DIY Workbench ideas

CZLoco

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So I'm sitting here, trying to plan for my upcoming Bronco engine replacement, where I'm also doing a lot of cool little things while the engine is out.
One of them being to Zinc plate a bunch of parts, since the Bronco will be with me till I die.
A workbench would be super handy for zinc plating.
Like you see in the pic below. A surface for several sunken-in 5 gallon buckets.
Yes that older guy is me in 20 more years.
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I was thinking, hey I'd make a double-top bench.
First top is for all those buckets.
Then I'd have a hinged second top above that.
A regular surface top that hides the bucket top.

Remember those old school dining room tables where you removed the top and underneath was a card playing table. Something like that.
Can't seem to find any super cool pics and I'm not gonna spend all night looking.
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Then I decided I'd also make it into a router table. :lol:
But if I'm going to make it double as a router table or tablesaw table, then I need MOBILITY!
Get it out of the side of the garage and out into the middle where I have room to swing wood around!

CASTERS!
Wait, then I'd want height-adjustable casters to prevent oingo-boingo on the table.
I start researching that and came across these super cool casters.
You kick the foot up and the wheels come down.
Roll it where you want it then kick the feet down and the wheels go back up.
How cool is this shit!
 
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Unless you're going to be plating shit every day or weeks for years, just set the buckets on the bench and take them down for storage.
I've had flip up wheels on my my table saw and tyre balancer for a decade or more. Mind are more heavy duty than the ones you have shown. They are the tits!
 
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They look awesome. I found clones for as little as $37 for the set of four.
I think these are the originals, at $50.
Amazon product
The problem with taking the buckets down for storage, is where do I store them...
If I wanted to go balls-to-the wall, I'd need a minimum of six buckets!
The color chromates (blue & yellow) add extra protection to the top of the zinc, to make it last longer.
A bucket of each.
More if I wanted more than one rinse bucket.
  1. Degreaser
  2. Acid
  3. Electrolyte solution
  4. Blue Chromate
  5. Yellow Chromate
  6. Water Rinse
 

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I had to plate long skinny stuff, rear brake operating rods, and rear brake torque arms that were too long for a five gallon bucket. I used 3 inch PVC pipes with a cap on the bottom. I had to make a rack to keep them from falling over.
My buckets have lids on them and are stored under a bottom shelf in the other garage.
 
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What a smart idea with the PVC.
I've got several things in mind that I want to plate, which won't fit in a bucket.
Dunno what I'll do about those yet.
I hear it's harder to zinc plate large things. Uniformly.
I had been thinking about cardboard boxes cut down in height.
Then lining them with painters overspray plastic.
 
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You were able to plate half the item at a time?
How did that work out, where they meet together?
 

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What a smart idea with the PVC.
I've got several things in mind that I want to plate, which won't fit in a bucket.
Dunno what I'll do about those yet.
I hear it's harder to zinc plate large things. Uniformly.
I had been thinking about cardboard boxes cut down in height.
Then lining them with painters overspray plastic.
I was thinking aboot getting 4 inch PVC, gluing the caps on, then splitting it in two on the band saw. Band saw has flip up wheel on it too.
 

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You were able to plate half the item at a time?
How did that work out, where they meet together?
The parts were completely submerged. I may have flipped them half way thru. I did run plates to the bottom. The stuff came out nice, nice enough for a guy to win a Vintage Bike Show with the parts I plated.
He worked for Helmet House, I got a new helmet out of the deal.
 
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Those look fantastic.

Timers?
Cellphones have built-in timers.
You can set as many as you want at the same time, for different times.
I can see how a standalone might be kinda handy though.

I've spent some time researching DIY benches now.
This is a very deep, dark hole.
I may need to revisit another time before I go off and spend two months building the perfect bench.
 

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regarding work benches, don't over think it.

I built some tables a couple of years ago, had a local shop break (that's bend) to 90º 4" legs on a piece 8x36? I'll measure it tomorrow if you want. I built a frame out of box tube, and a wood top to lay the steel on. This way when you're hammering on shit the wood acts like a dead blow. You can still weld, grind, etc and use a magnetic base of dial indicators. Space under is for storage, or a rolling bottom tool box. I made them tall because I like tall tables. You should also be looking at FIRMLY bolting a BIG FUCKING VICE on one corner. You should not skimp on the vice. What ever you think it's gonna be, multiply by 8.

I have my vice mounted on my welding table which is a complete different set up. I can snap a picture of that too if ya like
 
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I've got a nice large sized vice.
Thought I might put it on the end of the bench.
But seriously, overthinking is my downfall.
Or saving grace.
You can look at it in a multitude of ways.

Why do it this way when you can do it that way and it'll be perfect for the everythings.
 

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I'll take a couple pictures tomorrow if ya like. The steel table was .125 thick. People would always drop something on the table and be surprised. They would ask if it's solid steel er sumthinn....:roll:
 

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I'll take a couple pictures tomorrow if ya like. The steel table was .125 thick. People would always drop something on the table and be surprised. They would ask if it's solid steel er sumthinn....:roll:
I have a 4x7 foot slab of 3/16th steel in my garage. I put in in the car garage and park my truck over it. I originally got the steel to make a nice one piece top for my motorcycle lift. Then ran out of room in the motorcycle garage. So the lift and steel are under my truck. There's a 4x8 foot piece of expanded steel under there too.
I need a bigger place.
 

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I hear it's harder to zinc plate large things. Uniformly.
I had been thinking about cardboard boxes cut down in height.
Then lining them with painters overspray plastic.
Better reinforce that box real good, otherwise, the weight of the liquid will bust out the corners or push over the side...

I would build a wood box out of plywood.
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I've built dozens of tables out of wood, if I could grow steel and aluminum it might be different.
For adjustable height the legs can be three pieces sandwiched together, with the center piece slotted and bolted to the other two. Relax the bolts and slide the center piece to desired height and tighten the bolts.
 
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Eddie, it's far better to start a new project than to finish an old one.
The Bronco did not ask for permission!
Other than a few small things on the Bronco, I was just getting back into the house projects.

Better reinforce that box real good, otherwise, the weight of the liquid will bust out the corners or push over the side...
I would build a wood box out of plywood.
Good call-out.
While I don't anticipate having the 5 gallon buckets full at any time, it is possible they might be.
Which could equate to about 80lbs of weight.
I was thinking 3/4" top for the buckets, with 2x4 bracing underneath.

Then the swivel/pull-up top would be a couple of 3/4" plywood glued together to make 1.5" thick top that I'd be banging on.
With more 2x4 sandwiched between the bucket top and top-top, for support.

This is kinda what I'm thinking right now.
Except I'd reserve the end of the bench for a non-movable Vice like Maui suggested.

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#First Draft

I tried to quicky-learn Sketchup but there is no quick with Sketchup.
 
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Anyone know of a decent chemical-resistant paint for 2x4's and plywood?
 

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If you're loading 7 five gallon buckets you'll need some bracing or thicker plywood.
 
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