I think I’m going to end up with several Bench SlideMounts. They’re exactly what I didn’t realize I’ve been looking for. I’ve been dragging my heels on a bad idea I’ve had to install T-tracks in my 8’x2’ work table, seen here almost 2 years ago when the garage was still nice and empty and traversable.
I’d make a shelf below the bench to hold my smaller bench tools on squares of plywood, bringing each up as needed, sliding its bolts into the T-slots, and locking them down with some Rockler T-slot locking clamps I have. Seemed like a lot of work, while ruining my table, and still not making it really easy to set up my heavy little tools and break them down again in a hurry when I only needed to, say, sharpen a chisel. Check out this alternate solution to the problem:
It seems ideal for me. 3 of the tools in the video are exactly what I’d want these for – bench grinder, scroll saw (which has been in my dining room since shipping it here from my folks’ house this past December!), and possibly a benchtop belt/disc sander, though I’d really prefer a large floor model if I can find a place for it. The other thing it would be great for would be my WorkSharp 3000, which keeps moving around the shop, being in the way when it’s not being extremely useful.
I have so very little space, I have to turn to crazy transformer-based solutions to reclaim enough room to turn around, and these seem a perfect fit to that end. I really wish they were $40-$50, though. Their site currently lists it for $117.95, but the site that linked me there claimed only $97.99, same as the article on Fine Woodworking which alerted me to this whole thing in the first place. If only I had a shear and press brake, I could just make my own. Perhaps I can work out something with angle iron.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator