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Tool thoughts #51: building my version of the Ultimate Tool Stand and rearranging the shop

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Blog entry by NedB posted 334 days ago 1513 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve got a very small shop footprint, which means that every square foot is important (yes, I know, what shop, no matter what size is that not the case?). To that end, I’ve always had the idea in the back of my mind that the Ultimate Tool Stand design from american woodworker magazine. There have been several built ‘here’, but I never felt the need to finalize it. Years ago, I started building a version of it, but ‘stopped’ after I made the top part of the design:

I mounted that to the wall, which has worked out ok, but I want mobility and a place to ‘park’ my tablesaw out of the way in the shop.

I started yesterday by digging a torsion box I had stored away out. I need to pick up some hardware in the morning so I can mount the casters. Once I get the ‘base’ ready, I’ll cut some 2×6’s into legs and dig out the kreg jig to mount them. The original UTS used plywood boxes to support the top, but I don’t have a good way to get the sheet goods home at the moment.

Here is my shop floorplan:

My idea is to park the UTS where the chop saw now sits (same footprint, only mobile) The TS will also be able to park there, with a bit of judicious back and fill since the UTS is on wheels. I’m considering moving my newfangled bench out of the SE corner, and putting my storage cabinet back in that corner.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com



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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 334 days ago

Sounds like a good idea…

I think I’d like to be get Around that NewFangled bench… a little more…

Good idea on how you used that UTS top! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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NedB

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#2 posted 333 days ago

tore the chop saw stand apart tonight…

Kreg jigs are so much fun!

Yeah it’s a little wobbly, but the 2×6’s are to hold up the top… I’ll add a piece of ply for diagonal stability tomorrow…

got a ‘deal’ on the 1/4 sheet of plywood at the borg… 1/2 price… or $6.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 333 days ago

Nice going!

COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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bluekingfisher

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#4 posted 333 days ago

Good work Ned, I was making some jigs myself over the weekend although not on the scale of yours.

I like your inovation.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#5 posted 333 days ago

Thanks guys, the more I look at it, the happier I am that I’m making this upgrade. I am ‘tired’ of using my TS as a workbench. I’m hoping to park it in the corner when not cutting something, and use this, OR my newfangled bench as the center bench in the shop. Not sure which will wind up there, but one or the other will Have to!

I have to step very carefully in the shop at the moment… I’ve got boards, cut offs and all sorts of other trip hazards in there because of this move. LOL.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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