Tips and Jigs for the Shop #3: Reclaiming old stuff.........guess what this was.......

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 10-26-2009 02:34 AM 1940 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, after finishing my downdraft table (see my blog, Revamping and Updating My Old Shop), and making my dutiful post about it here, I started to clean up the shop. So moving stuff back where it belonged, the two-bit (pun intended) router table went up high on a shelf, moved off a generic rolling stand that I use for all kinds of stuff, and then I looked about for a place to put the downdraft table. (This shop desparately needs wall space and, it will take cabinets and big time organization to accomplish that).

I looked at the stand the router just came off of….......and plunked the downdraft table on it…....and laughed. It fit perfectly. But the funny part of it is, I suddenly remembered where this stand came from. It has a handle on the left for rolling. It normally sits on all four legs, but if you lift up on that handle, then the casters, that are normally just barely off the ground become the lowest point, and off you roll. I had built a plywood top, and a shelf for what was a barebones iron stand. It is heavy sturdy, portable, was given to me, and except for the casters, was built from scrap. The stand that I started with is just the iron part.

I built this about 17 years ago….....

Here it is, this is an easy one…....the stand was given to me, I used it briefly, and I was going to throw it out before I had the inspiration and turned it into a utility cart….......

What is it. Easy.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#1 posted 10-26-2009 02:47 AM

Got er done good job.

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#2 posted 10-26-2009 11:32 AM

Nice downdraft table and cart. I like your wheel solution.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-29-2009 02:49 AM

Oh, and by the way, the original cast iron stand was an aquarium stand. I got it when I lived in Fairbanks, a quirky hand me down from a brother-in-law, and I was cleaning up space, about to throw it out, and dreamed up this rolling shop stand instead. Alaskans don’t throw out much, use duct tape to fix what looks unfixable, and make junk do the job. It is in the culture. This stand is extremely heavy for its size due to the iron work and heavy wood work. It makes a great router stand, small project table, and probably now a downdraft table stand. The caster system works perfectly….....

Thanks for the comments and reads.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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