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    What can I tell you about tools you don't already know? Nothing. But I might be able to give you some suggestions on how to make the tools disappear when not in use, or how to make a substitute for what tools are missing. An example of this is the sanding block to your left. I use a belt sander for most of my work. But sometimes the belt isn't long enough for the project I'm working on, such as the matching face of the flute boxes described in another section. For this I use a long hand plane or sanding block. The sanding block pictured here is not one I made, but it gives an idea how to build one of its kind, only perhaps longer. To hold the sand paper, someone installed paper clips on each end of the block, a clever idea. For sand paper you might ask someone who has a belt sander if you can have their belt when it's too worn out for their purpose. I keep mine until they break since a worn down belt is just a finer grade belt.



    What to do for added work space? I have lots of banister but never enough work area. Here I took a sheet of plywood and clamped it to the banister. It's easily removable, and movable. It has become my favorite place to work seeing as how it's out of the rain but yet in the sunlight and open air.


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     Lathes take up a lot of space. And since a rarely use mine (in fact I never have used mine in the 12 years I've had it) I don't want it taking up valuable space. So I made it so it'll fold out of the way and yet be handy when and if needed. For more instructions on how I did this, they can be found buried somewhere on this page.

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    I don't like the sawdust from my table saw and my route to fill up my work area. It goes everywhere. When I work in the back of my porch I find dust all the way in the front of the porch and beyond. When the weather is good I take my saw and router outside. This also holds down the noise factor since the vibration of the motor  jars the floor of my porch and which intensifies the noise (especially for my neighbor).




     This is my power tool work station. Almost all my power tools are here, only not accessible at all times. The band saw, the belt sander and the drill press are easily accessible, but the table saw, the grinder and the router are stored under this table. It's this table I want to show you.

   The banister runs behind the table, and I used it for the back support for the tables. I say tables because the band saw and the other tools needed to be different heights for best access. The back of the high table is on a 2x4 setting free on the banister to create added strength to the table. My problem was in what to do with the front of these tables since the weight of the tools cause them to collapses at the corner that's not attached to anything. When I pull the table saw out from under the table I just push the drill press and band saw to the back of the table where the weigh then rests on the 2x4 mentioned above. Then I take the piece of board I have resting on the table saw that acts as added support for the front of the table out, and pull out the saw that I have on 2x4 runners (with the leading edges angled so they don't catch on anything).



      If you look closely at the picture to your left you'll see what I did to support that free corner. There are two triangles mounted on the stick, one under the corner of the high table, and one under the low table. I just have to pull this stick out when I use the table saw. This stick isn't actually bearing the weight of the table, the furring strip I place between the table saw and the table is carrying the bunt of the weight.  


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