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Blog entry by Michael J posted 05-12-2010 04:24 PM 5351 reads 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being relatively new to woodworking and building my new “shop”, which basically consists of a 2 car garage, I’ve finally got around to using those sheets of birch faced MDF that have been staring at me for 6 months to build the Ultimate Tool Stand. I think it’s the perfect solution for my garage as far as maximizing space and versatility. Mounting it on 4 inch casters will allow me the ultimate flexibility to roll it out of the way, but also outside for when I’m cutting nasty MDF which I’ve learned makes a huge mess in the garage as opposed to regular veneer core plywood.

The plans for the Ultimate Toolstand (as mentioned by several other LJ members) can be found at http://christophermerrill.net/ww/plans/UTS/Tool_Stand_1.html .

I started my project with a few modifications from the original plan. First of all, I utilized a hollow core door as my torsion box, to save time. I was unsure if it would work as I hoped, but when sandwiched between 3/4 MDF, it’s rock solid. I also added about 6 inches onto my tool stand so that my Dewalt 735 planer would fit in the bottom shelf. I don’t think it would have fit otherwise, so making it longer also allowed me to use the full hollow core door without cutting it down. I’m guessing this also kept the structural integrity in tact.

Here are a few pictures of the progress. It’s coming along pretty nicely. I can’t wait to finish so I have a suitable bench for the many projects on my list.

Update: 5/15/2010
Making progress. Cut the channels in the top with my new dado blade and just did my first laminate job. I also installed a vise which presented it’s own challenges given the configuration of the top. Tomorrow I plan on wiring everything up and trimming the laminate. I decided to not cut the channels in the middle of the side boxes as I couldn’t see a need for them.

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-- Mike Minneapolis, MN



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dbhost

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#1 posted 05-12-2010 04:55 PM

Looking good so far. Looks like that will be a great addition to your shop!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#2 posted 05-12-2010 05:32 PM

That’s awesome, I’m building one for sure.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#3 posted 05-12-2010 11:56 PM

I love everything about this except one thing. I’m not sure whether material would slide easily accross the slots in the top. i would think that even the slightest bow in a board could cause it to get stuck while feeding it through the planer or the router table. What do you think?

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#4 posted 05-13-2010 01:01 AM

thanks for the link now if you can only send a link for more space in my shop, you look like you got a very nice start to the perfect project.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#5 posted 05-13-2010 01:05 AM

that is awesome! i gotta put this on my to do list.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#6 posted 05-13-2010 08:36 AM

Thanks for giving us a look, It will be nice when it all finished up.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#7 posted 05-13-2010 04:50 PM

HokieMojo,
That is something I hadn’t considered. After reading info from a lot of other people who built the stand, nobody mentioned that being an issue, but you got me thinking. I am going to put my planer on an height adjustable base to sit in the well, so I think that might help. Another idea I had was just to get a small piece of 1/4” hardboard and just clamp it down over the slots if need be.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#8 posted 05-13-2010 06:03 PM

HokieMojo, that’s why the extremely sturdy ‘sandwich’ is used as the base and top and its supports are made of dimensionally stable material – to prevent that bow from happening.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#9 posted 05-13-2010 08:50 PM

Michael – I’m still intrigued. I think this could be a great all purpuse addition to my garage/shop.

Derek – Thanks for the response, but just to clarify, I was thinking more along the lines of the material bowing, not the tabletop. Even if the surfaces were freshly jointed, I’d still think that wood could move ever so slightly between the jointing and planing/routing stages if you were milling stock for a large project. I’m not saying it would happen, but was thinking it could.

Maybe the answer is a VERY slight roundover on the edges to prevent it from catching?? I’m not sure. Maybe it isn’t even worth concerning myself with, but the idea of getting stuck 1/2 way through a cut makes me nervous.

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#10 posted 05-13-2010 09:49 PM

HokieMojo, I will let you know more after my first test board with my planer. I wouldn’t let that issue stop you from building the stand if you find that all the other features would work well for you. Like I mentioned earlier, that would be a very easy issue to solve with a sheet of hardboard to cover up the well. You could even use holder for the full top on the back to store that extra sheet. In my case, it would take a 28×24 piece to have on hand. Not a big deal.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#11 posted 05-13-2010 11:14 PM

I think that is probably the best idea. Just like the glue shield. Its affordable, durable, and slick. I’ve gotta finish painting my shop and build some lumber racks. Then I’ll build a couple small projects for fun. After that, I think this would be the next item to build.

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#12 posted 01-23-2011 05:17 AM

this really looks like what I’ve been looking for.

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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