Tools on Wheels
Four custom rigs for moving the tools of the trade.
Synopsis: A compilation of four ideas from four carpenters for making movable tool stands, including miter-box and radial-arm stands, a rolling tool bench, and a portable tool box. Not especially fancy, but practical and well designed for the job.
As a professional woodworker, I divide my time between the workshop and the job site. Consequently, I set up my tools to serve in either place. The miter-saw stand featured here, for example, adds a level of convenience and utility not found in the tool alone. Moreover, its wheels and collapsible legs enable the tool to travel easily between jobs.
In devising stands and tables for tote-able power tools, there is an ever-present danger of “T-Birdizing” — turning a once-lean-and-mean tool into a heavy, cumbersome lead sled that loses its original appeal. I always weigh utility against extra weight, complexity and safety when designing stands for my tools. That’s why the…