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Input needed for bicycle workbench/work area(10 posts)

Input needed for bicycle workbench/work areaPaulCL
Jan 25, 2004 5:49 PM
I've gotten the OK from the wife to begin construction on a workbench/workstation area for my bike stuff. She's sick of seeing it lay all over the basement. As soon as I finish remodeling the finished side of my basement, I can start this project.

I'm looking for input on what you have or would want to have on your cycling specific workbench. If you could order a custom made cycling 'workstation' - how would you have it designed? What features??? A few things that I've already thought of:
1. It must be deep enough so that I can bolt my truing stand onto it.
2. Several drawers built in. Some specifically for tools.
3. Hooks for helmets, extra tubes, etc...
4. Ventilated boxes or drawers for out of season clothing
5. Many shelves for my assorted garbage.
6. A mouse-proof space for my Clif bars. Damn mice have feasted on them this winter!

I'm looking for any specific ideas you all might have that I can incorporated into this project. Please feel free to be as wild as you want. The area I have to work with is essentially "L" shaped. The dimensions are about 5' x 8'.

I am a very good woodworker, so I can build pretty much anything I want. I'm not being boastful, but in the last two years I've built a solid cherry entertainment center (13' long, 9' tall), two desks for my kids, a fireplace mantle and surround, plus several other small jobs. I've got a 16'x14' shop filled with tools to do the job. And no, the shop cannot be turned into a bike shop.

So...suggest away please.

Thanks. Paul
This is what I did...Akirasho
Jan 25, 2004 6:06 PM

Agreed, a relatively deep surface gives you a bit more options as long as you've got the space.

Despite one of the above pics, I really don't have any drawer storage per se... Instead, I've gone to plastic, handled storage boxes (with labels) for certain goods and materials... makes it a bit easier to move when I want to wrench outside... or at an event. The drawback being, it's not quite as convenient as a peg board.

Ditto... hooks for everything!

Most cycling clothes go in upstairs bureau (live alone so space not a real problem).

I've gone to individual semi portable storage shelves for other items... gives me a bit of freedom to rearrange. My basement is still a work in progress. They do, however, help in storing those little used yet always needed items such as spare tubes.

I've thought of moving my mini fridge into the basement... there are no signs of rodents (cat lives there) but I doubt I'd leave perishable food in anything less than some form of airtight metal container (perhaps an old surplus ammo box). As I said, the cat lives there... and he eats anything.

If I could change anything, it'd be the height of the benchwork... but since it was stolen from a model railroad... and the railroad may some day resurface... I deal with it.

Next up... espresso maker!

Be the bike.
This is what I did...PaulCL
Jan 25, 2004 6:13 PM
Gotta the first photo there is a large set of drawers underneath the table top. Where did they come from?? They look impressive.

The only request I have from my wife is to reduce clutter as much as possible. "Clutter" drives her nuts. That's one reason she never comes into my woodworking shop. That's why I purposely leave it a mess all the time. As for my bike space, things will have to be in drawers or on shelves as much as possible versus hanging on hooks. Some hooks are inevitable like for helmets, tubes, or sweat soaked gloves...

Thanks. Paul
... it's so old, I can't remember...Akirasho
Jan 25, 2004 6:31 PM
It's an old dining room buffet... who's origins escape me... but I think I got it from a hosiptal surplus sale.

The thing is massive and heavy... but of little use for bicycle related storage (drawer framing is massive as well, leaving little space in the actual drawer). I still keep some old model railroading stuff inside. It's also remarkably heavy... and will never leave the basement in one piece!

Agreed... before I cleaned out the basement for the shop... most of my bikes resided in the living room (I think I had about 6 at the time)... likewise, my modest tool kit. Even living alone, that became a bit much... and this has worked out splendidly. I can still showcase a bike or two in the living room (gives visitors an idea of what I'm about) without an overwhelming clutter... almost.

My next big project will be archiving all my old cycling mags and catalogs (currently, they're in legal boxes crammed in my den... major clutter). Granted, the basement is dehumidified... but is still prone to mild flooding... so special steps need to be taken to effectively store papergoods longterm.

Be the bike.
drawers -wooden legs
Jan 25, 2004 8:16 PM
the absolute best drawer setup i have ever seen is at our lbs - the owner has old print die drawers that are long and shallow with tons of divisions, perfect for nuts and bolts etc. i have no idea where he found them, but they do rule.
Jan 25, 2004 7:11 PM
Please disregard the mess. It's the utility space of my townhouse. I finished one half of the basement so
i everything
else has to go in this space. Cleanliness is not the highest priority.

I created this bench based on what my LBS had. The posts are 4x4s. The horizontals are 2x4s. Cheapo plywood for bottom shelf. Nicer 3/4" ply for teh tabletop. Pegboard for hanging tools.

Side shot:

Gotta have room for tools. My MTB is currently in many pieces. Excuse the mess.

Going around the rest of the room.

I created the shelves with cheap No. 2 Pine 2x3s (vert.), 1x2 (horiz.) and cheap plywood. They are very cheap to create and you can build them in any configuration you need.

The rest:

Since you mention making your own entertainment center...Here is my pride and joy. I built this in 3 days when the wife and kids were away.

Nice work...thanks for the ideas (nm)PaulCL
Jan 26, 2004 5:19 AM
here's mineterry b
Jan 25, 2004 7:25 PM
I've got two areas I use for bikes. My house lacks a garage and a basement, so I ended up with a 10x16 outbuilding (the bike house) and a 6x6 "closet" off my carport. The closet is simply a place for the bikes I am currently riding and a couple of shelves for shoes, helmets and all the bulk crap we buy from Sam's Club. No need for pix of that.

The bike house is laid out with a work bench at one end, a stand and storage dresser in the middle and room at the far end for bikes on mini-stands. The work bench was built about belly height to allow me to either comfortably work standing up or sitting on a barstool. All together simple but effective.

Here's the workbench (pegboard - greatest invention since duct tape, bailing wire and drywall screws):

turning right, here's the stand and dresser:

turning right again, the storage - note, I left the ceiling bare to allow me to hang frames and wheels:

good luck and have fun creating your space.
re: Input needed for bicycle workbench/work areagtx
Jan 25, 2004 8:47 PM
I'm not a big fan of pegboards or hanging tools on the wall. I'd also keep your clothes and food somewhere else. I worked at a bunch of shops and I liked the ones where we just kept our tools in your basic Craftsman toolboxes. You should be able to fit most of your tools in there, except maybe dishing tools and a few others you won't use much anyway. Parts can be more of a problem, depending on how much of a packrat you are (I'm terrible). Good call on bolting the truing stand to the bench. Don't forget a place for the boom box.
I'd rethink bolting down the trueing stand.Spoke Wrench
Jan 26, 2004 5:26 AM
Mine is just bolted to a piece of wood. I store it on a shelf when I'm not using it, which is most of the time, so it's out of my way when I'm working on something else.

With only a 5'x8' space, you need to plan the width of your workbench carefully. The ideal distance for a Park workstand from the workbench front is 4' and you still have to account for the back side of the base. It may be better to configure your workbench along the 5' dimension.