Clyde Wynn, of Thornton, Colo., has spent a career working his way through new-home subdivisions trimming windows, doors, and staircases. About 10 years ago he built a workstation that matched his work and his nomadic carpenter's lifestyle.
I ran into Wynn and his portable workshop in a new subdivision in Arvada, Colo., and convinced him to give me a tour of his creation.
Wynn's workstation has two sections. The top section holds tools, drawers, and a work surface. It rides on a wheeled carriage. A 10-inch portable table saw and compound miter saw set on either end of the unit are connected by a wooden benchtop, creating an 8-foot-long surface. On the backside, a benchtop drill press rides in its own compartment. "I can set the drill press on any angle I need to drill handrails for balusters and connectors," Wynn says.
Both sides of the station are wired for power; multiple boxes are fed by one pigtail. Cubbies and drawers built below the work surface hold everything from Wynn's paperwork to hand tools, clamps, glue, and all the things finish carpenters accumulate over the years. He even added a fold-down worktop under the drawers for more convenient surface area.
Wynn picks up one end with wheelbarrow-style handles and rolls the whole shebang alone to the back of his van. The top of the carriage lines up flush with the van floor. He then unpins the work section from the carriage and pushes it –tools and all–onto the carpeted floor of his van. Aluminum channels mounted onto the bottom of the work section roll over the carriage's rubber-wheeled tracks for easy loading and unloading. He can literally unload his workstation by himself and begin working in a couple of minutes.