretty slick.

Topic by Cerd71 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


calculating yardage bench cushions?

I have four slabs of foam about 3" thick,  each: L 32 5/8" X W 14 5/8"  I plan to sew  box-type cushion slip-covers for each. How much yardage should I buy? I figure I should add about an extra yard for errors? Any advice in this regard would be greatly appreciated. blessings

Question by seth310 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


PSU bench power supply

My PSU appears to have blown up over the christmas holidays- it was a bit unreliable before, but now it won't boot up my computer at all. I replaced it with a spare from work which works fine, so I now have a not-working 400W PSU I'd like to make a bench power supply from, that will hopefully kick-start my desire to get into microcontroller programming. Does anyone know what the chances are that a broken PSU (no sign of magic smoke, it just doesn't power my computer any more) will still be working enough to use as a DC power supply? If it is, the 'Ibles sometimes disagree- what is the accepted way of keeping it turned on (short a pair of wires, attach a resistor across a pair etc)? It's a 20-pin connector with square 4-pin aux and the usual complement of molex.

Topic by PKM 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Is it possible to convert bench drill machine to automatic drill machine ? Answered

Please if some one can help and guide in detail , thanks in advanceI have this type of bench drill machine 1, I want to convert it to double chucks2, so that it can hold two drills3, I want to drill diameter 4mm, depth 5mm in two pieces simultaneously 4 I want to put some sensors so that drill bit( dia 4mm) should automatically go deep to 5mm After touching the job surface and then should go up again so that we can put another same job again5 It should also sense the load the drill bit is having while drilling and it should stop automatically when the drill bit has certain higher load so that it can be re grinded and re fitted again Thanks In advance

Question by Singh 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Turning on an old Psu

Hey there, I got this old PSU, a Delta DPS-350EB-3 from an HP NetServer. I'm trying to make a lab power supply out of it, i just can't get it to power on. There's a blue wire bundled with a ground that when shorted will power the psu for a second then shut it back off.  I tried to put a load on the 5v & 12v with no success. Anyone got an idea? Thanks

Topic by wbzial 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Turning On an old PSU - When all failed

Hey there ! I have this old psu that came from an HP NetServer, Delta DPS-350EB, an old AT form psu and i just can't get it to turn on manually. I have a Dark Blue wire bundled with a ground that's coming from a ''pwr ON'' labeled pin in the psu, when shorted the psu come alive for 2 seconds then shut back off. I tried putting a load (CD drive) on the 5v with no success. Tried shorting all the other cable (those that i know aren't 3v, 5v, 12v + or -) with no succes. Anyone got an idea? Thanks Bill

Topic by wbzial 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Can I change a loveseat into a backless one so it looks like a rolled arm bench?

The loveseat does not have attached cushions.  It's has throw pillows, but it is angled out a little. I wanted to cut the back frame down as this is sitting in front of a window and I don't want view blocked.

Question by LauraG3 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


type of cement for building concrete benches?

I recently bought a bench mold so I could build a cement garden bench   The mold has some delicate designs in it.   I tried using quikrite 5000 and other cements with basic aggregates already premixed, but it did not come out crisp. The designs were pitted by aggregates I think.   I am wondering if a simple Portland cement with only sand would work? I also incorporate rebar as well?

Question by JamesP250 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Bench power supply potentiometer for 20v?

Hello! I am trying to build a bench power supply from a laptop power supply and i need a potentiometer capable to handle 0-20v. I have tried many times with different potentiometers but they all start smoking and later starts burning :( i don't know that much about elektroniks circuits so be gentle :) Please help me!

Question by WaNa_Cookie 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Shop made bench power supply.

Hello I have an atx dual sata 550 watt power supply... I have seen a bunch of instructables on here that allow just a few different voltage selections.. I have also seen a few with potentiometers to allow it to be more adjustable (dial up or down the voltage). That is what i want, i dont want to be limited to just three different options. S my question to you is, what type of potentiometer do i need to buy for this? And will a regular autostore purchased dashboard voltage meter window work? Also, what type of fuse/or breaker should i use?. Do i even need one? I also head i need some kind of "switch" for this as well. I found circut diagrams, i found list of items needed, but most of the instructables ihave found arent very specific on the specs of these extra items needed... Any help or direction would greatly help. Im going out to radio shack today and would love to grab the items needed to finish this priject. Thanks all...

Topic by SlickSqueegie 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Potentiometer for 20v??

