If you are new to REDOUX then you should know, I love nothing more than “FREE JUNQUE”! I have an (unhealthy my husband would probably say) obsession with things people throw away. For as long as I can remember, I have loved “making things”. And if I make something useful from “junque”, well even better! Like this moveable work bench from a shipping crate.
Take for instance a collection of Wood Pallets put together with some nails and screws. Something you might use to ship things in.
On an early morning trash hunt, I spied this next to my favorite dumpster. You know the one, where the dumpster diving folks hang out.
I passed by it twice before I had a light bulb moment. This is the perfect size for a much needed work space. I was constantly crawling between my Furniture Cube and storage space to get tools, gloves, anything work related, then dragging it back and forth to my work area. I also have a Table saw that I couldn’t find a good place to use, and recently purchased a chop saw. My work area was being squeezed out by my stuff!
Enter my Pallet:
It had 4 sides already securely constructed. I needed a new top, a shelf and Casters that could withstand the weight and also lock in place. This way I could move it to the front of my garage when using one of the saws.
I turned the shipping crate upside down and added casters. Then righted it again.
The shipping crate conveniently already had two support pieces of wood that were even with each other inside. I simply cut some scrap MDF to size and laid it on top of the beams, then secured with Gorilla Wood glue and some wood screws.
Next I had a large piece of MDF already on hand from a previous project. I added this to the top of the shipping crate, and again secured it with Gorilla Wood Glue and wood screws.
Now it was ready for heavy duty service. I can keep my saws on top until needed. I moved my sanders, drill and even my paint sprayer to the storage unit!
I have a handy place for shop rags, gloves, and anything else I might need quickly. Did you notice the storage I have on the bottom to store scrap wood? And look how great my saws fit on top!
This is a really simple project that is free, can be made with very little construction experience, but will add significant work space and movable storage to your work area. I could see this even working for a craft room. Having an organized work space is key to productivity. Now I have no excuse for not finishing every single piece of furniture in that cube…..