Armor Tool Workbench Upgrades

so it’s been a few years since I started
incorporating the armor tool Mobil workbench into my workflow and I
absolutely love it because it’s very sturdy and it’s mobility of course
however whenever I roll it into the center of my shop into a project on top
of it I need a lot of tools or accessories so what ends up happening is
the topic it’s cluttered and then I have less space to actually work on it so
this week I took the armor tool workbench and then just personalized a
little bit to hold all of the accessories I need to actually build on
it these accessories included a few drawers for tucking things away such as
safety glasses or tape measures a bottom shelf that can store the tools as well
as the self adjusting armored old clamps that go in the holes on the top then
also some Bessy quick clamp storage which I always have a few different
sizes on hand a few extra batteries for my main tools to drill holsters to speed
squares a mallet sanding block and then of course wood glue I probably love
something off but this at least gets me going let me show you how I did it you
can see on my current workbench that I already added a few sheets of scrap
plywood to create a bottom shelf therefore giving me some storage area
however by placing the wood on the bottom I’m creating a built-in shelf by
having the lip of the structures creating a sidewall however I only want
to treat half of this I was a regular shelf I wanted to use the other half to
store the bench dog clamps and I thought the easiest way to do this was to drill
holes for the stems of the clamps to stab into since the top of the workbench
conveniently has a hole pattern already laid out I came up with a few jigs to
place my shelf piece on the top so that I go to the underside and transfer the
hole location with the pencil however instead of drilling upwards because this
is going to be a lot of holes I flipped the workbench over crawled inside and
then used a Forstner bit of the same size to punch through of course on this
you can drill as many or as few holes as possible or you can leave it all as a
standard shelf once I was done drilling over the holes I clamped it to the
bottom side of the shelf and then screwed it into place now I have plenty
of space to store these clamps where they’re not gonna just be piled on top
of one another and they’re gonna be easily accessible with that in place I
moved over to the side of the workbench now it’s worth noting that I
using only scrap wood for this project it’s a great one to use up all of those
scrap bits that you can’t make yourself throw away I cut a piece of 3/4 inch ply
to size and filled in the sides just by simply screwing it and there’s already
pre-drilled holes for you and over on this side I really wanted a place to
store my longer Bessie quick clamps I was there my most commonly used ones and
I actually used two bussy clamps in order to clamp on the block of wood and
if you line up the job of the clamp to your piece of wood then you can use that
to go to the back side and know where to drill your screws in to attach it and
this gives me a very simple shelf to store all of my Bessie clamps which I
always have on hand I don’t know if you know but Bessie recently redesigned
their trigger clamps and I absolutely love the new robust design they not only
can still be used with one hand but they can also clamp up to 600 pounds which is
incredible I personally also love the longer footprint they’ve given them
moving right up above that I incorporated some spare battery storage
I am in love with this new product called stealth mounts they’re holders
for batteries they don’t actually get charged the batteries but they do
organize them and give you a clip in place so that they don’t just fall off
and get damaged I now have these all over the shop and
so whenever I’m working and my battery goes dead I can very quickly reach down
and grab a new one so what I did is incorporated a few of the brands that I
use the batteries most often they’re dead simple to attach with just three
screws each and then the battery Clips right into place I not only have these
on my workbench but also on my lumber rack my miter saw really anywhere I’m
using batteries and it’s worth noting that the clips even have a feature that
you can put onto a tool belt I did start off putting this on a French
cleat however whenever I would lift up on the batteries it would sometimes let
the entire attachment so I took off the French clean and just screwed it
permanently into the back all right speed square holsters I originally built
these whenever I was doing my plywood workbench and I have one on every single
corner so that a speed square is always available so on this one I went ahead
and corporated two more one on each corner opposite of each other after
using glue and Brad nails to build the holsters themselves I then clamped it
onto my workbench and then pre-drilled and use the
few screws to attach it and I think that’s it for one of the sides so let’s
go ahead and move on to the front I thought of shallow drawer would be
nice to hold safety glasses and tape measures and maybe even some pencils or
glue brushes so I incorporated one on the top right actually made the drawer
shallow enough to still utilize the clamps on the top without hitting it
however once I populate it full of stuff then it kind of becomes a problem to
avoid this you can scrap the drawer completely on yours or you can simply
pull it out before utilizing a clamp on the top I would much rather have the
drawer for some of the simple storage and then inside to organize all of my
simple little things I’m using the lock align drawer organization system from
Rockler this is an incredibly flexible system for any drawer in the shop
