Andy’s Amazing Tool Trailer

Gullion outfitted a used 7x14 soft nose (v-shaped in front to reduce wind resistance) dual axle trailer.

The left side of the trailer contains a bench/work table and shelves and storage for tools, supplies, and equipment. Note the way everything is labeled.

The right side of the trailer contains deep shelving. Heavy items, such as the miter saw, are stored high so there’s no bending over to lift them. Note the Kreg Foreman on the floor, just ahead of the hanging tool belts.

Power feeds into the trailer via the 10-gauge cord on the upper reel. The power strip to the right plugs into it. The hose on the yellow reel connects to a “permanently” installed compressor, and provides air for pneumatics used outside the trailer. The box above the hose reel contains collated brads and finish nails.

The air hose and electrical power cord pass through roller guides in the floor—which allows the door of the trailer to be closed without interrupting use of air and power. The idea for this came from Ron Paulk’s trailer.

Clamps store at the back rear end of the trailer; F-clamps and Kreg clamps hold themselves in place. The all-metal clamps to the right hang from holes and are used with the dog holes in Gullion’s work station and the bench in the trailer.

Nailers store in compartments just forward of the clamp storage. Note the compartment for gun oil at the top right corner.

Hoses and cords store in a recessed area towards the front right side of the trailer. The storage boxes below carry the Keter label; the same boxes can be found with the Husky label at Home Depot. These boxes are subdivided inside and more reasonably priced than similar L-Boxxes and Systainers.

Here’s a closer look at one of boxes below the hoses and cords. This one is a Husky and contains everything needed to install cabinets—including screws, shims, and a screwdriver to adjust hinges.

Cleanup is part of the job. Everything needed for cleanup is stored in easy-to-carry bins.

Gullion built and uses a Paulk Workbench II—which he refers to as Ron Paulk’s masterpiece. Paulk has since released plans for an upgrade portable bench called the Paulk Total Station. The Total Station has spaces for both a table saw and a miter saw.

The Workbench II stores in a long opening at the left rear end of the trailer. The pair of “box beams” that make up the top can be seen at the bottom of this photo. Other parts store above. This area is also used for storing track saw guide rails.

Long items, such as levels, store on the side of the console that houses the portable bench. If you look closely you’ll see the L-shaped clips that prevent the folding horses from sliding around on the floor.

Wood glue and aerosols store in purpose-built slots along the back edge of the work bench.

Caulk is difficult to find and keep track of when stored in a bucket or bin; Gullion keeps it out where he can see (and get at) it. Note the dog holes in the work bench. One is being used to clamp down a quick release clamping jig. The rubber floor matt to the right is used as a surface for mixing stain. If anything spills the raised edges of the matt keep it from spreading.

Mechanic’s tool boxes have been integrated into the trailer. Note the hinged piece that prevents the drawers in the rearmost unit from opening during transit. There’s no need for one on the forward unit because it’s an upper and the drawers won’t open when the top lid is closed. Note the many Zip Poles (for dust walls) at the front wall of the trailer.

There is a charging station just above the mechanic’s box in the previous photo. The chargers are “live” and charging whenever the trailer’s plugged in.

A battery-operated light at the rear the trailer provides light 24/7. It charges (and provides illumination) when the trailer is plugged in and runs on an internal battery when it is not. The light is from Flood-It.

Gullion’s miter saw is screwed to a piece of plywood that connects to a home-made stand with the kind of sash locks used on double-hung windows.

The drill and driver bits used with this Drill Master pocket hole jig are store in the same board that the jig attached to. If you have the jig, then you automatically have the necessary bits.

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