Space saving tip

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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 03-13-2013 03:34 AM 4112 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Someone asked recently about space saving ideas for benchtops tools. I thought I would post my take on making the best use of limited space for my benchtop tools. The picture is of a sander I have but the same setup allows me to use a 12” planer, a 10” bandsaw and a Tormec sharpener. Since I rarely use all these at one time this simple design allows me to use all 3 when needed without dedicated space on a bench that I need for workspace. Space it seems is NOT something any of us ever have enough of to work with. Or maybe it is just me? (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 08:39 AM


-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#2 posted 03-13-2013 01:07 PM

Still the master of the small shop.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#3 posted 03-13-2013 01:57 PM

Very nice. From the pictures, it looks like the base slides back into the cabinet when not in use? If so, what kind of slides did you use that support that amount of weight and abuse without flexing?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 03-13-2013 02:08 PM

Binghamton, Good question and something I should have noted. I used two sets of 150 lb drawer slides and put a screw in every hole they offered for support. Since you mentioned it I was curious myself so I went and checked and after 10 years they are still flat. Of course in looking at it I realized maybe I can squeeze some drawer space out of this after all…..(laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 03-13-2013 03:10 PM

Very creative idea. Thanks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 03-14-2013 08:44 PM

Is that on some type of drawer slides?

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#7 posted 03-14-2013 10:46 PM

Yes, two sets of 150 lb drawer slides with a screw in every available home. After 10+ years it is still level, I know it was hard for me to believe as well. I did spend some extra money on the slides it seems to have paid off.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 03-15-2013 03:54 AM

Great use of space. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#9 posted 03-15-2013 02:04 PM

Clever idea! The solution for limited space in shops. Thanks for sharing the great tip.

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