9/29/2014 12:17:42 PM
When the Mrs & I were in the process of moving, we discovered that my cheap, pine workbench had become lunch for termites. I had to get rid of the bench as well as had the house treated (there were no termites anywhere else, but better to be safe than sorry) but since we were moving, I figured we’d eventually pack everything up anyway.
Well, we never did move.
Now I have a garage full of loose tools and no real place to put them.
I need a new workbench that I can mount my reloading press on. It also needs to be a damned good surface for me to cut / bend / hammer / Dremel / etc. on The pine bench I had bent when trying to run my press and resulted in unstable powder throws. This time I want something sturdy.
But the bench is just one part. I need storage. I need places to put tools like my chop saw, router, Dremel, etc. So a large shelf. Then I need drawers for the bajillion tools that are just running around loose these days. Then I want upper cabinets and herein lies the suck – Those need to hold my reloading supplies, aka lead, which is frigging heavy as hell.
Toss in some sort of rack system so I can hang up the weed eater, edger, all garden tools, etc (which are all over the place currently) and shelves in the cabinet to store paints & chemicals, and it makes more sense to get some sort of system rather than do it piecemeal.
Everything I’ve found at Sears or Home Depot / Lowes is… cheap. I was shocked that the Craftsman stuff felt like double-ply aluminum foil. The Gladiator brand felt sturdier, but it’s got that cheap ass looking diamond plate that just rubs me the wrong way (to me it looks like you’re trying to look tougher than you are). The Gladiator gear tracks, however are what I want for the walls to hang stuff on.
Regardless, the prices of this crap is astronomical, and it’s not even that high of quality. Anyone have any suggestions for this kind of stuff? I really need to reorganize my garage, but holy hell I don’t want to spend $2000 on flimsy aluminum cabinets with a pressboard bench.