|Project by Miketw||posted 02-04-2014 11:09 AM||71123 views||88 times favorited||36 comments|
This is my first posting and I found a lot of ideas on this site before building. I am a novice when it comes to woodworking or carpentry. Like many of you, I needed a way to make my tools more accessible. I have a basic and expanding assortment of old and new power tools (I can thank my Dad for most of them) that I want to put to better use. My kids are really getting into woodworking as well. Now I can roll the router/tablesaw/miter saw station and drill press out when I needs them. I don’t have a dust collection system yet, but I can wheel them out into the driveway and quickly clean them with the blower.
I found 2×3’s which allowed for a little more open shelf space once it was framed. The only challenge was getting the different components at the right height to provide a continuous flat work surface. It’s not as refined as most of the projects I have seen on the site, but time was limited and I plan to paint it later to protect the wood and improve the look.
Thanks to DeLayne Peck for the idea to use a $30 lab jack as a router lift. It works great with a cheap plunge router and decent height gauge. I have seen a lot of plans for table saw/router combos, as well as miter saw stations, so I hoped to combine all those ideas into something useful and easy on the budget. So far everything is sturdy and working well. It is 24” deep and fits great against the back wall of the garage in front of my car.
Next, I plan to use the tools to work on some projects with my kids.
Addendum: I forgot to mention that my 5 & 9 year old sons helped me out and did some real work on this project.