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Forum topic by RHaynes posted 02-03-2019 09:25 PM 607 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2019 09:25 PM

I’ve got an old plastic laundry sink in my shop and I’m sick of it. It’s really deep which means brush cleaning time is yoga time. It’s stained and lumpy on the bottom with old, dried glue and whatever on the bottom, and I just threw it in the corner of the shop. I want to replace it with a cabinet and stainless steel sink of some sort, but choices out there for such units are limited and most are garbage, meaning bad cabinetry and thin gauge sinks, or even sinks that aren’t all 100% stainless and wind up rusting. I was wondering what ya’ll’s solutions have been for shop sinks. The plumbing is in the wall, so need for floor connections. I’d love a cabinet underneath to keep my water stones and stuff. Any ideas? Thanks ya’ll.!!

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#1 posted 02-03-2019 09:34 PM

stop by your local Habitat for Humanity retail store.
you would be SURPRISED at what they have in stock !!!!


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#2 posted 02-03-2019 10:23 PM

your going to want to build wood sink, all else will be substandard..

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#3 posted 02-03-2019 11:34 PM

You could take the sink apart, take the tub to the table saw and cut 6” or so off the sides to make a shallower tub, take the bottom and raise it up and epoxy it to upper half of the tub. Now you have a sink that’s not as deep. Take epoxy and coat the bottom of the tub to put in a flat base (no more bumps). raise your legs and no more sore back from bend over too far while cleaning brushes.

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#4 posted 02-03-2019 11:48 PM

+1 laundry sinks can be too deep, but there are many times you need the depth?
Have you thought about adding secondary basket or grate that hangs on the top to reduce the depth?
BORG sells a couple types. Can also raise strainer grates designed for sink bottom using hangers.

If you make your own:
Cheap and easy: buy Ikea white melamine lower cabinet box and short butcher block top, build you own door front(s). You can’t make the box as cheap as they sell it. It is just a box to hold sink, and not fine furniture after all?

Make me proud of my shop: Only custom cabinet and laminate top will make you happy.

+1 regarding SS sink choices. BORG options are joke. Suggest find a kitchen and bath store do buy one you can be happy using. Suggest you get a deep sink. The current cost saving 10 deep sinks are nothing more than place to splash water on counter. While it might replace water stone pond well, need something deeper to keep water in sink when cleaning paint brushes.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#5 posted 02-04-2019 02:42 PM

I have a NSF certified commercial kitchen sink with a single bowl and left side drain table. NSF stainless is Grade 316 and will not rust or pit and has no magnetic properties. Search craigslist or facebook market place.

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#6 posted 02-04-2019 02:50 PM

Hmm…. Get a large rubbermaid dishpan. Mount it on a metal or wood rack that you could make. It would span and hook over the sides of the tub with the dishpan in the center. Put it under the spout to wash brushes and such. Then tip it into the sink.
Use a hand or ROS sander in the bottom of the tub to clean it up. Then you have a small sink, a big tub, and no issues to have to get something else.
If you want you can build a three sided removable cabinet around the tub to make it look better.

If you’ve got glue, silicon, etc stuck in the bottom of the tub now, replacing it won’t mean it won’t be that way again unless you stop putting that stuff in it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 02-04-2019 05:02 PM

Mostly what I do is clean brushes. Got tired of bending over so I went to a standard stainless steel kitchen sink at countertop height.

At work, I picked up a deep stainless steel sink several years ago at a restaurant used equip supplier.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#8 posted 02-04-2019 06:39 PM

I have an old Darkroom sink, that I am saving for my dream shop I’m going to build some day…...its 48 ” long and 20” deep on a steel frame with a shelf under it…..while it’s not small it’s awesome for cleaning and washing…..there are a ton of defuncked photo places since digital came around…...they might sell them cheap to get it out of there. I have a 6 footer that I would donate!!!!!

-- Mike

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#9 posted 02-04-2019 08:26 PM

I would buy something from Amazon Warehouse and build your own cabinet. For example, here is a stainless still sink, normally $103 for $33 with ‘package damage’

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#10 posted 02-04-2019 08:34 PM

My shop sink looks identical to yours. My wife wants me to replace it for all the reasons you mention. I love it and will be keeping it. If it was clean and less than repulsive she’d probably be bathing grandkids or some such nonsense in it. That’s what the kitchen sink is for ;-)

Seriously though, I’ve done a lot of tool restorations. I can put big castings in there and scrub them down with acid or degreaser and rise them off. I love that it’s deep and I love that it’s plastic. Occasionally, I’ll fill it with dilluted bleach and let it soak for a few hours and then scrub the heck out of it. That’s good enough for me :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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