Hello! I am trying to build a bench power supply from a laptop power supply and i need a potentiometer capable to handle 0-20v. I have tried many times with different potentiometers but they all start smoking and later starts burning :( i don't know that much about elektroniks circuits so be gentle :) Please help me!

Topic by WaNa_Cookie 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Possible Contest Topic

Is there a contest about the things that can be done with wood pallets? Ever since I saw an instructible showing how to take apart a pallet as well as the amount of wood used to make them, I have wondered if there has ever been a contest to show how useful they can be as potentially free lumber and hardware. After all the uses for pallets that i've looked up on the internet, there are about less than 50 uses for recyclable pallets, keeping these materials from ending up in a bonfire or a landfill. The link below can explain quite a bit about this subject. http://www.greenecoservices.com/31-ways-to-reuse-wood-pallets-make-money/ Maybe a way to lessen the number of pallets that end up being wasted in garbage can be achieved if there was a contest that encouraged the recycling of wood pallets. Anything that can be made from a pallet would be eligible to win whatever prize this contest would have. I personally think this would be a good idea to try. But do any of you think this would be a good contest idea?

Topic by EngineerJakit 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I have a Galaxy bench grinder 6" on which the push- pull switch has failed

Assembley diagram for BGS8-076 PUSH OFF-PULL ON switch, can anyone help

Question by MarkS773 1 year ago  |  last reply 18 days ago


make bench power supply Adjustable Voltage Control?

Ok so i have a atx bench power supply i made and now i need to be able to put a Adjustable Voltage Control dial on it so i can go from 0v to 12v how do i do so? And can i use any spare parts from around the house?

Question by antonbergjr 8 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Table Saw Torsion Box

Hi all, I'd like your expert opinions :) I have a hobby size table saw which i'd like to expand. I'm planning to build a torsion box that surrounds the saw top. Do you think a torsion box with a cut out will be sufficiently strong, or will it reduce the torsion box properties too much? I was going to use MDF, would ply be a better option or does it not really matter? Any help is greatly appreciated. P.S. If you have a better idea please say so.

Topic by dimmaz88 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Project that needs some "originality confirmation"

I had an idea for a portable workbench/toolbox. when i drew it up it looked like a chest, so i called it a workchest. but when i showed my design to my family, my mom said that this was a design that many women use to carry their makeup and grooming things. i dont really think thats true, but i think some outside opinions might be useful here. so a wooden chest with dimensions at 1 1/2' for length, width, and height with the top unfolding to make a workspace thats 3'x1 1/2', this is something that fashionable women would carry around or keep at their house so they can look beautiful wherever they go? i dont think something like that would ever be intentionally created for makeup.

Topic by EngineerJakit 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Built ATX PSU to Multi-Volt power supply. Voltage drops when applying load, what may be wrong?

I converted my 500w PSU following instructions in here. The PSU boasts 480w real power on with 20amps on the 12v rail. I thought I had done everything correctly, and the Power supply gives correct voltage on all binding posts when there is no load, but when I connect a simple 5w lightbulb to the 12v the fan spins down and the light is not as bright as I would expect. Also when measuring the output voltage it now is down to 8,30 volts. Measuring the amp shows 0,33A. When trying out a 21w lightbulb the problem gets more visible, as the light flickers and there is a ticking sound from the PSU. The voltage now travels between 8,10 and 8,16 volts, the amp showing 1,31 amps. I tried grounding directly to the PSU chassis, I cut the wires to the 5v USB ports (these did not work anyway, perhaps because I have no sandbar resistor?) and also tried to give power from the wires only related to the 24 PIN molex connector or only from the 4 pin connectors, all with the same symptoms. Anyone have any clue as to what may cause this anomaly? My plan was to use the power supply as a substitute for a battery to run power in my caravan, converting straight from the 220v. There are only a set of lights and a small water pump running on the circuit, adding up to approximately 200 watts if everything is turned  on. I figured the PSU would be sufficient to do this, but maybe I am mistaken?

Question by StigW 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Converting G clamps or similar to a bench vice?

Looking to make some stuff but don't really have access to a workshop. Not so much of a problem tool wise, all I really need as a drill and a hacksaw, but will definitely be needing a medium size bench vice. Don't have one, can't afford one. So was thinking to somehow convert one or two G clamps or something similar. Was wondering if there's any existing resources or tutorials on how to do this, just so I don't unnecessarily reinvent any wheels. ta.

