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    Quote Originally Posted by Boringgeoff View Post
    G'day Bob, is the redgum you're talking about Marri, or an eastern states tree?

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    Hi Geoff, It's neither, it's WA redgum. WA Marri is not classed as a eucalyptus but as a bloodwood. WA redgum is a variant of the eastern states variety but unfortunately the latter is the more competitive and is easing out our WA variety especially around water ways.

    Anyway - here it is more or less finished. The cupboards are from an old lab renovation at work with the fronts made of Tassie oak but they seem to blend together OK. I will also place another redgum slab top on top of the cupboard to the right of the sink so they will be like a matching pair.
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    I've left the natural edges and removed the bark using a wire brush on an angle grinder. The ends have been left rough sawn with the original chain saw marks on them. The cracks are filled with ~$20 worth of epoxy, less for looks and more to prevent losing small things down the cracks. The plinth at the back covers a half bench length 1.5" wide gap resulting from the natural curve of the trunk at that point.

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    I started to work on getting a baby backside smooth finish on this top but after half an hour of sanding I decided to stop as it is after all just a bench top for the shed. This top will be the place to locate a note book and writing implements as well as portable power tool battery chargers. The other bench will be my mechanical repair bench. Shame really but I have another dozen or so of these short slabs under my house and will just be using the worst cracked ones for the shed..
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    Very nicely done on the recycle.

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    BobL

    Such a good use of the resource and definitely puts the shed work bench a cut above the rest.

    I like the sentimental touch.

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    Setting a new standard Bob......coffee table, perhaps some of the other slabs could be put to use as stools for sitting on to drink said coffee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wun4us View Post
    Setting a new standard Bob......coffee table, perhaps some of the other slabs could be put to use as stools for sitting on to drink said coffee?
    Great idea. I just dragged out a slab for bench top for the other cupboard. It's about 400 mm too long for the space so there will be an offcut - there's at least one stool in that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL View Post
    Great idea. I just dragged out a slab for bench top for the other cupboard. It's about 400 mm to long for the space so there will be an offcut - there's at least one stool in that!

    That'l do for the visitor, I guess there would b a 10 or 20 litre pail around to upend and sit on?

    'cors, if you had 2 pails, you could really get into the surreal art world....put a luverly plank across the 2 pails; o' glorious, and the winner is.......!

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    Thanks Bob, that redgum label can be a bit confusing depending on who you're talking to. Since I'm a kiwi that spent over 35 years living in the Pilbara I'm on a steep learning curve re trees of the south west.
    Thats a good looking bench, no doubt you'll need a phone hanging on the wall above it too?

    Geoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boringgeoff View Post
    Thanks Bob, that redgum label can be a bit confusing depending on who you're talking to. Since I'm a kiwi that spent over 35 years living in the Pilbara I'm on a steep learning curve re trees of the south west.
    Thats a good looking bench, no doubt you'll need a phone hanging on the wall above it too?
    We had a cordless with 3 hand pieces and I was going to use one in the shed but now we are down to 1 so I'll just have to rely on my mobile.

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    A while back I rescued a set of old map drawers from the skip at work and wasn't quite sure what I would used these for.

    After trying out a few things I have decided that these drawers are GOLD.

    Check this out.
    Measuring gear, Temporary electrical gearl and lathe tooling, woodworking kits, MW kits, small fixings and tool steel.
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    And they all fit into this.
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    The "small fixings" drawer is the BIGGEST winner. Instead of opening & closing dozens of small storage drawers to find something I can scan all these drawers in one go and there's still quite a bit of room left!

    And just to reinforce the value of these drawers, today I dropped into a shop that sells storage solutions for offices / workshops / warehouses and they had a second hand set of map drawers, not unlike those above and the marked price was $1499!

    I am shortly going to find some interesting things in a skip which will enable me to lift the drawers further off the ground so they will be easier to access. What I will do is build a steel framed bench with a large space underneath for them to slide into.
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    Don't you need something to put the drawers in? :scratchhead:
    I make things, I just take a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waldo View Post
    Don't you need something to put the drawers in? :scratchhead:
    See edited post above for what the drawer enclosure looks like.

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    I was thinking the other day how I'd like one of those map drawer thingos in the shed. But I don't know here it would live, or could live.
    I make things, I just take a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waldo View Post
    I was thinking the other day how I'd like one of those map drawer thingos in the shed. But I don't know here it would live, or could live.
    One of the best places for something like this is under a wide bench. They suit the storage of flat tools or kits and while they hold the same volume of stuff as ordinary depth drawers they make it sooooo much easier to see what is there compared to regular drawers.

    If I already had a set of regular drawers under a bench I would have no hesitation in replacing them with a set of map drawers. The time spent in replacing them will be quickly recovered by the ease with which things can be found.

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    Bob, some map drawers come with a stand , which raises them about 18" higher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat View Post
    Bob, some map drawers come with a stand , which raises them about 18" higher.
    I had the stand for these but it was bent and rusty and will make a custom bench for them to sit under anyway.

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