I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I’m a contract engineer so we have to move every few years. My shop is usually one side of a two car garage with makeshift shelves. I sometimes add some cheap cabinets but end up leaving them when we move. A good dust collection system is out of the questions so I usually do a lot of my work in the driveway. This means carry saw horses and plywood for makeshift benches and wheeling tools on rollers in and out. There are many trips back and forth for hand tools and supplies.
So here’s my proposal. One big rolling workstation that combines the table saw, router, work surface, drawers, cabinets, and a place to set up other tools like the miter saw or maybe a planer. With everything on one platform, there is little time spent running back and forth – all tools normally needed are handy. The design is modular so it can be disassembled for moving or modifications. The bottom platform and the work surface are torsion boxes.
Of course there are drawbacks. It’s heavy – 1200 to 1400 lbs. It needs a fairly level driveway – not that common.
What do you think? Is this a good idea or a hare-brained scheme? You can download the Sketchup model from the Sketchup Warehouse.
-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.