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New TKOR Super-Station – Personal Tour!

October 19, 2019


After 2 solid weeks of hard labor, I created
this brand new workbench, King of random style. Blood and sweat went into making this bad
boy, so come along on my guided tour of how I made it, and what it can do. I previously built a workbench prototype to
see what features I liked before I built, the real deal. This upgraded version has easy
access electrical power, a built in router station, high pressure air, and emergency
fire equipment. It’s also got a huge surface area for working on larger projects, and helps
guard against electrical ground faults. And did I mention the remote
controlled mood lighting? I needed a solid work-bench, with built in power for electrical
experiments, and a router station, for wood working projects. I couldn’t find anything
like this at the local hardware store, so I had to make one myself. I began by running
a 20 amp electrical cable underneath the floor to power the bench from the underside, then
got started on building the frame out of 2×4’s. I made some simple doors for the front and
back, screwed together a “torsion resistant” table frame, then wired up the electrical
system with 20amp cable. Next, I reclaimed the table top from my previous bench, and
chose to paint the whole thing “onyx black” with a flat matt finish. The last steps were
to wire up the electrical for the different lighting systems, then cut and bend some aluminum
trim for the edges. Now that it’s all put together, let me show you some of the extra
features. The electrical power starts with this surge protected power bar. This is the
master switch for the entire project bench, and helps protect sensitive electronics from
power spikes. When the switch is off, there’s absolutely no power whatsoever. But with the
switch on, you can see that anything plugged in, is fully functional. However, the power
stations all around the bench only work, if this 20 amp cable is plugged in, and turned
on You can see the cable runs directly to a secondary master switch which is activated
on a timer. This way, if the station is left unattended, the power shuts off automatically
when the time runs out. The secondary switch feeds power to a 20 amp GFCI. This monitors
for faults in all of the accessory outlets, and can trip off the power instantly, if a
ground fault occurs. The GFCI runs in series with 8 paralleled power outlets around the
bench. 6 of which are fitted with diamond plated aluminum trim. I checked each connection
to make sure they were properly connected and grounded, and you can see, the outlets
turn on or off with the flip of a switch. Now if you looked closely, you may have noticed
a hidden outlet on the underside of the table. This one doesn’t have a switch because it’s
constantly hot, as long as the timer switch is powered up. You probably saw that the edges,
are finished with diamond plated aluminum as well, and secured in place with hundreds, of truss-head
screws. All of this aluminum trim was cut from a 4×8 piece of sheet metal, using nothing
but a humble jigsaw. I fashioned a little form for bending them to 90º angles, out
of a length of 2×8 and an old door hinge. As you can see, it did a pretty good job.
I built cabinet doors on the front and back, which allow easy access to plenty of cabinet
space. The magnetic catches on the sides help hold the doors securely in place, and you
might have noticed that I sanded the edges to give them a slightly distressed look. Now,
if we take a look inside the cabinet areas, you can see I lined the bottom with a plastic
runner. That’s to make it look a little more finished, and a bit easier to clean. I used
the built in router station from my last workbench, but this time I enclosed it in a wooden box,
and ran the router’s power cable down through the bottom, and into another outlet tucked
away at the top of the cabinet. This outlet is controlled by a switch that you might be
able to see if you look to the top right of the sign. The guarded switch operates the
router safely, and from a distance, and snaps back to the off position to power down the
system on demand. The other switch operates the backlighting, and you can see the forward
position turns one light on, while moving the toggle switch to the back position will
activate them both, effectively doubling the light. I finished up by painting my bench
vise yellow, bolting it down with 4 inch lag screws, and as you can tell, this isn’t going
anywhere. I’m pretty excited about this work space because it’s over 6.5 feet long, 4 feet
wide, and just over 3 feet tall. A few other features to see, are this plastic grommet
on the side of the bench, which gives easy access to my air compressor, a fire extinguisher
station, and a custom lighted sign for effect. The back of the bench is where I hid the dimmer switch, that gives
control of the LED sign lighting. The sign is simply bolted on hand tight. And fastened in place at each of the corners, with a decorative cap nut. This makes it easy to switch out at any time. Each inside compartment has 2 puck lights hidden at the top, that light up the interior with the flick of a finger. There’s one last switch, between
the other two, that operates the LED strips hidden behind the table trim. You can see
they cycle through 7 different colors, and these lights are fully dimmable as well. The
coolest part is that they come with a remote control. Well there you have it. The new “King
of Random” project station, which should make dangerous experiments a little bit safer,
and hopefully do it in style. That’s it for now. If you liked this project, perhaps you’ll
like some of my others. Check them out at www.thekingofrandom.com

100 Comments

  • Reply Megaspasstpräsentiert April 15, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    This GFCI Outlet,is it like the ones i have here in switzerland called Sidos outlets? Works in the way that if you have for example 2 amps flowing on the phase to e electrical consumer and those 2 amps have to be flowing back on the neutral wire, if not the sidos will interrupt the power

  • Reply Dreams Fulfilled Through Music April 16, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Watch out with filming the flashing lights!!!! The are people like me who have epilepsy. For most people w/ epilepsy flashing lights can trigger SEIZURES!!! I however am very fortunate that my kind of epilepsy does not respond to that trigger!! I would STRONGLY SUGGEST that you re-edit this video and take out that section at the beginning where your LEDs are flashing and again at the end where they flash (however the one at the end isn't near as likely to cause problems). The biggest offender is the strobe type flashing light pattern that can set off an over reaction of certain chemicals and nerves in the brains of those of us with certain types of epilepsy!!

