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Forum topic by interpim posted 09-17-2009 03:57 AM 1355 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2009 03:57 AM

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My garage is a mess… I have to use my tablesaw as area because I do not have an appropriate area to work.

I live in military housing so I cannot build in anything as far as storage goes, and I really cannot afford to make something very large as I move a lot and don’t want to have to worry about the movers actually being able to get it into truck/moving crates.

So, does anyone have any recommendations for a work area and storage solution?

The things I typically find all over my saw are small parts for projects, print-outs, small wood blanks etc…
As far as a work area, I would like something that I could spread things out a bit, and put together small/medium size projects without having to work on the floor.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 09-17-2009 04:03 AM

How about milk crates with a wood top.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 09-17-2009 04:24 AM

I built myself a set of nesting sawhorses that make a great portable work surface support:

As you can see, they’re just 1” X 4”s and 2” X 4”s joined with half-laps.
They’re very light and I hang ‘em from my shop rafters when not in use.
Any flat surface sitting on it makes a good work area.

-- Gary, Florida

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#3 posted 09-17-2009 05:55 AM

what about buying a workbench? Harbor Freight sells one cheap with 4 drawers and a shelf. Granted, the quality is not the best, but for the price, you can’t beat it. You should definitely look into it. I’ve owned one for a couple of years now and don’t know how I got along without it.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#4 posted 09-17-2009 07:44 AM

How about a pair of saw horses that you could take apart and maybe use a 1/2 or 3/4 piece of plywood to work on. At least you’d be off the ground. I’d say probably 1/2 sheet should do it. Make it 3/4”ply.
Or a couple of tall boxes? Anythings better than nothin’.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#5 posted 09-17-2009 06:30 PM

Sounds like you really need storage AND working space.

‘steal’ plans for any workstation, a router table and/or chop saw stand are good places to start and modify to your needs.

Make 2 the same height then you can make a ‘tension box’ top (a recycled door works well too) for a larger work surface.

Because you need to be mobile you probably want to include some way to secure the doors and drawers against opening as you move them. You can make a removable front, put a board through handles or whatever. Use large(4” or better) double locking casters, then the unit can be secured and rolled up/down a moving ramp when you relocate.

My shop is not a woodworking only shop, to protect the top of my router table I bought an oil drip pan (1/2” deep x 24” x 36”)from auto zone. Take the fence off and hang it on the wall, then put the drip pan upside down on the table… now you have a metal top work surface for ‘other’ projects that would damage the router table.

-- Dane, Fairview Pk, OH. The large print giveth and the small print taketh away... Tom Waits

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#6 posted 09-17-2009 09:05 PM

One of the things I am looking at doing is to make more items (tools, certain benches) in my shop mobile.

-- Sam

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#7 posted 09-17-2009 10:33 PM

Thanks for all the ideas… I really like yours notottoman, I really like the idea of those metal frames.

-- San Diego, CA

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#8 posted 09-18-2009 12:15 AM

First things first: Thank you for your service to America.
I looked at your workshop pics. You have the room . I know you don’t want to make improvements to a place you will leave. You have a lot of wall space that can be put to use. Get stuff off the floor, maybe make a work table on hinges that will fold up, and won’t use floor space. Maybe use old pallets and skids to do this, low cost and all that. Shelves too. Get organized and you will discover a lot of room there. It makes everything else you do there easier.You can do this. Good luck!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#9 posted 09-19-2009 10:06 PM

It is funny how things happen sometimes…

I’m starting to think that WOOD magazine has a bug in my house LOL. I was walking through the Exchange today with my 2 year old and noticed the 101+ Workshop Projects magazine with 47 Organizers for tools, lumber and supplies on the rack. I pulled an excellent idea out of this, and with some adaptation it will serve well as an assembly/outfeed table. It will also be able to fold up to store/ship easier.

The design is to build 3 24” x 48” torsion boxes that will key into the support frame with dowels, and the frame itself is composed of collapsing sides by means of 6 total piano hinges. This is modified from the original design as I don’t have the room for the full 8 ft. one built in the magazine, but I think this will give me tons of needed space for assembly.

-- San Diego, CA

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