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Evolution of a Shop #24: A couple of shop helpers

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Blog entry by Cory posted 1051 days ago 5124 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 23: Clamp cart update Part 24 of Evolution of a Shop series Part 25: Tool cabinet update »

I thought I’d post these two little shop helpers I recently made up. The first is something most have seen, but maybe a newbie can get some use out of it: A sandpaper cutter. I’m lazy, so I find myself using sandpaper longer than I should because cutting it to fit my sanding blocks is a bit of a pain. I got fed up with my own laziness and made this super simple sandpaper cutting jig:

It’s simply a piece of plywood with a hacksaw blade. The blade is raised up off of the plywood by some washers so that the sandpaper will fit under it easily. I drew a line on the plywood for the two types of sanding blocks that I’ve got. Now I just slide the sandpaper under the blade and rip it off. No more measuring or cutting with a box cutter or scissors. I can’t believe how much easier this is and I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner.

The other little shop helper is a modification of a Black and Decker Workmate. In my little garage shop, space is at a premium and everything needs to be on wheels. So I set out to put a mobile base on my workmate and still make it collapsible. The base is a simple plywood platform with locking casters. I wrapped the base with a couple of 2×4s for rigidity and some 1/4” plywood for looks. I also added a larger 3/4” MDF top to the workmate. The top is attached with dowels that are glued to the MDF and sized for the holes in the workmate top.

I wheel this little thing all over the shop to hold pieces I’m milling, to help with glue ups, and to provide a small light duty assembly bench.

Hope it helps someone out. Thanks for looking.

Cory

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.



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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 1051 days ago

AAHH….shop projects…...nothing like them…..we all need them, just a question of what we need as to what we build… I made a sandpaper cutter like yours about 4 years ago (just a tad different), and never looked back…. These things are as handy as a pocket on a shirt. I like the cart for the W.M, also. I have one, but hardly ever use it. In the beginning, I added a wide top on mine too, and I had my planer bolted to it. But it was too low, and killed my back, so I put it aside. But it’s there if I ever need it…...

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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flippedcracker

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#2 posted 1045 days ago

I just went through all your posts. They’ve really inspired me to organize my garageshop better. i love all the carts. Thanks for sharing everything.

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Cory

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#3 posted 1044 days ago

Thanks, Rick and flippedcracker. I appreciate the comments.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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AJswoodshop

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#4 posted 719 days ago

Nice! Always handy to have a extra table.

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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