I desperately need to build a workbench/shelving unit for my tools. I live in a great old rowhouse in Washington, DC, but storage space is at an absolute minimum, especially because I converted our basement into an apartment for my mother-in-law. So now my ever growing tool collection is spread throughout the house, including in the basement (which means I've got to visit with the mother-in-law just to get a level).
I do have a closet in our office that is significantly underutilized and so I've been thinking about building a a three shelf unit on wheels, the catch being that the door opening is only 23" wide, but my miter saw (which I'd like to store on the unit) is 20", so not a whole lot of wiggle room to build something strong. The end goal is to build a shelving unit that is no more than 22" wide, but that has 20" of open shelf space.
So, I found these plans
the other day and they seem perfect for my application. Has anyone ever worked with these Kee Klamps before?
The plans call for using 1-3/8" top rail fence post.
Again, due to the space limitations I am thinking of building something similar, although slightly smaller, but using 1/2" black pipe or galvanized steel pipe instead of the fence post. I'd use 3/4" plywood for the shelving.
The lower shelf will hold my pancake compressor and nailer, the middle shelf will have my 10" sliding compound miter saw. On the top shelf, I'd just like to store some tool boxes and bags. I have even toyed with building a frame on the back and attaching some peg board for more storage. Is this too much weight for 1/2" black/galvanized pipe? If so, any suggestions?