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Retractable workbench for Drum Sander and Sliding Compound Miter Saw

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Project by zzzzdoc posted 1209 days ago 5962 views 24 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m like most of you. Trying to get every square inch out of using my garage as a workshop. Plus, I need to park my car in here. I also have lots of machines that use up tons of space.

I really wanted to get a drum sander, but had no floor space for it. So I took 3/4” plywood sheets and fit them to the top of my two tool cabinets. These were bolted to the metal top of the tool cabinets with 3/8” bolts, nuts, and washers. I then took a 1/2” piece of plywood and ran it the entire length of both carts and screwed it to the 3/4” plywood in many, many locations. Don’t want this lifting up with the big, heavy lever arm that the equipment presents.

Now I cut 1-3/4” butcher block tops for each piece of equipment, the Jet 16/32 Drum Sander, the Festool Kapex Sliding Compound Miter Saw, and a third pull-out of butcher block for future needs.

Each piece of butcher block slides out on Accuride 9301 heavy-duty slides, which are rated up to 500 lbs each. They are secured with 1/4” bolts, and are going nowhere.

Now I can independently pull out the SCMS for long pieces and not have it hit the cabinet next to it, or pull out the drum sander only when needed.

Simple, but very effective space saver. Plus rock solid

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.





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tedth66

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#1 posted 1209 days ago

Nice setup Alan. I just might need to do this with my benchtop drill press and Jet spindle sander. Did you have to special order the heavy duty slides?

-- Ted

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 1209 days ago

good looking corner there :-)
I like this idea thankĀ“s for sharing it

Dennis

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Tinnocker

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#3 posted 1209 days ago

That’s great idea for limited space!

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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steliart

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#4 posted 1209 days ago

This is one excellent idea. I will keep it in mind for the future, thanks.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Paulo in Texas

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#5 posted 1209 days ago

Wow, that looks more like a showroom at a tool store than a home workshop.

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zzzzdoc

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#6 posted 1209 days ago

Woodcraft didn’t have the slides in stock, so I just ordered them online. They are massive slides. Can’t believe what they weigh by themselves.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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Chris

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#7 posted 1209 days ago

Great ideas there. Also looks like enough hinges on the clamp rack to the right to fold out like origami. I’d be interested in a post on this as well if you feel like it.

Thanks!

-- Chris

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zzzzdoc

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#8 posted 1208 days ago

I posted that here:

Clamp Rack - Gloat

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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Ken90712

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#9 posted 1208 days ago

Nice work, Love all the labels you have on your tool boxes….. I made one of these clamp racks as well. Its full thinking of making another one. Again nice work.

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

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SASmith

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#10 posted 1208 days ago

That is one sweet setup.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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stefang

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#11 posted 1208 days ago

Great solution.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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RexMcKinnon

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#12 posted 1207 days ago

Great space saving design.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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zzzzdoc

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#13 posted 1202 days ago

I need to make supports for longer pieces of wood for the SCMS on the drum sander table. Not sure if I’ll use the bed of the drum sander for the support (the heights don’t match up, but I can probably modify that), or make two retractable/removable pieces of wood as extra support.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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fotbr

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#14 posted 1200 days ago

I love this idea!

Do you have any way to lock the tables in an extended (or retracted, for that matter) position to keep them from moving while you use them?

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zzzzdoc

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#15 posted 1200 days ago

I haven’t had the need to do that yet. Between the slides, and the equipment on them, the sections are pretty heavy, and pretty stable.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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