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SchottFamily

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08-04-2011 10:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shop storage tool bench cart mobile plans

I was looking at plans for a small rolling shop cart the other day and thought, “I could mount my small bench machines (planer, jointer, router table, miter saw) to MDF and use the cart as a universal stand – swap out the tools as needed. I could also make a large cabinet with rails to mount each of the machines for storage when not in use.”

I know I’m not that clever. Where have I seen this and just don’t remember? I’ve been doing so much reading and note taking that it’s all running together.

-- IZZZZZI BoB IZZZZZI


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JimF

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#1 posted 08-04-2011 01:58 PM

I think Craftsman’s “Tool DocK” system is what you may be thinking of. Couldn’t find it on their current web site, so you may have to do CL or build yourself. I copied thiis except for building the storage cabinet. Maybe enough people did this that the sales weren’t enough to keep the line selling. It’s a great idea and easy to build. All of my bench tools are on bases that let me clamp them to a small table, the workbench or my workmate. I stash them out of the way until I need them.

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#2 posted 08-04-2011 03:12 PM

I have a WOOD magazine special about shop organization that shows something like what you’re describing. I think it came out 2-3 years ago.
Alan

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rance

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#3 posted 08-04-2011 04:18 PM

Plans Now has one but for the life of me I can’t find it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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SSMDad

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#4 posted 08-04-2011 04:32 PM

Didn’t read them but that’s what I do. I have one table and most of my benchies bolted to 3/4” plywood and I use put them on the top and clamp the plywood down. Works well for the lathe which is be far the tool I have that produces the most vibration. Seems to work.

That’s what they do at our local Woodcraft also with bench machines.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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rance

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#5 posted 08-04-2011 06:29 PM

I was wrong(what a surprise :D ). I believe what you are referring to was from Wood Magazine’s WoodStore.Net:

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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bhack

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#6 posted 08-04-2011 08:19 PM

There is a book “Building Woodshop Workstations” by Danny Proulx published by Popular Woodworking Books. Look it up on Google.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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SchottFamily

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#7 posted 08-04-2011 08:44 PM

The pic that Rance posted looks very familiar. I’m sure that’s it. I’m finalizing all my ideas for my shop build next weekend. These are all great sources – putting the books on hold at the library now! Thanks for the help!

-- IZZZZZI BoB IZZZZZI

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rance

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#8 posted 08-04-2011 09:37 PM

Schott, that’s not the only one out there, but it is as good as the others. I might suggest for the side cleats where the tools rest, you make them with a 30 degree bevel, acting as french cleats to keep the sides of the tower from pushing outward.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Cosmicsniper

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#9 posted 08-04-2011 09:49 PM

One of the other magazine annual dealies had one I liked…a rolling cart with flip table, where you just flipped the top over depending on which machine you need. I don’t have a need for it right now, but it’s in the back of my mind.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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SchottFamily

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#10 posted 08-05-2011 01:36 AM

The french cleats are a great idea – ESPECIALLY being in shake & bake southern California!

-- IZZZZZI BoB IZZZZZI

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rance

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#11 posted 08-05-2011 05:54 AM

And then Wood magazine sends me THIS just an hour ago…

Maybe combine the cart that Jay mentioned with interchangable tools that this rack offers. Hmmmmmm…

Bill, that looks like a decent book. And on Amazon, used, for $3.49.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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SchottFamily

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#12 posted 08-06-2011 08:43 AM

And just in time… just walked in the door exhausted from 12 hours of air travel, kiss the wife, and she says “some boxes came for you today”. I can hear her start to ask what’s in them, but the question’s cut short by the slam of the garage door.

It’s the planer, jointer, and router table combo I forgot to tell her I bought on Monday :D

-- IZZZZZI BoB IZZZZZI

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rance

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#13 posted 08-06-2011 08:56 AM

“I’m sorry honey, I didn’t hear you over the sound of the Garage calling me.”.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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