Outfeed and assembly table with tool stations - small shop challenge #1: Concept and design work in sketchup

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Blog entry by Mike_D_S posted 07-01-2016 06:53 PM 2299 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My shop is essentially about 2/3 of a two car garage and as my project scope grows I’m find myself continually thinking about storage solutions and ways to work better. I started my latest round of shop re-organization by selling my Jessem free standing router table and moving my router to a table saw extension wing I put together.

The whole point of changing to the TS wing router table was to be able to add a larger and more useful outfeed and assembly table along the lines of the Shop Notes Must Have Assembly table in issue 124. What really got me on this path was the nice table built by LJer toddbeaulieu. I actually had the shop notes issue, but had forgot about the table. So seeing Todd’s version got me thinking this could be a solution to my needs.

While having an outfeed and assembly table is important to me, everything in my shop has to be viewed in light of storage options and I decided that I wanted to try and get more than just tool storage. So I put my thinking cap on and came up with a modification to the shop notes design. The top will be done essentially like the shop notes table as I want the dogholes and clamping slots, but I reworked the storage on the bottom to better fit the tools I want to store. Additionally, I added some folding tool workstations into the design.

I’ve been struggling to find a good place to store and use both my midi lathe and my grinder. I didn’t want to build dedicated carts, but I’m tired of just clamping them to a workmate. The top of the TS is a good place to use them, but then the working height is too high and it’s just uncomfortable to work that high with the lather tools. So this design addresses that by having dedicated folding work stations for the midi lathe and the grinder. When the lathe and grinder are stored, the work stations will fold down more or less flush with the table front and side.

When deployed, the work stations will be supported by notches which rest on the bottom shelf and I’m planning on adding some positive locks to prevent accidental collapse.

So here are a couple of views from the sketchup model to show the concept. The power tool and Makita boxx models I found on the sketchup 3d warehouse, so none of those are my work.

And one last shot of the frame showing the anti-rack bracing I’m adding on the back center leg to help with the stability of the frame.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get started on this next week.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#1 posted 07-01-2016 07:08 PM

Looks like a pretty clever solution to your problem. I’ll have to keep an eye on this to see how it turns out.

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#2 posted 07-03-2016 03:54 AM

Great space saver

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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