Building Woodshop Workstations
|by Danny Proulx
Popular Woodworking Books: 2002
Known for his expertise in modern cabinetry methods, Proulx has assembled a collection of one dozen shop cabinet projects for woodworkers. Many are mobile, on locking casters that make rearranging shop space a real advantage in these attractive storage solutions. He uses melamine particle board, veneered plywood and MDF to produce them, and includes tips on altering each one to meet your individual needs.
Included are base and wall mounted cabinets with metal drawer slides, adjustable legs and hidden hinges, and a solid workbench with the Veritas twin-screw vise and storage drawers beneath a laminated benchtop Proulx assembled using a double line of biscuits. He shows a power miter station with reinforced four-foot wings, a large garbage can for dust and cut-off disposal, and an unusual stop-block system.
There are also power tool work stations adaptable to many portable machines, and a storage tower that occupies less than three square feet of floor space, yet holds things like a one-inch belt sander, a scrollsaw, a grinding wheel setup, or portable planer, each on removable table platforms that slide from their position in the vertical tower and lock down on a rolling power tool cabinet. Further storage resides below, for nearby use of wrenches, instruction manuals, or accessories. It's a slick system, and a space saver for rarely used benchtop units.
The author presents a mobile tablesaw center with storage cabinets, outfeed support, and an outrigger shelf to carry a shop vacuum beside it to hook up for dust collection. There is a router table cabinet with bit storage trays, a fence in T-tracks and a vac-hose dust hood. A benchtop drill press center is built like a file cabinet, with deep storage for all its accouterments, and includes a wide, adjustable table that can be tilted for angular drilling.
One impressive project is a tool sharpening and maintenance station. With two deep drawers and cabinet doors below, a mounted power strip on the side and a generous table top for sharpening, this roll-about, lighted unit puts all one's sharpening gear in one place. The real attraction, though, is a 16" deep, hinged dust hood that folds down on a 28" piano hinge to completely cover and protect your water stone bath or wet grinding system. Proulx says, "The cabinet won't win any beauty awards, but it's number one in the functional category."
A rolling workbench/tool cabinet, tablesaw outfeed and storage cabinet, and shop made, 12" disc sanding station, round out this collection. The disc sander is made from a scavanged 1/3 horsepower motor and uses self-adhesive sanding discs on a plywood disc board. The platform table in front of the disc pivots for angled sanding jobs, and has a dust collection outlet at the back. For any woodworker interested in efficient shop storage projects, this book is a must-have. Danny Proulx has gathered innovative solutions to common needs, and each setup is fully illustrated with clear color photographs, exploded drawings and material cut lists. The volume is well indexed and has an up to date list of suppliers for tools, hardware and materials. Highly recommended.