Tool Bases and Storage
When you mount some of your benchtop tools on plywood bases, it's easy to clamp them to the benchtop. Unfortunately, the clamps can block access to the top drawers in your bench. Here's how I solved the problem.
When designing a mobile base for my tablesaw and its extension table, I was concerned about how a four-wheeled base might twist and rack as the large, heavy saw moved across my uneven garage floor.
I needed a space-efficient storage solution for all my clamps. I found many plans for roll-around carts but couldn’t justify the loss of usable floor space.
Is there a formula to determine which caster to use on concrete floors and on carpets?
I can’t afford to dedicate permanent space to tools that I use infrequently, such as a grinder, mortiser, or belt/disc sander. So, I came up with a quick-change system that addresses those concerns.
In my small shop, keeping tools handy—and my workbench clear—is a constant challenge. One solution I developed is this drop-down storage platform for some of my busier benchtop tools.
Europeans have some pretty good ideas for moving equipment, too.
If your workshop isn't quite large enough, you can alleviate a lot of annoyances by making shop equipment mobile.