Topic by SolarFlower_org 6 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Help with a voltage regulator for a DIY bench psu

Hello i have an atx that i would convert into a diy bench power supply but i just realize that it was just 12v and my thing work need more voltage range so i decided to use an old, but still working, Hp 30v ps. so i was looking for a way to regulated it easy, i found the lm2596 and i dont know if it would endure or use lineal regulator such the lm317. so, i need help for any inexpensive alternative or any schematics, or whatever let me step up/down the voltage. Thanks.

Topic by mario.negretemunoz 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Small Home/ Small Apartment Work Bench

Hello!  I am a senior industrial design student and I am currently working on my senior thesis, which is to design a workbench or work station for DIY people who live in small apartments or small homes with no dedicated rooms to build in. I am looking for ideas/experiences/input from DIY people who have experienced this issue. If you have any ideas or thoughts on this type of work bench design please post them here. More importantly please answer the interview questions I have posted below. The more information I can collect from potential users of this type of workbench, the better all-around design I can come up with for the final product. I am really looking forward to hearing for everyone. Thank you for you help! 1. When you need to build or make something in your home, in what space do you build/make? (Living room, bedroom, office, outside, etc.) 2. What type of surface do you build on? (Worktable, desk, kitchen table, etc.) 3. What types of projects do you build or make? (Home improvement, decoration, storage, furniture, etc.) 4. What tools do you own? 5. Which of those tools are most useful in your builds? 6. How do you store your tools? 7. What issues do you encounter trying to build in your small space? 8. Are there any specific ideas you have that would make your building/make experience better in your small space?

Topic by EKWeb 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Knick-Knacks For Setting up an Electronics Bench

I've decided to start doing some fiddling around with circuit board electronics such as arduino and LEDs. I've got the basic tools e.g. soldering iron, helping hands, solder, etc. I'm planning on getting a temp control.  However, I know from long experience in tech matters that there are always some little "knick-knacks" that you always end up needing. For example, in most basic machine repair, you always find you need an assortment of screws, bolts, nuts and washers around if you don't want to have to go to the hardware store twice a day.  So what kind of little fiddling things should I look at getting that the more experienced might have on hand without thinking about. Are there tapes, wires, odd little tools, collections of components etc that are useful but no obvious to novices? Is there something you'd wish you had when you first started?  Heh, I am afraid I don't know exactly what to ask for because I'm asking about things I don't know to ask for.  

Topic by shannonlove 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


A Pi-powered Portable Experimenter's Bench, PEB

We are appealing for your support for our startup project, to turn our vision into a reality.  Our vision also includes anytime, anywhere, hands-on learning for STEM topics.  STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering (Arts) and Math. We are a small startup operation building a new resource for hobbyists, or electronic hobbyists-want-to-be--a smart experimenter's platform that removes the sometimes difficult bits and bytes, and relies on your PC, tablet, or smartphones for user-interface. For instance out of the box, our PEB, allows experimentation like Measuring speed of Sound, Locating source of a sound, Determining direction and distance of a Sound, etc.  with our PEB, configured with Ras-Das-1 and Audio Explorer board, totaling for less than $150, plus shipping. See--http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/254558907/data-acquisition-system-for-raspberry-pi and our website http://www.WattminderInstruments.com, for details. We need to have minimum funding to get PCBs and assemblers under contract to produce them, and on  a portal  like Instructables  to help us distribute them around the world.   Please let your  members know about our product and future plans and invite their support to make it a reality.  Electronics is the gateway to science learning. Thanks for your kind consideration and support. -Steve  and team

Topic by syang8 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Powering a multimeter built into bench-top power supply?

Recently I built a bench-top power supply from an ATX power supply (Like the one from here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-an-ATX-Power-Supply-Into-a-Regular-DC-Powe). It works great but I'm looking to consolidate this and my analog multimeter into one box. I'd like to know how to power the multimeter using the power supply so I don't have to worry about changing the batteries. The multimeter uses two AA batteries and a 9V, and the power supply has voltages of 12, 5, 3.3, 0, -5, and -12. Thanks for any help.

Question by ranab998 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


continuity between 3.33v and gnd on atx psu?

Im converting my atx into a bench psu. I was checking the continuity between 5v and gnd that i connected to the LTC3780 and i got a beep (one short beep). So i checked the rest of the lines and 5v and 12v also 1 short beep. However on the 3.3v. i get  a long continuous beep. Is this behaviour to be expected?  thank you in advance.

Question by icey.hood 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


How to fix 4" circular warp on table made by coffeemaker. Answered

I had my coffeemaker sitting on a painted, MDF window bench which caused 4" raised warped area/bump. The bump occurs on both sides of the bench top which is about 3/8" thick? This cupping/warp/bump occurred over a period of time. Any suggestions on how to repair the bench?

