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  1. #1
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    Default Another “small shop” problem solved.

    My shop is tiny, a one car garage in an old house. My power tools are all on wheels and I’ve learned to make it work relatively efficiently. But the space between the two rows of parked tools is only about 5’. So doing first cuts on a 4’ x 8’ sheet had to be done outside in rain or snow or whatever. Less than ideal. So I rigged up four 8’ 2x4s that slide along a pipe rail at the ceiling. They have stop blocks at the bottom so I can lean a 4x8 sheet on them and clamp my track saw on it and cut vertically. Because the 2x4s slide on the rail, I can position them as needed for the cut.

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    The 2x4s are hinged in the middle so that they fold in half and are Velcro strapped. This way they can hang out of the way at one end leaving room for the overhead door at the ceiling.
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    Default Re: Another “small shop” problem solved.

    Nice solution, a DIY panel saw. But I have to say... that shop is way too clean.

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    Default Re: Another “small shop” problem solved.

    Ron, that is set up quite similar to the one used at the 'big box' store I work at ...... Well done, Sir !!!!




    Rick

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    Default Re: Another “small shop” problem solved.

    Clever.

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    Default Re: Another “small shop” problem solved.

    Take that cramped spaces!!!!

    Well done.

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    Default Re: Another “small shop” problem solved.

    5’ , you can probably still get the car in.......................on its side.

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    Default Re: Another “small shop” problem solved.

    I first looked at the pictures without reading and thought "hey cool self storing lofting platform" but a panel saw is cool too.
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    Default Re: Another “small shop” problem solved.

    Nice innovation. We have an industrial panel saw in the corner, for busting up plywood panels, and I'm looking at hanging a storable CNC router from from it. Not quite as minimalist as your setup, but the same sort of thinking.
    David G
    Harbor Woodworks
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    "It was a Sunday morning and Goddard gave thanks that there were still places where one could worship in temples not made by human hands." -- L. F. Herreshoff (The Compleat Cruiser)

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    Default Re: Another “small shop” problem solved.

    Brilliant!
    Jay

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