The Knock-Down Shop
A precision shop is set up in less than five minutes using collapsible tables and a salvaged panel door.
Synopsis: Using lightweight portable power tools and an assortment of work supports, it’s possible to create a portable job-site workshop that can be assembled and disassembled in minutes. Here, the author describes the versatile and flexible system that he uses to produce cabinet-shop quality work.
Job-site shops are not a new idea. In the past, carpenters often would lug heavy shop tools such as radial-arm saws to the job site as soon as they could be protected from the weather. These temporary shops were — and often still are — left in place for extended periods of time. In the mid-1970s, however, the electric miter saw was introduced and combined portability with the speed and power of a radial-arm saw. The power miter added a level of precision and mobility to a carpenter’s tool arsenal that was unknown before that time.
The trend toward job-site precision and portability continued…