Expandable Workbench Tool Stand





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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    i liked this a lot...this is simple yet very effective ....

    I really like the idea of a modular, sectional, join-able workbench organizer. This is a very neat layout (in the clutter sense) and a neat layout in the "gee whiz" sense. The only problem I have is that given the complexity of the shapes of the parts, there's no practical way other than laser cutting to duplicate this. Unfortunately, I don't have access to a laser cutter, nor do I know anyone who does. My home-built laser cutter, based on a design from the web and using the laser diode from a computer DVD burner, will cut paper nicely and mark cardboard. I would be very interested to see if the author could simplify the parts shapes so that they could be made using hand tools or basic power tools. The ingenuity of this Instructable really makes me want to compliment the author, and I hope that he may be able to develop an alternate format of a similar "building block" that does not require a laser cutter to produce. Very nicely done and described - kudos to youngti for this Instructable

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    I am sure they can be simplified. I downloaded the files from this link. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:98975

    There is a place called Techshop that has laser cutters. It is a great place, you sign up for a membership, take classes on the tools you want to use and then you have up to an hour on the machines. Take a look at this like to find out more. http://www.techshop.ws/index.html

    Thank you very much for the link. Unfortunately, Techshop has not made it to Canada - at least not the part I live in, West and quite far north. We have a large number of fabrication shops in the city, but they build huge things like drilling rigs and petroleum refinery vessels - massive jobs. With the oil sand development at Fort MacMurray expanding at a great rate, every shop is crying out for skilled machinists, welders, fabricators, and are on waiting lists for larger and more capable machinery. Unfortunately, as good as this is for the local economy, it means that even the technical schools are totally focused on turning out people with the skills needed for these and associated industries - heavy equipment mechanics, for instance. Hopefully one day, we'll be able to set up the equivalent of a Tech Shop, and equip it so that an individual can have access to tools that they could not individually afford.
    Many thanks,
    Trike Lover

    Ditto Trike Lover! I need this. Thanks for sharing!

    很好 准备也这样做一个 thank you for your share

    Anyone have any idea what a fabrication shop might charge to cut this out?

    I need a laser cutter... :-( But great 'ible! :-D

    Magnificent! Thank you for sharing the product of your hard work. You are very generous.