DIY Winter Shop Projects

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson February 5, 2018 16:13


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If you’ve done all your usual maintenance and repairs on your equipment and still have some spare time before spring gets here, Successful Farming has four of the best apparatuses built by farmers.  Space, efficiency and convenience dictated these designs, so let’s take a look:


Rolling Work and Tool Bench.  Dustin Harrison and Michael Blake, farmers from Aurelia, Iowa got tired of walking back and forth from their project to the stationary work bench in their shop.  They constructed this using steel tubing, steel plating, hog floor grates, and the tool wall (two 3/4″ pieces of plywood screwed back to back) that they salvaged from their old work/tool bench.









Enclosed Lubrication Center.  The best overall design was designed by Lance Rezac who farms near Onaga, Kansas with his brother.  It started out with a 300-gallon fuel tank cut in half and topped off with a grate to catch oil drips, and then evolved to include a cabinet with shelves above that tank which held bulk oil, oil barrels/jugs, funnels and fill cans.













Vertical Rack for Fabricating Steel.  Doug Repp from Minburn, Iowa designed one  that is more than 16 feet tall and 22 feet wide.  It provides hundreds of feet of storage while using only about 60 feet of floor space.  Using steel tubing and C-channel, this rack is designed so that a forklift can place and take pieces of steel from the higher rack shelves.  Doug’s steel supply is readily visible so he can quickly account for inventory.











Metal Center on Wheels.  Before he started farming, Neal Nelson worked in a factory and became educated in the ways of reducing setup time for projects.  With this knowledge he created a rolling apparatus that accomodates a metal chop saw, plasma cutter, stick welder, and an oxygen-acetylene cutting torch.  With this center, they have everything they need for metal fabrication right next to their job.  Enhancements to the center include hard-wiring it for 220-volt access to they can plug in tools (like grinders) there instead of using a wall plug.  Nelson is also thinking about adding a fold-out air handling unit to remove welding fumes.

So there you go.  Some great ideas that will certainly help you with your shop projects.  Detailed blueprints for these projects can be downloaded from:

If you’ve come with an ingenious plan of your own, we’d love to hear about it.

Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team




Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson February 5, 2018 16:13
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