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Ultimate Tool Stand in Google SketchUp

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Project by Microsuffer posted 1571 days ago 9681 views 41 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Have fun.

-- "Those are my principals, if you don't like them....I have others." - Groucho Marx





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Dan Hux

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#1 posted 1571 days ago

very nice, I’d like to see the sketchup file..I sent you a PM a few seconds ago with my email address.. Great work. It looks great

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 1571 days ago

Someone has been practicing sketch up, great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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chsdiver

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#3 posted 1571 days ago

i am new to LJ and came across your Sketch-up of the ultimate tool stand and was interested in getting a copy of what you created in Sketch-up. if you would be so kind to send it to me that would be great. i am still fumbling with Sketch-up and want to become more proficient with it.

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Microsuffer

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#4 posted 1571 days ago

Anyone interested in the file should PM an e-mail address to me. Mailed a copy to you, Dan, about 20 minutes ago so it should be in your in basket. The file is a little over 1 Meg right now.

You should not need to be proficient in SketchUp to at least examine the design. I recommend saving a master copy and then opening a work copy just in case you do something irreversible. Murphy’s Law never takes a holiday. :-)

-- "Those are my principals, if you don't like them....I have others." - Groucho Marx

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Derek Lyons

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#5 posted 1571 days ago

Why not upload it to Google’s 3D library?

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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Microsuffer

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#6 posted 1571 days ago

I would like to get broader feedback before posting there. But that is my intention.

-- "Those are my principals, if you don't like them....I have others." - Groucho Marx

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topher

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#7 posted 1570 days ago

great design and great work with sketch up. I just started with sketch-up a few days ago and hope to get the the point to design like you have…thanks for the motivation.

-- learning, building, playing

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1570 days ago

Wow so cool.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Scott Bryan

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#9 posted 1570 days ago

This is a pretty interesting design. It combines quite a nimber of operations in one work station.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Microsuffer

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#10 posted 1570 days ago

I thought so. Lots there, though I could think of a few ways to improve it. For one, there is no provision for any kind of vise. I wonder about modifying one of the drawer cavities.

-- "Those are my principals, if you don't like them....I have others." - Groucho Marx

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pommy

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#11 posted 1570 days ago

that is what i was looking at Micro or making room on the end posibily

i have just pm’d your goodself

Andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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Microsuffer

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#12 posted 1570 days ago

I will post this on Google sometime next week. Until then, if you want a copy of the file, send an e-mail address with your PM. I’ve already found a couple of unimportant errors (no-body building the stand would notice unless they measured off the drawing instead of getting dimensions from the article cited.) Besides looking to collect those errors there are a couple more things I’m thinking about adding to the drawing that are not part of the original design.

-- "Those are my principals, if you don't like them....I have others." - Groucho Marx

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cabinetmaster

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#13 posted 1570 days ago

I looked up the original article off your post this morning. I am really thinking of making one when I get back to my shop. I have such a small shop that this may help organize things a little better. I sent you a pm too.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Microsuffer

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#14 posted 1570 days ago

I’ve posted a e-mail asking about the subject. Let’s see what comes back.

-- "Those are my principals, if you don't like them....I have others." - Groucho Marx

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FredG

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#15 posted 1570 days ago

Check out ChicoWoodnut's website.

-- Fred

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