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    Has anyone built a SMALL portable shop..."shop in a box"?

    If so, I would like to see some pictures of it.

    After looking around for ideas of how to do it, I was very surprised to see almost nothing posted. The only location that seems to have anything is Sherline's site.

    Thanks in advance.


  • #2
    Look at Nick Carter's website -

    There are a couple of people who have put their hobby machine shops (TAIG) in roll-around boxes the size of a tool tower.

    [This message has been edited by pgmrdan (edited 03-12-2006).]


    • #3
      The Shop Wisdom of Rudy Kouhoupt has a machine shop set up in a small furniture grade cabinet about the size of a night stand.

      Of course, it was Rudy's.
      Jim H.


      • #4
        Dunno what your desired end result is, but I made my Harbor Freight 7X10 mini-lathe portable by mounting it on a piece of 1/2" plywood and building a box that snaps over it like a portable sewing machine. Remove the 2 bolts that hold it to the stand, snap the cover on, and go. The old Craftsman machinist box on the shelf below holds most everything I need to use the lathe, no need to rob a bunch of stuff from the main toolbox.


        • #5
          a con-ex is a box right 40*8*10


          • #6
            I don't have pictures to post, but I have seen two:

            The first was a watch makers lathe set up in a "steamer chest" in a antique shop, had a few jeweler and engraving tools in the drawers. I think it was pre-WWI.

            The second wasn't a metal working shop. One of the assistant managers in the retail place I worked, was a retired travelling engineering consultant. He would make doll houses and/or wooden ship models on commission. His little shop fit into a small footlocker. He had a electric powered saw, mini drill press, hand tools...the shop must have been 150lbs, it was attached to a "hort/vert" hand truck.

            Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there no sweeter words than "I told you so."
            Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there no sweeter words than "I told you so."