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Rolling Workbench With Ample Storage Space

Ask Ryan Wipf about his workbench door, and the first thing he does is give the design credit to his dad, Danny. He says they built it last winter, and they’ve built two more since then.   

“It really tidies up the shop. Everything is built from the inside so no angle iron is revealed and there are no exposing screws on the outside,” explains Wipf. 

The 100-inch-long, 24-inch-deep, and 36-inch-high workbench has a bench top covered in 3∕16-inch-thick galvanized steel.   

The door swings open to create a temporary L-shape work surface. 

“The legs cannot be attached to the floor. They have to swivel in and out just a little bit. A ⅛-inch piece of plastic is under the leg on the hinged side to keep it from squeaking,” says Wipf. 

One change to the door is planned: Adding a ½-inch-wide sweep bar to the bottom to keep debris from flying in underneath.  

More about the workbench: 

  • Other features: Outlets are positioned on both legs. The 2-inch-thick door has a standard door latch.
  • Compartments: Dividers in the top shelf are spaced to hold four spray cans; the bottom shelf accommodates gallon-size jugs.
  • Toe kick: The door has a 4-inch clearance. 

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Operation: On the Lake Andes, South Dakota, large-scale, commercial grain and livestock farm where he works, Ryan Wipf is a member of the carpentry crew.   

Other interests: “I like to do the precision farming and computer work on our farm. Also, a hobby of mine is designing and developing websites,” says Wipf.  

Favorite new tool: Using his DJI Phantom 4 drone, he’s shot videos of harvest and planting. “It’s impressive how well it flies. The drone is a lot of fun to play around with, and it’s fun to watch the videos afterward,” he says. 

Family: Wipf and his wife, Sarah, have two daughters, Cierra, 8, and Hadassa, 5. They also have one son, Rylan, 6. 

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