Last night I picked up a gate latch from Home Depot, and it worked perfectly in holding the flip-top table for the miter saw tight against the side of the conveyor roller table.
Then I built material supports for the miter saw.
And they worked out well.
Overall, I am pleased with the way this storage method turned out.
With the miter saw out of the way, I worked on the bench top jointer next.
Everything is neat and tucked away.
I was able to move out the saw stand and one of the miter saw material support tables, and the other will go as soon as I can clear it off.
I put the FSL Muse Laser Cutter and Engraver to work after the installing the new exhaust vent. Jill want to create something for a party contest, something pumpkin-themed. I obliged.
I created a serving tray for Jill’s pumpkin muffins.
I continued to work on consolidating equipment. I followed up on something I saw on YouTube regarding flip-top power tool storage. After proof of concept, I was ready to implement.
If I were able to integrate my miter saw into one of my conveyor roller tables, then I would be able to eliminate the need for the two feed tables and saw stand.
I just have to install a gate latch to keep the flip-top tight to the side of the conveyor roller table when the saw is stowed.
I will eventually store the following in the same manner:
- Bench jointer
- Mini lathe
- Metal miter saw
- Bench grinder
- Bench vise
I installed an exhaust vent for the FSL Muse Laser Cutter and Engraver. I found an removable pipe coupler on Amazon, perfect for being able to quickly detach the exhaust hose from the vent.
Another piece of equipment on wheels
While browsing my email, I saw that Woot was offering a mobile tool base, so I bought one for the drill press. It arrived today and was immediately installed.
I also installed some utility hooks along the length of MakerCave near the ceiling for quick and easy cable management (extension and network cords).
I hired one of McKenzie’s classmates, David, to help me move MakerCave. I remember helping my godfather in eighth grade help build an second floor addition to his home and how much I learned during that time. I wanted to provide the same opportunity to someone as my godfather had done for me.
One of the things I wanted in the new MakerCave was to get as much on wheels as possible. This included the vinyl cutter work space. I asked David to install work table casters on the work table.
I also wanted to consolidate the two work tables into one and was able to achieve that with folding shelves. The cutter was mounted onto a folding shelf on the end of the layout table. I also move the vinyl roll holder to the bottom of the folding shelf to conserve space.
It folded out of the way nicely.
Then I mounted my 58″ paper cutter to the side of the table.
It also folded out of the way as nicely as the cutter.
Overall, I am happy with how it turned out, freely up some much needed floor space. It will allow me to move the vinyl cutting work space out of the way as I work on other things.