Introduction: The Smallest Workshop in the World
The sketch-up general view image shows the whole idea in detail. Also I will provide detail photos of the whole project built.
The problem is that you can spread things around in that parking space but everything has to be stored and locked safely when you are done as well as to clean to area.
Fortunately my neighbors had no problem with me doing so, but I am also been careful running the power tools only at selected hours.
Step 1: My Multi Power-Tool Bench
It also has a vice, 5 small drawers (one for each tool’s small accessories), under storage space, and 8 electrical sockets with wiring. The bench sits on 5 casters with stoppers so that it can easily roll into and out of the storage room.
Step 2: 1. Drill Press
Step 3: 2. Disk Sander
Step 4: 3. Jig Saw
Very practical for cutting patterns near the line and finish them with your sander. Also the use of a good quality wood blade like BOSCH you can cut very straight and give precise perfect finish results.
Step 5: 4. Circular Table Saw With Fence & Miter Gauge
Step 6: 5. Router With Fence and Lift
Step 7: Bench Vise
Step 8: Cross Cut Sled
My cross cut sled is 2X2 feet of 1/2 plywood, 2X4” fence and an acrylic piece for safety. A mixed design from various ideas runs on metal miter track bars and its true 90º, can do without it.
Step 9: Miter Sled
Step 10: Bench Extensions
I have made 2 extensions for my multi power-tool bench. One piece serves as an extension to the circular saw and router area and the other one as an extension to the front side of the router.
Step 11: Assembly Table
Step 12: 5X5 Feet Storage Room
I keep all my power tools in there plastic cases to keep them safe from humidity (we have lots of it here). I had to screw a double layer nylon to the inside face of the storage room aluminum door to keep the humidity out and keep things from rusting. Over the door I install a strong light that tilts inside out.
Step 13: Tool Storage Cabinet
At the bottom of the cabinet there are 7 removable screw bins (2 divited in half) which holds most of the common screws I need. Bins are made out of 3/4" plywood and 1/4" MDF.
Step 14: Bench Lathe Idea (later Addition)
On popular demand I revised my first idea for using a a hand drill as a motor and now there's a bench grinder to that place.
A bench Grinder with a pulley is mounted on the base and will act as the motor (thinking of doing the same electrical modifications I did with the drill sander for speed control), a double ended mandrel with bearings and a drill press chuck, and a reverse t-shape hardwood with a threaded rod pointed at one end, some t-nuts and a wooden handle will act as a vise tail to hold firmly the stock and it will run on the two t-tracks of the body. For tool-rest a piece of T-shape iron rod in a piece of wood with a groove and some wing nuts that wil hold it on the t-tracks could do the job.
I am sure there will be better ways to build it, but unless I get down to do a biger research and learn more about lathes I won't know.
Also now by using the bench grinder as a motor for the lathe I still have the other grinding wheel to use, so the bench now has a Bench Grinder also on it.
Now the bench has everything or is there anything else :-)
Stelios L.A. Stavrinides
Finally I did get to design a Bench Lathe 3 in 1 and you can find it in my instructable here:
Step 15: Acknowledgment
Fine Wood Working - Tools & Shops, annual issue magazine
The Smallest Workshop in the world is feature in a 4 pages article in the Fine Wood Working - Tools & Shops - annual issue - winter 2010/11 No.216 magazine on page 78 under the title:
Shop Design - Think your shop is small? Think Again!
That’s an achievement for me that I have never expected.
Also my workshop set-up project was feature in the...
Extraordinary Projects for Ordinary People
book from instructables.com
( http://www.amazon.com/Extraordinary-Projects-Ordinary-People-Do-It-Yourself/dp/1620870576 )
book from the editors of Fine Woodworking magazine
( http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106786/update-best-workshops-from-the-editors-of-fine-woodworking )
If you like to follow the progress of My Workshop, you can do that in this "HERE": http://lumberjocks.com/steliart/blog/29484 in My Workshop blog.
Stelios L.A. Stavrinides:
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