Wheel on the right looks closer
to the real deal
My space is pretty small, so I knew I was going to have to put my larger, non-bench, tools on wheels. I had seen this amazing post over at Lumberjocks that inspired me. Basically, it is casters mounted to boards on hinges on a wooden base for shop tools. The casters lower with a board that you step on and lock into place. It is a great idea and I really wanted to make it.
Being, ahem, frugal, I wanted to keep it is as straight forward as possible so the whole build was 2x4 and 2x3s with 3" screws. The "top" that the jack fits into is a little wider than a 2x4 to make sure it doesn't bind when the 2x4 pushes it down. It is attached to the center support 2x4 with 3" screws that alternate so that they don't interfere with each other and the whole assembly is very secure. I did cut notches in the middle support using the jigsaw but other than that everything was just 90 degree cuts
On a side note - When working in the shop, a extra set of paws often comes in handy. Lucky for me the other boy in the house was available to assist with some of the measurements.Many paws make light work.
Relax (he says to himself and no one else in particular)... it is still about toy making. It just that each post won't always be about specific toys. Sometimes it is going to be a bit bigger picture. The point of the site is so that I can share some of what I've learned while making toys so other like minded/motivated types can pick up some things from my successes and or failures. So that's my justification; it's still about toy making (he says justifying it for himself and no one else in particular.)
My tools have been in storage and there hasn't been a lot of "making" for Toy Making Dad over the last year and a half. It has been a bit of a bummer.
We recently added an addition to our house (Seems redundant. What else do you do with an addition other then add it?) Part of the addition is a utility room. The intention all along was for me to have space in there for my stuff. The idea of having that space at the end of the road helped me through the whole addition process.
We are in the home stretch of the addition and the utility room is pretty much finished and ready to use. As soon as stuff started moving in, I quickly realized a few things; chief among them - the space is actually pretty small. My grand designs of foot powered lathes and a mighty hand built Roubo workbench dashed by the reality of a finite universe. In the words of Charlie Brown - "Rats."
But you know what? It's my space and I should quit talking and start making. I made stuff with no shop. No way I'm gonna complain about a small one.
Here is the general layout of the room:
So, here is the part that is mine:
I have about of 7'x5' space with about 5' along the other wall. Okay, not exactly the New Yankee Workshop, but it's bright, dry, warm in the winter, cool in the summer and has a bazillion electrical outlets way off the ground. Dig it.
So, I'm now the official owner of a small shop space. Time to start making the most of it.
First up... a tool bench.