I already utilize it over in my toolbox they make a lot of trays that you can
store miscellaneous items and dividers for those trays to separate things
further bit storage router bit storage and a lot of other accessories to keep
things functional the drawer is very simple construction with wood glue and
Brad nails then I made a tea that would go up and under the workbench and rest
on the side flange of that apron after getting it set to its width I used a few
sliders to insert the drawer after getting the body of the drawer pushed in
then I came back and made the face so that it would cover up the side divider
ok moving over to the other side I repeated the process by cutting a scrap
piece of wood to enclose the side completely and it’s over here that I
really wanted to store my two drills it’s pretty standard that I’m always
gonna have two drills on me something for a pre-drill and then one with a bit
in it I grabbed a piece of wood and then used a jigsaw to cut out a few use
shapes and then I use my spindle sander just to refine it a little bit and make
it smooth you can see on this side piece that I have a cutout made custom for the
length of my drills so while I do have plans that you can use for everything on
this workbench before making this I would decide which drills you typically
have on hand so that you can get the hole to its exact size then to attach
this I use some wood glue and screws along the back
and now I have two places that I can very quickly not only store the girls
but also grab them when needed something else I always have on hand when doing
projects is a variety of wood glue so on the bottom here I decided to utilize
this space for storing the different bottles it’s a very simple caddy that
can store a huge variety of not only the round but also the I guess they’re
called rectangular rectangle battles and this is mounted far enough below the
drills to not interfere when pulling them in and out this next one is a
mallet holder and it can really be done anywhere since there’s so many holes
pre-made for you I grabbed a quarter inch bit and enlarged one slightly so
that I can use some hardware to lock down onto the hole and then have a very
simple melody holder then sticking along the easy lines I grabbed a scrap piece
of wood slightly larger than a sanding block I drilled in a few pocket holes
using my armored hole self adjusting pocket hole jig and then attached it
right next to my drill holders and this just gives me a very easy shell for the
sanding block to be placed onto then moving on to something that wasn’t as
easy but it’s still doable I wanted to add a drawer to the very bottom which
looking back on it you can completely add this up front so that you don’t have
to crawl underneath later on after drilling in a few pocket holes I use
screws to attach it to the bottom side on not only the far right but also the
far left because on this one I didn’t want to add sliders I just wanted to add
a shelf or a drawer to sit on and move in and out so attached to the bottom
there was no way that I could get a tool underneath it so I just flipped the
workbench on its face and then glued and used Brad nails to secure it this is
also only half of a drawer because on the back side I really want to
incorporate some hardware storage last year I did some hardware storage in
these little plastic containers that fit into the stud of my wall and of course
while doing projects I always have a few of them on the workbench so I utilized
this bottom space to make holders that could hold four of them it’s just a very
simple shelving system and I know a lot of you probably wouldn’t want them at
the very bottom where you’re not gonna be able to see them but keep in mind
that you can move this stum anywhere so if you like the idea of
a hardware storage keep in mind that you can very easily move them up on the
workbench the very last thing that I really wanted to incorporate was more
clamp storage but this time for the smaller sizes of Bessie quick clamps
I probably utilized the longest size the most but I still utilize these smaller
sizes frequently enough to have them on hand so I created another divider wall
and an attached did chunk of wood to the bottom to create a lip then I attach
that to the workbench and now my longer clamps can be stored along the side and
then the shorter clamps could be stored all along the back and I think that’s it
now just for fun I was really curious about how much weight I would be adding
to the workbench so before even getting started I used my crane and a digital
fish scale to weigh the workbench with nothing on it 104 pounds fully loaded
down but the original measurement wasn’t with all of the tools okay so forty three and a half so I
added three three and a half pounds of accessories so that’s sixty nine and a
half pounds of tools not that it really matters it’s just gonna fund him though
with it fully loaded down I’ve added over a hundred pounds this thing still
rolls and moves effortlessly I can very easy take off the lock on the casters
and push it not only straight but also throw it around in the circle and as you
can see nothing falls off of course if you have an armored tool workbench then
this is the easy route but keep in mind that all of these add-ons can really be
placed anywhere I have a lot of these features on my plywood workbench I have
a lot of them not even on a workbench but around my shop so don’t think that
you can apply any of these storage solutions if you don’t have this one
specific workbench but I do highly recommend this workbench I actually have
two of them I find them so convenient on that note I also have a set of plans for
all of the add-ons if you would like that and I’ll see you on the next one I want to say a big thank you to this
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