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Complicated, perhaps not, but if I'm going to cut a rectangular hole why not do it on the board where I want the rectangular hole?

I do love using my router and before replying pondered for several minutes whether I could come up with another use for the template to justify making it. But the short bit would drive me crazy.
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Complicated, perhaps not, but if I'm going to cut a rectangular hole why not do it on the board where I want the rectangular hole?

I do love using my router and before replying pondered for several minutes whether I could come up with another use for the template to justify making it. But the short bit would drive me crazy.
Short bit is an issue. As far as justifying templates, I don't bother. I have a bucket of scrap 1/4" MDF I use and reuse those.

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OK that will work. I would leave the 2x3 running edgeways and use the plunge router to make the hole. If you have a round over bit you could radius the edges of the 2x3 so it would just slip right into the hole.
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I would just use all 2x4's, and use 2, 3/8" x 5"(or 6") lag bolts, up into the upright 2x4's. Simple, fast, and plenty strong.
Or if you don't trust the lags, use 3/8" bolts and bolt it, with cross holes in the uprights for nuts and washers. I'd use 1/2" bolts and just use 1 per joint.

Not sure of the headroom, but with mortises, the uprights will hang down lower.
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I'm using the various size wood because that's what I have On hand. I'd be nervous about the lag bc if it failed it could literally kill someone..... Maybe after all ill make a shelf under my bench. I just got the willies thinking about my kids standing under this. I'll have to reasses when I get home.
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If your goal is to avoid a PITA, you will also need a ladder to fetch your 60lbs grinder when you want to use it.... Its a different kind of PITA but still a PITA. How about making a swing-down shelf, where the ends of the verticals rotate with whatever they are attached to? Might need a compound pulley to operate the thing easily.

If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway!
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This isn't exactly hiding my tools but condenses the space required considerably. The bench grinder is no where near 60# but the OSS is. Also gave me room for the Worksharp and the Drill Dr stores in the drawer below. Quick flip of the top brings the OSS up and puts the grinder and WS out of the way. I use them a lot more since they are out from under benches.
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I am tall so the overhead will be an easy reach for me. and heck, EVERYTHING in my space is a pita. Hopefully I'll only be here for a year or so more.

That Is one cool setup! Did you build it?

I was contemplating some kind of flip or swing up at the end Of my bench ( which is a ply and 2 x 4 affair) but decided that was both too complicated and would get in the way. Very efficient use of space though.
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Yeah, I got ahold of some plans from FWW. Looked good until they called for a double thickness of furniture grade plywood for the sides and top$$$$. So I just went for an open frame with construction lumber but kept the plans to see how the flip mechanism worked. They had 1/2" steel rod going through the side rails and about 4 or 5" into the top so I went with 1/2" black pipe all the way through. Doesn't look much like the plan but works. I built the drawer to slide all the way through because the front and back change when you flip the top.

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To close out an old thread, I finally gave in and admitted storing grinder in the joists was a stupid idea. I ended up building the base for my drill press wide enough to fit the tray that it's mounted on.
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