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    2 x 4 Benchtop Helpers

    I was going to make some shorter versions of my Torsion Beams. A coworker came upon a load of 2 x 4's that had been used for some local construction, free for the asking. I took a dozen or so thinking I would use them for something. I cut some to general length, jointed one face and laminated them together. I then jointed one face and bandsawed the edges basically even. A little jointer and planer work and I get these for not much time and no actual cash outlay:

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    The tiered scrap bins are to the left of my bench position. I can keep them there so they are handy but, still out of the way.

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    Free lumber for any use is always good. I like your tiered bins. You can see what you have without rooting thru piles for just that piece that will finish a project. I have one of those rolling ply cart with bins on the side. Useful but very heavy with everything on board and the side bins are a waste. Always a mess and you have no idea what you really have. One question, how deep did you make them or do they vary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Rose View Post
    One question, how deep did you make them or do they vary?
    I made them modular; that is each unit is a component unto itself. This turned out to be a good idea as I added several tiers to those in the original plan. It sounds silly but, I kept a hash-mark sheet for the approximate length of cutoff I came up over three or four projects. Your requirements may be very different. They are 40", 30", 27", 24", and 18" with the intention of adding a 12". I wish I would have put the 12" on right away as the top has now become a nesting area for plywood panels too small for the panel bin and too big to toss. the stair-step configuration is very serviceable. If there is something too high to reach comfortably you just step up on the lower level like climbing stairs.

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    Speaking of free wood, the trigger for finally making these was a load of free plywood from some remodeling work next door. You can see that there is a platform that raises the whole rig off the floor to avoid capillary moisture wicking. This platform also allowed me to create a level base on which to stack. Each level is screwed to the one beneath and to wall studs through the back.
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    Thanks for the info. I've got to make a few of those. Just as I thought on lengths. I think I will trash my cart like this [URL="https://blog.lazyhacker.com/2011/03/plywood-cart-lumber-cart.html] and build something separate for plywood. Maybe then I can find those small scraps (I just could not throw away) for future use. Mine is just to heavy to move and I bought the best casters (300lbs. load each). I build a similar rack for the shop at work but it was a open frame of 2x4's and not plywood. Much lighter and just as functional. Live and learn. Thanks again for the information.

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