    Just so u know, you aren't the only one who's inadvertently done this.. The worst 1 I've seen is for that military grade flashlight that has a ton of functions (one of them being STROBE) and the darn producers of the commercial thought it would be smart to SHINE THE FLASHING STRONE LIGHT DIRECTLY INTO THE CAMERA‼

  • Reply Tafreed Ahmad April 16, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    can you tell how you built this workbench

  • Reply DJ Edan Scales April 20, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Did you make the king of random sign on the front??????????

  • Reply jake April 28, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    is the top wood ?

  • Reply vault-boy April 29, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    TKOR=The King Of Random

  • Reply Shyam Padmanabhan May 2, 2017 at 1:38 am

    How much would you guys pay for this bench?

  • Reply アストロAstro May 5, 2017 at 6:28 am

    I've got a suggestion, however the workbench is amazing. It's kinda late and small, but what if you mounted the light controller near one of the switches?

  • Reply Shubham dhurve Dhurve May 21, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Do a house tour

  • Reply Eloelo1 May 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I. want. that.?

  • Reply Jaime Ramirez May 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Hey Grant could you do an Upgrade on this with a Table saw..??

  • Reply Harsha Choudhary June 7, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    It's been 3 years ha… Long time

  • Reply CactusStuff June 11, 2017 at 2:53 am

    where did u get the gloves

  • Reply Matt Woldanski June 14, 2017 at 2:43 am

    This is excessive lmfaooo

  • Reply PairedPRO June 14, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I lowe this project.

  • Reply Dylan Willms June 29, 2017 at 9:14 am

    those are a lotttttttt of switches

  • Reply Nate Eller July 1, 2017 at 3:25 am

    come along on my guided tooer

  • Reply SCHOOL SUCKS July 11, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Grant btw I luv ur vids, and y not do anyone bone in the body and cut it open and see what's inside 😀 Thanks!?

  • Reply The Construction Guys July 24, 2017 at 12:46 am

    to many switches

  • Reply Bryce Gibson August 1, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    i really want some blueprints for this!

  • Reply Kowski Bros. August 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    What wood Is it?

  • Reply Joker 75 August 16, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Men you are a genius you inspired me like a mac gyver ????????

  • Reply King of flames September 8, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    How much would this badboy Cost?

  • Reply Sterling O'Deaghaidh September 14, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Might use some of these ideas on my work station in my coffin shop

  • Reply Snowzyx September 16, 2017 at 1:14 am

    I am so happy I got 4 subscribers in 1 week!

  • Reply Kristo playz September 20, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    fokk

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  • Reply Kristo playz September 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    NICA

  • Reply Flint Lock September 24, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Can you show how to make one like this

  • Reply POOP LOVER October 5, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Wow so much place for mah chargers

  • Reply Glitched Matrix October 8, 2017 at 12:12 am

    What gloves is he wearing?

  • Reply You are a pirate October 8, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Could you try to cast/make a wrench? Ps you are amazing

  • Reply mister October 14, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Three years ago this was, That is unbelievable.

  • Reply Dr Gusimyth November 5, 2017 at 1:09 am

    my dream

  • Reply Thoshus November 5, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    do you have a kid if so do they hide in the cabnets?

  • Reply Mathew Sanchez November 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Can you make a video showing how you made the top portion of the workbench. I want to build a bench similar to this in my garage but can't find anything that details how the bench top is put together.

  • Reply Nabendu Singha November 17, 2017 at 11:49 am

    beautiful

  • Reply Xanderlucario November 23, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Can I have it now

  • Reply Angelica Guerrero November 26, 2017 at 7:20 am

    This is awesome!!! Grant, I've always womdered, are you self taught or did you go to school? Honestly your videos and projects just blow me away!!! Keep up the great work.

  • Reply Henrik Techguy November 27, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    That is a dope af workbench. I seen only two possible issues. Is the surge protector rated for 20 amps? And are the outlets/switches rated for 20 amps? If you happen to draw 20 amps from one of the outlets, either the outlet, the switch, or the surge protector is going to melt and maybe cause a fire. You've got a fire extingiusher though? 😉

  • Reply Doctor Don December 1, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Very cool system

  • Reply Anirban Kayal December 5, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Brilliant….

  • Reply Bruno Costa December 18, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Pretty slick, but the LED colored strips are a bit much for me

  • Reply Deeanna Long December 19, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    My name is Trenton.