Question by kaykatz 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Combining PSU rails for lab power supply? Answered

I recently received 2 old computers from friends for tinkering purposes. I'd like to take their PSUs and create a power supply for projects. However, they only have max outputs of 110W. So, I have a few questions: 1.) Is it possible to combine rails? 2.) Is it safe? 3.) What kind of power increase would I be seeing? Please try to answer all 3 individually.

Question by General Eggs 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


woodworking bench top warped in heat wave. arrrrrrr

Build a workbench a few months ago, 95% finished Can be find on my ible page. Had a heat wave for 5 days,  temperatures above 40 degrees. Broke all recorded records here in Victoria Australia Water boils at 100 water freezes at 0 Temp in shed must have been at least 55, Is the bow from bad construction or just heat. Will it return to its original shape or is it $#@!#$

Topic by broken board 5 years ago


It possible to connect multiple AXT PSU's in parallel or series to increase the current and/or voltage?

It possible to connect multiple AXT PSU's in parallel or series to increase the current and/or voltage? I'm not too sure what else to say... Thanks a bunch,Mike :)?

Question by muttyfutty 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


12VDC from computer power supply WHILE COMPUTER IS RUNNING?

Okay, how crazy would this be? I need a 12VDC power supply to do some bench testing. I have a computer by my workbench which has at least one free Molex connector coming out of the PSU. I know I've seen Instructables that show how to make a bench power supply from a disconnected computer PSU, but would it be a really terrible idea to run wires out the back of the computer case to my bench and use them to test circuits? What are the potential pitfalls, and what are some steps I could take to make them less likely? I'm thinking fuses on the incoming power lines are the first step.

Topic by yoyology 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Is it possible to wire computer PSU's in series to achieve a higher voltage? If so, how can it be done?

I want to make bench top PSU's out of old computer power supplies and I want a 24v output as well as the typical outputs, but I don't want to put a transformer on it that could only handle so much current (I might want to run some bigger motors off it)

Question by The Ideanator 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



Computer PSU wire question? Answered

Hi all, I want to turn an old computer PSU into a lab bench PSU.  After cutting all the connectors at the end of the cables, I've noticed that some of the common (black) wires were made of copper, while some of them were made of nickel \ aluminum (Silverish). The same is true for the +5V (red) cables. It's not the first PSU I noticed that had the different materials, and I was wondering: 1) Why are there two different kinds of wire? 2) Is it OK to ignore the wire material and just splice all the blacks together, and all the reds together? Thanks!

Question by Morgantao 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Bench power supply build from ATX power supply acceptable voltage

Hi, I built a bench  power supply from an ATX power supply and I am not sure if the voltage is correct. I am getting 5.74 volts off of the 5 volt supply and 12.7 volts from the 12 volt supply. Is that too high to use or should I try to bring it down a little? When I built the supply I didn't have a 10 ohm power resistor so I used a 6 ohm 10 watt resistor. Could this be the reason for the higher voltage? Thanks for any help you can give me. Dan

Topic by danridge 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Raised Garden Beds out of Concrete Blocks?

I want to build raised garden beds with the walls being made out of concrete cinder blocks. Want the beds to be about 2 1/2' above ground and about 3' to 4' wide. I also want to make basically concrete counter tops to put on top (or benches). My question is .. how many inches can the top go beyond the concrete cinder block frame without having to add braces for the bench? Ex: if I use 6" wide cinder blocks .. and fill the holes with rebar and concrete .. what is the overhang I can have on the bench top?

Question by RayVyn 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Covering a workbench in metal

I am attempting to put a metal top on part of a wood work bench to make it more resilient.  I am planning on getting into electronics and want to make it less likely to burn . \ Any ideas on what I should use? at the moment I am thinking sheet metal, but I am worrying about toxicity ect. Maybe that is OCD but hell I am so haha. 

Topic by mbeaulieu 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


any one ever seen an ikea hack for a toy work bench?

I was searching ikea hacks and i came across the most adorable little girls kitchen. my girls are too old for that, but i would love to find something to make a toy tool bench for my son. the ikea near me is an hour and a half away, so i am trying to get ideas before i make the trip. thanks so much.

Question by audballsays 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Inverting 115VDC to 115VAC. 75watts?

What would be the best low cost method for me to invert 115vdc to 115vac for a low 75watts bench experiment?

Question by rpshomeservices 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago