[Homestead] Portable shop was: My shop - again
don.bowen at earthlink.net
Sat Nov 20 09:33:54 EST 2004
At 11/20/2004, you wrote:
>I think a heavy trailer is just part of having a trailer that will carry a
>good amount of weight. A shop would most likely be a good amount of weight.
>Just another one of those trade-offs <shrug>.
In my case I cannot afford a new pickup, besides I like the one I have. It
has an 8500# towing capacity and will do the job nicely. I do have to keep
an eye on weight but it looks like I will be within my self imposed
limits. I am not taking a complete shop, only what I call my portable shop.
There will be two general woodworking tool boxes and a mechanics box in
back of the trailer. One is the box I currently take to sites and the
other will have the planes, measuring and marking, drill bits, and other
small items. The mechanics box will have wrenches, 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 in.
sockets sets, hammers, etc for doing light mechanical. A Workmate will
also ride back there.
I had planned to carry a folding ladder in the shower but saw an easy
method to carry it on the roof of the trailer. Inside the trailer will be
the carving and flint knapping tools. Not much, two knives, some copper
hammer stones and a couple of Ishi sticks.
In front of the trailer will ride a smaller tool box with the day to day
stuff, wrenches to adjust and remove the weight distribution hitch, and
other tools that will be needed often. A small soft sided tool bag
containing electrical tools and supplies to fix 12 and 120 Volt problems.
In back of the pickup I have a very wide cross box and a cruise box. The
cruise box will hold an air compressor, all the pneumatic nailers, a
generator, and maybe a portable table saw and drill press if they can be
fit into the budget. The cross box will hold day to day items and tire
tools, extension cords, aluminum floor jack, 8 ton bottle jack, electric
impact wrench. I am thinking of getting a rack for the pickup but would
rather have a shell. Right now I cannot fit either into the budget. Under
the cruise box is a space for a workbench top and two folding saw horses.
Awl Knotted Up Woodworking
Valley Center, CA http://www.braingarage.com
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