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Bob P. from Batesville USA recently sent me some photos of his very clever space-saving WoodRat mobile stand. The shots include views of his very spacious garage/workshop which make me very envious indeed especially the two motorcycles which appeal to me as I have a Honda VFR800. With security in mind I have not been too specific of Bob's full name and address but I would forward any emails onto him.

border="0" "Attached are some pictures of my mounting system for the 'Rat. As you can see, I don't have a shop per se... just a garage. All the major machines (table saw, planer, jointer, band saw) are on wheeled stands. The planer shares space with the 'Rat on a wheeled stand arrangement. As you can see, the planer shares space with the Rat on a wheeled stand arrangement. The planer and 'Rat are mounted on top and other items can be stored below. When in use, the Rat is moved forward on the upper rails, but then slid back to the stowed position  when not in use or when the planner is being used. The rest of the pictures are self explanatory. The Rat plate is 51 inches from the ground which is ideal for me at 6'1" tall."

WoodRat slid forward and ready for use.

Bob, It looks to me as though you are use the "MK2" channel with the Craftsman Gallery modified alloy, anti-rattle fences and digital scales.

I presume the the fixing bolts lock into the plywood storage tray on the rear of the 'Rat?

 

 

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Ah.... yes of course I can see how you do it now. Very neat and tidy method of dust extraction. Probably much more efficient with the air flow coming straight out the back rather than having to pass at 90 degrees when wall mounted. With the planer and chop saw stored on your cabinet I guess the whole arrangement is very stable.

That is a very sturdy mobile mount that the cabinet sits on. Could you let us know what make it is?

I make no apologies for including your Honda ST1100 Pan-European in the background.

Please excuse me whilst I wipe up my drool!

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Waz that?!  Looks like a Ducati 900ss Final Edition under the cover in the back ground. No wonder your workshop is spotlessly clean........... you really don't want to get those bikes dirty do you?

All that cupboard and storage space too. Bob, I think you have a workshop made in heaven!

Perhaps a little door on the unit storage base would keep all the dust out.

 

Update

"The mobile base is actually a Delta mobile base designed for their 10" contractor saws.  I think the product code is 50-277.........about $100 US.  I think any mobile base would work.  I built a sub base (you can barely see it in the pictures) that fits inside the mobile base and then bolted the cabinet to that sub base.  The lift pedal on the mobile base is on the same side as the planer dust port.   When planing I insert the wood and go around to the left to catch it as it comes out.  No tripping on the dust collector hose or the pedal.

 
The storage tray is actually the 'Rat mount.  The 'Rat is mounted to the front of the tray using the aluminium mounts that come with the 'Rat from Chipsfly.  The tray simply slides on the wooden rails and is bolted down in either the "stored" or "in use" position with bolts screwed through the tray into tee nuts on the underside of the rails. 
 
The whole arrangement is nice and stable once the mobile base is lowered and all 4 corners are on the ground.
 
The new fences help the rattle but it still is there.  I am waiting for new plastic inserts that hopefully will take up the remainder of the slop in the sliding bar."
 
Cheers,
Bob

 

Bob thanks for posting those photos in. Your 'Rat stand is very innovative and should give ideas to all those owners who are pushed for wall space.


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