|Forum topic by nwbusa||posted 04-18-2012 12:34 AM||4312 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
04-18-2012 12:34 AM
So… I had this dilemma, and the dilemma was that like many of you, I have too much stuff and not enough space. Case in point is my DeWalt miter saw. It’s a great tool, but it seldom gets used because it’s buried behind piles of other stuff in my garage/shop. It sits on its stand, basically just taking up space. I had thought about moving it out of the shop, but there are times when I like to use it. Then I started thinking.
I have a couple of other tools that are standless—my Ridgid planer and belt sander/OSS unit. They get pulled off the shelf when needed, and if I have bench space available then I use them there, but most often they get plopped down on the floor, which is not the ideal place to be using them. What if I devised a way to mount these tools to the MS stand? So I went up to my local hardware store and sure enough, they had a couple of pairs of miter saw mounting brackets in stock, so I bought them.
I quickly made a platform for the planer out of the MDF I had lying around, and voila! The finished product:
Now, I am sure I’m not the first person to come up with this idea, but I haven’t seen it before. The nice thing about this setup is that I can quickly swap out tools onto the stand, as needed. Also, the extension wings on the stand can provide extra infeed/outfeed support for the planer. Eventually, I plan to order a couple of these to install on the stand as well:
With the added versatility of the stand, I feel better about keeping it setup in the shop. Now, I’m off to build the platform for the sander!
-- John, BC, Canada