|Project by Microsuffer||posted 12-30-2009 at 04:27 PM||10321 views||41 times favorited||35 comments|
While browsing the forums I came across a topic that had a post that referenced ””The Ultimate Tool Stand””:http://christophermerrill.net/ww/plans/UTS/ToolStand1.html, an article publish in American Woodworker some time back. This presented me with an opportunity to combine my interest in work bench design and a vehicle to learn Google’s 3D CAD tool, Sketchup. Some hours of effort later, and with help from DaveR, I managed to generate what I think is a decent rendering of the subject.
The file contains multiple layers and scenes. It works with the free version of SketchUp. By playing the animation you can see pretty much all of the features, including a drawer that is not mentioned in the article, but does show in one of the pictures. It is also pretty easy to pick a scene and then move around the stand to look at it from any angle and even to hide parts of the design so as to inspect some detail.
Please note that in some cases I improvised because of lack of information in the original article (door tracks and the drip shield storage tracks.) In other cases I took the liberty of making changes to suite my preferences. The router box, for instance, fits the original footprint, but I added channels for a miter and t-tracks along with reinforcement strips for their mounting. Also, the cut-outs for the router (box and stand deck) were positioned forward to allow for mounting an Incra Twin-Linear precision fence (not rendered), and a router plate that is inexpensive and widely available.
Not yet in the file is a base for the chop-saw (not a box, just a u-shaped platform anyway, or the same for a planer which hides in the left side bay. And the holes in the down draft sanding box are just circles in the top side of the box. I originally had them there, but, as Dave noted, it makes the file grow enormously and having them there is only important if you want to look through those tiny 1/4 inch holes.
Other than mentioned, all of the components are rendered as they might be cut assuming that 3/4 and 1/4 materials are used. If you decide to build from this, make sure you make allowances for any materials that are not precisely that thickness (typical of plywoods of all sorts.) Anyone interested in a copy of the file will have to send a message with their e-mail as I don’t yet know how to post a file for others to down load.
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