How about this idea for a workbench?

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  1. DugT

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    I'm considering using a rolling tool chest as a base for a workbench. It would fit all of my hand tools with room left over for organizing misc stuff too.

    This is the tool chest I like for this project. It is 22" deep, 56" wide and 42" high. If it is too high I will remove the castors and put the chest on 2x4"s. I will attatch the top to a wall to keep it from tipping over. The top will be two sheets of plywood so about 2" x 28" x 66".

    Any advice or suggestions? By the way, I don't plan to make any guitars.

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    You don't want it move.
     
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    Sounds like you don't want it mobile? I know several guys who did it, thick plywood top with a vise mounted and all the tools right there, they actually used them as a mobile work area, good idea.
     
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    Benches can get beat up over time, I wouldn’t want to damage that roll away chest.
     
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    I don't need it to move. It will be in a two car home garage and I don't work on my vehicles very much. I mostly work on things at the workbench.
     
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    Me neither. I'm just a home hobbiest and I take good care of my stuff so I think the chest would be ok. This reminds me of the saying, "They are tools, not jewels." A friend of mine told me that because he thinks I'm too cautious with my tools and toys.
     
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    It really depends on what you are going to use it for. As a general flat work area, I think it would be fine. Those are great tool boxes for the money, so throw a piece of plywood on top and get to it. If you need to clamp things down, or add a vise though, I'm not sure how good that would work.
     
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    Those sorts of chests are built to have hammers and stuff put on top by mechanics. I don't think you will hurt it
     
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    You read my mind, I have similar in mind.
     
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    You can put a wooden top on it to mount vises or other. As far as the movement is concerned, sometimes that could be a hindrance and sometimes it could be an asset. Solution is locking wheels.
     
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    They also make a heavy canvas "curtain" that can be unfurled to protect the front of the drawers.
     
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    I'm using a similar one now.
    Well, I recently switched over. Funny thing - the top is so small that I haven't felt like doing any work on it since I made the switch. Oftentimes, I'll grab the sawhorses and big chunk of OSB I have laying around and make a bigger table if I need it.

    Mine sits beside a pegboard wall with lots of stuff hanging on it. IMO, that's the only way to make it work. Having the usual quick-reach handtools and glues and supplies sitting on the tiny bench would take up so much room that it would be unusable. Got to get them up on pegboard or in a cabinet or something.

    FWIW, I like mine on rollers. Easier to clean, easier to retrieve tiny things I drop. Easier to move across the garage for a special project if needed.
     
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    Keep the wheels on it. Even if you are going to use it stationary for 99% of the time, once its loaded, you won't be able to move it, it will be too heavy. Never know when you will need to get behind or under to clean or retrieve around it.
     
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    Yep, I use one for a music workbench, golf club work bench, whatever workbench. Great idea.

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    Should work great.
    Add a tall lip to the back of the plywood top to keep small stuff from falling off the back and you can screw it to the wall through that back piece. Two screws into studs will hold it firmly and you can easily move it later for whatever reason.

    I have a metal drill press workbench with an 8' plywood top double thick at the front and ends for clamping and bolt on vice etc.
    Two metal shelf units screwed to the wall support it but there's a 1" gap under the front.
    If a small tool rolls underneath it may be gone forever, though usually I can sweep it out with a stick.
    Gotta put a strip of something there because it annoys me to lose stuff under the bench!
     
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    Wow, impressive organization!

    NYC, hmmm, is that located in the kitchen between the shower stall and the computer desk?
     
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    Personally, I would pass up on that idea, but I suppose it all depends on what kind of work that you plan to do on it. If you are gonna add a vice on it, forget it, unless you can attach it to a wall. My .02
     
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    those harbor freight ones are cool. Put 3.4 piece of plywood on top and you are set. go for it.
     
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    Thanks for all of the good ideas and suggestions!

    I'd prefer a bigger top too so my top will extend beyond the sides of the cabinet. That way it will be easier to clamp things to it. The only thing I plan to keep on the top is a vice. There already is a pegboard on the wall and tool holder rack like this.

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    Lol. Downstairs studio in Queens.

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