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Forum topic by Josh posted 02-16-2010 07:20 PM 1299 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2010 07:20 PM

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I’m working on building a mobile workstation, similar to ones that people have made here where you put your table saw and mount your router. Anyway, I have a left ‘cabinet’ and then a middle ‘cabinet’ where the table saw will sit and a right ‘cabinet’ where I’ll mount my router. My left cabinet is only 5 1/2 inches wide but 24 inches deep (28 inches high). I’ve never had a work station before and I don’t have all that many tools right now but I want my design to be effective and practical as I get further along in woodworking.

So the question is, a) should I just make three or four drawers in the 5 1/2 inch side that are 24 inches deep or b) make a set of drawers that are 5 1/2 inches wide and say 13 inches deep and then make a second set on the back side of the station to that are 5 1/2 and 9 inches deep and use those as storage for things I wouldn’t use that often.

Like I said, I’m new so I don’t know what tools fall into the category ‘things I don’t use often’ but I’m sure there is something. I guess the other problem I’m having with making this decision is I don’t want to buy drawer slides that are 22 inches if the things I’m going to be putting into the drawer are things that I’m not going to use that ofte. Other than chisels, the only thing I can think of is making a drawer to hold router bits.

So, what advice do ya’ll have?

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 04:37 AM

Interesting question. My best approach would be to ask you some questions in return….
Q: What tool storage do you have right now?
Q: Would some of them be better suited in your new bench?
Q: Rather than using drawer slides, how about if you allow a deep drawer to be pulled out from either side? Then you could put a divider in the middle of it if the need arose.
Q: Have you considered building a tall narrow “drawer” with hooks or bolts to hold your spare sawblades? It would be open on one side rather than the top. There are drawer slides made specifically to be bottom mounted rather than side mounted (think like old fashioned pull-out turntables).

I’ll post again if I think of some more stuff.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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