Building a Storage Shelf Unit

I needed some shelves to store the accumulated junk that collects in a garage so to give some room to still make things.

The storage unit was constructed from CLS 2×3” and 12mm MDF. The CLS is more than adequate in strength and the MDF will provide a nice flat surface for the shelves.

I got the 2 full MDF sheets cut into five pieces each so I ended up with 10 pieces approx 485mm by 1220mm. By placing two piece side by side I will have a unit with five shelves 2.4m long with no waste.

CLS Timber 2×3”

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Using a TV Socket to route speaker cables through a wall

Using a TV Socket to route speaker cables through a wall.

After installing speaker brackets on the wall, I routed cables up to the ceiling and back down the wall to the amplifier. Rather than break the cable and add another join by using speaker wall plates, I choose to keep the cable in one piece and route through a TV socket plate just unscrewing the metal connection plate and pushing the cables through. The face plate was fixed to a standard metal back box (with a gromit to protect the cables).

Metal plate removed – only fixed with two small screws

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Cheap Simple Workbench – Every House Needs One! Part 3

Making a Workbench Part 3

Making a Workbench Part 1 is here, Part 2 here, completed (almost) picture here, tools lists here and final finishing here.

Now moving on, I marked up the shorter lower stretchers

Then applying plenty of glue I clamped the longer lower stretchers

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Cheap Simple Workbench – Every House Needs One! Part 2

Making a Workbench Part 2

Making a Workbench Part 1 is here, Part 3 here, completed (almost) picture here tools lists here and final finishing here.

I first started by marking up the long sides with four marks to provide a fixing point for the legs and marking four points on the shorted sides – 2 to attach to the sides and 2 to attach to the legs. I marked this up on a template to speed the process up, then piloted drilled and countersunk the holes.


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Tools Lists for workbench building

Building a workbench – Tools

Below are three tools lists – List 1 is the absolute minimum list to build a workbench, constructing it with nails, the second build with screws and a very cheap drill and the third with a better drill and some optional items that will make it easier to build and leaves a few tools to use in other projects (for example a 19 drill bit set rather than just one drill bit). They are just to demonstrate that due to the simplicity of construction a workshop full of tools is not required.

I have not used or bought every single item on the lists but from my experience and some rudimentary internet research these look like reasonable items to complete this project.

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Cheap and Simple Workbench – Every House Needs One! Part 1

Making a Workbench Part 1 Part Two is here, Part 3 here, completed (almost) picture here tools lists here and final finishing here.

This post will detail how I build one of my sturdy and cheap 2×4” workbenches. My design was inspired by the hammerzone workbench plans: Link

I wanted easy construction, cheap materials and strength. I amended the plans in the following manner:

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