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« on: November 04, 2014, 04:33:29 PM »
I've been working in and out of my garage all summer pounding away on these timbers and it dawns on me to increase my efficiency. I spend way too much time walking back and forth to get tools from a wagon or at the other end of the timber.  I remember a while back I saw a cool cart on guys website that was set up for timber frame tools. Does anyone use a cart to carry tools around the timber? Better yet how do you guys work efficiently, in order to prevent walking back and forth finding tools?

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Re: tool carts for the shop
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2014, 10:11:04 PM »
You need to have your tools "within arm's reach". That way you're not walking back and forth to get them.
I have all my tools in a "tool box" and I have created a small table to set the tool box on. If I move from one end of the timber to another location on the timber, I move the table and tool box down with me.
In production mode, you want to do as many things as you can before you "change" something. For example if you have your skil saw set for a 2" shoulder cut then make as many as you can before you reset it to another depth. I have one skil saw set for 2" shoulder cuts and another set for full depth cuts. And sometimes I have my battery powered trim saw set for 1/2" housings cuts.

Another thing I do is bore all my holes with the depth gauge set on my boring machine to that depth before I reset my depth gauge.

Again try and do as many things as you can before you "change settings".....

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Re: tool carts for the shop
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2014, 10:33:47 PM »
Jim,
I just had to comment...  I read your reply before I looked at your picture.  I envisioned a three-legged table so that it would always be steady on uneven ground.  Do you ever have trouble with your pictured table?

Although, it looks like your tool box might just fit in your table when inverted to save space on your truck - does it?
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Re: tool carts for the shop
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2014, 09:56:34 AM »
For the table I just used what I had on hand. A piece of 1x12 cut into three pieces. One for the top and two for the legs. Then I added the side pieces as 1x8, I think.
I never turned it upside down so I don't know.

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Re: tool carts for the shop
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2014, 11:50:57 AM »
Thanks Jim
 That's a great idea. That project just it to the top of the list.

I recognize those holes in that 1x8.  When the timbers were delivered I went around with a small wire grabbing the grubs and giving them to the chickens.

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Re: tool carts for the shop
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2014, 02:51:08 PM »
In my current collection of Wood-Mizer sawn lumber I have two stacks of eastern white pine  boards.  One is of sound boards, from a log sawn when it was fresh and green, the other from a log that had been lying on the ground for several months before I got around to sawing it.  The second stack of boards had grub holes like your picture shows.  Lesson learned:  Saw boards from recently felled pine trees, and saw the log into boards soon after the tree is felled.  I think I'm talking about two forms of promptness, am I not?
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2014, 02:21:02 PM »
 

 

Here's a tool cart i made a few years ago. It holds everything I need including a brace and slick. Chisel slots are handy for keeping the edges away from damage or fingers.
It rolls around the shop nicely.

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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2014, 02:33:05 PM »
 

 
A better shot

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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2014, 02:50:17 PM »
I envision reaching for that rasp and coming up with a bloody arm in need of fifty stitches. :o
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2014, 02:55:07 PM »
This isn't the best shot, but I used this rolling bench when I was working on the Dutch barns. I could lay everything out on the bench and see right where it was, or wasn't. ;) The only problem with it was it had six caster wheels, so it went wherever it wanted when you tried to push it. The two middle casters had been damaged, so in the end I just moved it with the pallet jack and set it on 6"x6" dunnage, which also helped keep it from moving around when planing against a stop.



 
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2014, 03:21:01 PM »
Ha Ha ya Dave that's a possibility for sure. Always reach in by the front!

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« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2014, 05:57:42 AM »
Check out The Toolbox Book
by www.jimtolpin.com/books
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lets all support them and their familys.

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Re: tool carts for the shop
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2015, 07:58:10 AM »
I keep a regular old wooden toolbox, but have since hijacked my wife's garden cart.  Has nice pneumatic tires (since I don't have what one might call a "flat" floor). I just pull it around the barn to wherever I'm working.  I can set my toolbox, 2 circular saws, Ryobi beam saw, and a myriad of other tools in it.
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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2015, 01:43:28 PM »
Hi Folks,
Pics of my tool cart.
Its fir and spruce with a drawer with hd sliders.
Thanks for looking Jim/Bruno of NH

  

  

  

 
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