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I stumbled across this video and thought it might be helpful to some of you guys and gals that have small shops (me included).

Just a note. Read, understand and follow all the safety rules for this piece of equipment. Lord knows, I have banged my knee/shin on it more than once when mine was on the back of my truck!

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That was pretty good thinking on his part . It would have a little to much play in it for me though .
I store my grinder and vise under my bench and secure it to my bench when needed .
I believe it was your idea Mike
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That was pretty good thinking on his part . It would have a little to much play in it for me though .
I store my grinder and vice under my bench and secure it to my bench when needed .
I think that was your idea , not sure
Yes sir. My grinder and oscillating sander sit on a shelf until needed.
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My shop is 8'X12', and I have most of my stuff on stands, so I can just shift them around to work with them, or store them. Works for me.

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I store my grinder and vice under my bench and secure it to my bench when needed .
I like that setup, Rick. Yet another to-do for me.
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I like that setup, Rick. Yet another to-do for me.
It was a collaboration of you guys . Oliver gave me direction on how to build some internal bracing underneath for mounting drawers , and Mike and a few others provided the knowledge on how to make and install drawers , plus the mounting method for the grinder and vise .
I haven't finished yet , as I need to put faces on the drawers , but someday .
Has been extremely nice having things organized for once . It's really weird being able to find things

And as an added bonus , I'm not intimidated at the thought of building drawers anymore . Always wanted to build a computer desk , but was always concerned if I could actually build the drawers myself . A cakewalk now
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Using hitch receivers is fairly common in welding shops. My son (the certified welder in the family) has several of them on his shop benches. For the truck, he uses the trailer towing hitch receiver at the back end of the truck to attach the vise, but he has a Z shaped piece that goes into the hitch receiver to raise the vise up to a more comfortable position. With two class 2 hitch receivers in this design, the vise isn't very stable at all, but it seems to work well enough for his needs.

When I want to use a vise, I like my vises to be very stationary and solid with no wobble, so I don't have these hitch receivers in my wood working shop. I have a small metal working vise that I mounted to a 3/4" plywood base, and the bottom of this base has a 1 1/2" square strip of red oak attached. When I need to use this metal working vise in my wood shop, I drop the oak part of this vise base into my woodworking bench vise and tighten the woodworking vise on it. it's very solid and stable, and the vise is only 3/4" higher than it would be if mounted directly to the bench. I have also used it with my Work-Mate portable benches in the same way. I much prefer this method over trying to use wobbly hitch receivers. A grinder or other semi portable power tool could also be mounted in a similar base and attached to your wood working bench this same way.

I also have a 18" X 36" piece of 3/4" birch plywood with a similar strip attached on the bottom that I use when I need a larger work surface on one of my Work-Mate benches. I originally made this table top for holding my former Delta lunchbox planer, but I now have a DeWalt 735 planer, and it's permanently mounted on a miter saw/planer stand. I now use this table top for many other uses, such as holding various wrenches, screwdrivers, and other hand tools near me, and at a convenient height, while working on one of my trucks, cars, or tractor.

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