Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #105: Scrappy Solution

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Blog entry by retired_guru posted 07-21-2019 07:10 PM 702 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found a simple solution in the ongoing reorganization of the Dungeon Workshop. The challenge in finding the home for benchtop tools is when the unit has multiple angles of usage. A combination disc and belt sander is a good example. So is the WorkSharp WS3000. Besides the front approach, rotating the tool 90 degrees to the left and to the right gives better or needed access to wide blade honing and see-through free-hand honing, respectively. The research I’ve been doing on a rotating top tool station (ShopNotes 35) inspired me to do something similar, on a much smaller scale, and I found the perfect board for a turntable.

In my recently completed dual unit dust collectors project, two holes were cutout of the 3/4” plywood tops for the 5 gallon buckets to hang in. The scraps were just large enough for the turntable I needed. Cleaning up the top and bottom edges of the pilot hole drilled to allow jigsaw access make for a handy, albeit unnecessary, finger hole to aid in turning the platform. A shanked woodscrew becomes the pivot and a penny nail is used to secure rotation stops, in either of two holes that go through the turntable and into the benchtop. A small nylon cable clip gives a grip when removing the nail.

Another K.I.S.S. solution, and one less scrap I need to toss out.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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