Having some spare 2×3″, 1×3″ and MDF, I made up these shelves to provide some extra storage space. Same design as the speaker brackets here very solid
I wanted to make some speaker brackets for the new (old) mission speakers I acquired for the workshop and having some scrap 2×4″, 2×3″ and MDF, I made up these.
I was inspired by this design from instructables LINK. I choose to amend the design by choosing to use lots of wood glue(!) and mitred some of the edges for aesthetics.
I cut the pieces to size, sanded and fixed with wood screws and lots of wood glue. These will easily support the speakers and I think look good. By cutting the 2×3″ this way it will ensure that there is plenty of room to fix the brackets to the wall either side of the brace. I used two fixings at the top and one fixing at the bottom. This seems to be holding them very securely.
Lepai/Lvpin Tripath Amplifer
I had been looking for an amplifier for the workshop for a while and read about these small and cheap amplifiers on the DIYAudio forum [link to diy audio posts]. The posts suggested that although cheaply made the amps sound great and are very easy to mod. So order placed and £19.99 later it arrived. My new version can badged as Lvpin, the new name for Lepai (apparently meaning “dependable product” in Mandarin”). I ordered one without a PSU, I happened to have an external hard drive PSU offering 12v DC 2 Amps output so I hooked that up first to check how this budget amp would fare.
After buying a new ladder, I needed some brackets to get it off the floor and out of harms way, so I made up some brackets from 2×3″ and chipboard that I happened to have lying around.
Here they are complete, very simple design fixed with lots of wood glue and 42mm drywall screws. They are secured to the wall with 3 3″x10 screws each. They have and will hopefully continue to prove capable of supporting the 20kg ladder. To finish I wiped them over with a quick coat of danish oil. Job done.
Making a Workbench Part 2
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.
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.
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: