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March suddenly seems very very close and I’m concerned that the progress with my workshop clearout and decluttering may not reach the stage at which I am hoping for by then… To give you all a bit of an update though, I thought I’d share a few previously-unmentioned items that I, as of last week, decided I am going to add to the ever-growing ‘For Sale’ list.

If you’d like a price on something, please find a way to contact me, whether that’s by leaving a comment here, by e-mailing me directly or through social media.

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Sawhorse Survivor

Until I recently started finally building a garden gate for my mother [more on that to follow!], which involves working with timbers 7ft or 2.1m long, the folding sawhorses I made last year had spent the past five-months living outside my current home. You see, when I moved in, there was still some work to be done (boxing in, etc.) and I needed something to work on. Even after I finished, I got so used to not tripping over them in my workshop that I decided to leave them outside until I’d made some space inside the workshop… As you can probably guess, that never quite happened!

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1 + 1 = …1?

This is something that’s been playing on my mind, recently. I’ve come to the conclusion that storing my router table underneath the mitre saw isn’t the most practical solution for my workshop. Although I built it as a benchtop model, it is quite heavy and, I keep looking that Black & Decker Workmate and asking myself; “Is there a way in which I can better utilise this space?“.

I seem to be using my table saw far more often than I had anticipated when I bought it (well, it is nice not to have to change bandsaw blades so frequently!) and, as I’d like to be able to increase the width support (ripping capacity) on this saw, it only seems logical that I should try to bring a router table in to the equation as well. Then, I could store power tools (with or without their cases) below both machines and relegate that hazardous Workmate to the rear wall.

I’d have to start by buying the base attachment rails I was talking about many months ago. They’re not cheap but, at 1180mm long, that’s going to leave a lot of room for some kind of addition on that right-hand end. Currently, the saw’s table is a bit less than 600mm wide. Even with an allowance for the potential sliding cross-cutting table on the left-hand side (6in or so?), I should really look to do something with all that extra space – I still don’t fancy spend £120 on what looks to be a fairly straight-forward width extension. For that, I could buy a new mounting plate, NVR switch, a whole sheet of Formica and still, walk away with change in my pocket!!

So, it seems like a good idea for the future; whenever I can find the time. Plenty of other people have done it if you look across any of the woodworking forums so, it can’t be a bad idea, can it? 🙂

Thanks for reading.

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