Portable tool stand idea

Here's an idea that I have been using for a couple of years to give myself a place for tools when the workshop I am attending has none where
I need it:
http://www.spaco.org/PortableWorkStation/PortableWorkStation.htm
Pete Stanaitis
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NICE Idea!!
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On 7/7/2010 8:35 PM, spaco wrote:

Elegant!
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Good idea! I like tips, tricks and ideas of this sort. Recently I’ve been looking for sleeving to slip over files to keep them from touching each other and prevent dulling. (I read something by Guy Lautard a while back about properly storing files and I’ve been guilty of them together in a drawer.) I thought about making a rack for them, but it takes up a lot of room. I ended up using this for my sleeving material: http://www.harborfreight.com/3-4-quarter-inch-x-25-ft-soaker-hose-95328.html The soaker hose is made of black nylon fabric sleeving over green (PVC?) flexible tubing. If you cut up the hose in sections, most files will fit in either the black fabric sleeving or green PVC tubing. They also sell some blue discharge hose, and I plan to get some for larger files and rasps. I also found a good file brush at a yard sale and it has a place to store a metal pick on the back of it to clean out the buildup in the crevices.
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    Hmm ... there is a nice web like sleeving intended to go over electrical cables. Various colors in various sizes. You push the ends towards the middle and it expands, so it will fit a reasonable range of file sizes. I've just got some samples -- maybe I need to look up where to get it and buy enough to handle all my files plus a bit. (Several of my files are in a vinyl pocket pouch which I picked up at a hamfest, new. The files were all Nicholson files, and some are safe-edge files, which is why I bought the set in the first place. I *love* safe-edge files.
    Enjoy,         DoN.
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I'm not sure I understand the advantage of having a safe edge for a
file (i.e. a smooth side with no teeth). I do have some of those in
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    Let's say that you need a rectangular opening in an instrument panel -- with sharp corners.
    You can mill out the rectangle, but will wind up with rounded corners, which man interfere with putting the instrument or control you want into the hole.
    The safe-edge files let you concentrate on squaring up one edge at a time, without risk of the cut wandering too far into the other edge.
    Same with any other filing up to a shoulder when you don't want to file the shoulder itself.

    Quite a collection.

    O.K. I remembered that it is also used to protect machined shafts in shipping. (There is a length of it on the shaft of the spare spindle motor for my Bridgeport mill. So I looked in MSC's "Big Book", and found it in the upper left-hand corner of page 2862 in the 2009/2010 Big Book.
    A typical example is part number 31993090, which fits round shafts from 1" diameter to 1-1/2" diameter. Color of this one is red. The price is $0.89 for a 36" length. Up to you to figure out which sizes you really want to use for a given collection of files. I guess convert the perimeter of each file at its largest to a diameter, and get sleeving which will accept that diameter. Maybe the next size up, in case it does not like turning corners much.
    Enjoy,         DoN.
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Ok, that makes sense. I've always managed those types of jobs with regular files and trying to mind which side I needed to press on to guide the cut. There are so many types of files that it seems like a challenge just to learn the names, never mind learning what job each is best suited for using. :)

Ok, I'll have to get some to try. Thanks.

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wrote:

The dolly part is cool, I don't see that in my notes. I have spiral note books full of ideas like that.
Power tool docks
Places to hang cords like slots or rubber clamps like for hanging brooms, that way you don't have to bend over to get the end of the cord and plug in the next tool.
Multiple tables that can swing out, for heavy tools on lower ones, to ones up high for cell phone, blackberry, keys, pencils, place to write down needed materials, ect.
Telescoping flood light up high
Power strip down low, so not to tip over while pulling on cords.
That's it for now, hey, its a work in progress. I came up with the idea decades ago while working on pools, but never came up with a good workable idea for the legs to be at different heights cause every pool bottom is different. It was always a major pain in the back usually as to where to put the radio to tools without putting everything on the bottom of the pool.
What I need is an electronic note pad with a search engine to file notes like these into the same place. Cause I probably have more on this subject in other note books.
I was thinking of making a couple and see if anyone like them, like I don't have enough going on.
SW
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On 7/8/2010 11:50 AM, Sunworshipper wrote:

http://www.google.com/notebook /
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the following:

I'll see you and raise you one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_OneNote I saw this when I was looking for a cheap copy of MS Office 2007. Looked interesting.
SW, I create directories by subject and store ascii (and other) files in them. PRgrep is my computer-based search engine. Quick and free.
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If you can print/convert to pdf, the acrobat reader has a nice search utility that will search through all the pdfs at once, and present you with a click-to-show list of the lines containing the search terms.
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http://thereifixedit.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/fd49ee7b-9121-4a76-a858-23e391229764.jpg
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