the tool tower fails

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 12-06-2016 04:13 PM 799 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you go to my home page and projects, I have a tool tower with pegboard sides and next to the router table.
I think the original idea was taken from wood or some other shop organization ideas. They had a 2 ft by 2ft base with frame up to 8 feet and slide in trays for power tools. Pegboard sides gave more outside storage and casters made it mobile. I think they had a mobile base for storage and tool stand. So I modified a metal stand adding the top, it already had the casters and a bottom shelf and top at 32 inches. That is where I had the planer. The upper level I had plans for scroll saw and grinder, 2 lesser used tools. The bottom shelf held a Kreg jig box and board for the Kreg jig and drill. Failure. I guess having more room into the shop and not on the walls was a draw back it took away the openness that I had with tools on the stands and now a 7 ft. box blocking more and more junk collecting on the side. Hey pegboard works, and I have used it for years. I did the whole former modular shed in pegboard mostly to get the walls up low cost and already painted white. I think some solid might help but that may be another shop. Another fail…at 64 I don’t like lifting up to get any heavy tool, so the scroll saw at 22 pounds even on a mounting board was solid but almost overhead. Planer. I had to now roll the cart to where I could slide it out and set up for use. Before it was roll it hook on the hose and check the tables and good to go. So its back to scroll saw and bench drill press together on a workmate. Planer on the stand, very mobile. Router table ready to go. And a stand for 2 Shopsmith tools on small bases, either belt sander or band saw. Or jointer.

A success from Craigs list was a dust separator lid that slips on a trash can. I have a 1 hp Delta and pipe it into 3 inch pvc lines. I got the lid for $25 and knew the design looked too simple. the write ups said they liked it. Yes nice suction still in the lines. Dust into the can and almost none in the bottom bag. Almost too easy to believe. And worth the floor space of a rubber 30 gal. can and press fit the lid. Very easy to check.

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