  • Reply Deeanna Long December 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    It is awesome lol I love it.

  • Reply Uriel Gutierrez December 27, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I swear this guy could build a whole entire city no sweat

  • Reply Curtis Davis January 2, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    You should offer plans for this workbench to include the original bench you used too for some $$ of course

  • Reply Silver Pizza January 19, 2018 at 2:55 am

    he literally do whatever he wants in life, i wouldnt be surprised if his next project is a submarine

  • Reply Ebbe Byström January 27, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    COOL!!!!!

  • Reply Jamin Van Ry February 3, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Is there a video with the measurements?

  • Reply S0Low February 4, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    "Onx black"

  • Reply LinusLing 03 February 18, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Awesome

  • Reply Verboss Sounds March 2, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    No mini fridge?

  • Reply Jesse Pilgreen March 14, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Can you explain to met the idea of why you put the torsion resistant setup on the top?

  • Reply Aden Ng March 17, 2018 at 11:59 am

    when you show off your gaming pc

  • Reply Aden Ng March 17, 2018 at 11:59 am

    still better than my gaming pc.

  • Reply CheckDozeCorners April 2, 2018 at 1:00 am

    A w e S o m e

  • Reply XaN April 4, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Sick workbench

  • Reply Helen Chaplin April 13, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    thats so cool

  • Reply Swen Anthony April 14, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    The switches

  • Reply Elena Di Michele Byrne April 17, 2018 at 8:52 am

    It's so cool I really want it

  • Reply Skelton Slay8er May 11, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I want to make my own

  • Reply K-Dane Official May 13, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    How much did the TKOR cost

  • Reply Kush Dabade May 25, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Watch in 2018

  • Reply Josiah Lopez June 1, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    2018? Anyone

  • Reply Everyday Fun Projects June 15, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I WANT THIS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Master of Aces June 18, 2018 at 5:04 am

    I want one.

  • Reply OvercomeRain401 Gaming June 20, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    “And a decorative cap nut!”
    Me in my head”Your a decorative cap nut lel”

  • Reply Abhi Gamer was taken June 21, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Yo!

  • Reply Ruggero Guiso July 3, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Bravo, veramente bravo. Questo lavoro è un concentrato di sicurezza, funzionalità e creatività.

  • Reply FaZe Jason July 15, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    where is the video of how to build this

  • Reply Vasya Yatsenko July 23, 2018 at 6:41 am

    This time I'll use woodprix instructions to make it by my hand 🙂

  • Reply NabeGameDev August 5, 2018 at 10:39 am

    you are a pro The King of random 🙂

  • Reply Nick Meade August 11, 2018 at 2:44 am

    So this is the video that started the glove wearing

  • Reply Kanouj Bose August 20, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Just speechless
    Amazing!!

  • Reply Variety of Everything August 23, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Ooh. Oh wait I’m in 2018

  • Reply Variety of Everything August 23, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Amazing crafts, how?!

  • Reply Travis Wall August 31, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Did he just say.. Onx? If he watched more pokemon he would know its On-ix.

  • Reply ArcticFlygon September 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    "onks" black. Sometimes I love American pronunciation.

  • Reply rdgk1se3019 September 23, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Are there wheels on that to move it around?

  • Reply Dhivyesh GS October 16, 2018 at 3:26 am

    2018 ? Anyone ?

  • Reply Meesie Gamer October 31, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    can I buy it?

    Where can I buy it?

  • Reply WarriorCatsTV December 1, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    mix galem with water

  • Reply Carlo Tran December 7, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    the hardware store must love grant

  • Reply Aidan Woodward March 30, 2019 at 1:43 am

    I wondered where he got at first he didn't get! I shouldn't be surprised.

  • Reply Robert Clark April 11, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    It would be better without the rgb .

  • Reply Garett Reeser June 4, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I want one

  • Reply Abades July 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    SO SAD FOR YOU MAN RiP [*]

  • Reply Mitchell Belskiy August 2, 2019 at 2:59 am

    This is so hard to watch after his death

  • Reply Jadentheperson August 2, 2019 at 8:12 am

    rest easy king

  • Reply Great August 4, 2019 at 5:41 am

    This video inspired me to make my own desk in year 6 with my grandad. I expected it to be super easy, it wasn’t but I still have the desk in my room to this day.

  • Reply Glenn Tucker August 5, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Rip you absolute legend we all miss you

  • Reply Silverjalapeno August 8, 2019 at 7:23 am

    RIP

  • Reply Alex Black August 9, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Rip

  • Reply JLord August 11, 2019 at 2:27 am

    RIP bro

  • Reply Shreyas Satish August 25, 2019 at 5:07 am

    RIP
    One of my favourite videos of all-time

  • Reply Miguel Mendoza August 29, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Coming here after what happened, feels… Weird? It's almost like he's still with us.

  • Reply Nicole Demetrius September 12, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Rip legend the world will miss you

  • Reply Game on 3.60 and Music 3.60 September 28, 2019 at 2:48 am

    RIP

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