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Project by Miketw posted 02-04-2014 11:09 AM 11656 views 62 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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MrNorwood

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 12:06 PM

and this one, my friend, is going into my favorites folder

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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A.Scott

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 01:11 PM

Now this looks to be very useful with alot of options. Nice build!

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489tad

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 02:18 PM

You did a great job and have a nice collection of tools. I have a roller cabinet that I planned on painting back in 95. Still natural.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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MaartenDC

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 02:24 PM

Nicely done. I’d like one of those!

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 02:29 PM

This piece is very clean and neat but was built with simple materials. It’s very functional and practical and will serve you well in your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 02-04-2014 04:26 PM

Nice job…. looks like a very efficient and practical design.

I personally love building with 2×3…. but I hate sifting through the piles at the BORG for straight ones.

One observation. With casters at the ends and the span you have, you’re probably going to see the middle sag and lose your flat top. You can remedy this by adding two more casters in the middle, or by putting leveling feet in the middle (which would help keep the cart from moving when set up for use). If you don’t want to buy more hardware, just make a pair of wedge blocks with a flat top at exactly the same height as the bottom of the plywood at either end. Then you can just roll the stand out into the drive and kick the wedges in the middle. This will jack up the center section back to flat and make it less prone to move on you.

Either way you go…Good luck with it.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Craftsman on the lake

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#7 posted 02-04-2014 04:30 PM

Compact and extremely functional. This is how to build the tools we need to make the stuff that will look expensive. Your simple less expensive solution will yield amazing results. Wait and see.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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MarkTheFiddler

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#8 posted 02-04-2014 04:30 PM

You knocked it out of the park. Great planning, function and build.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Steve187

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#9 posted 02-04-2014 05:25 PM

Nice project. Well done.
Maybe add a couple of electrical outlet boxes permanently attached to a 12ga extension cord.
Thanks for sharing AND welcome to Lumberjocks,

-- Steve (North Louisiana, near Ruston)

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dbhost

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#10 posted 02-04-2014 05:31 PM

Not sure why you are apologizing for it not being refined. Looks great for a table saw / router workstaiton… I love how you incorporate the miter saw station into the whole thing… Very well done!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#11 posted 02-04-2014 05:44 PM

Outstanding work… Very useful and cool. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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jim65

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#12 posted 02-04-2014 08:17 PM

Refined enough for me, looks great!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#13 posted 02-05-2014 12:24 AM

very nice,wellthought and the lay out is great!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Scott Shea

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#14 posted 02-05-2014 02:43 AM

Very nice! I recon I need one of these in my shop!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#15 posted 02-05-2014 02:58 AM

reminds me of something similar that was in FWW a few years back

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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