The washing machine tool stand with jigsaw in place.
PHOTO: E. MAURICE STACK
Remember that old broken-down washing machine that you've been intending to take to the dump? Well, be glad you've procrastinated, because the appliance's sturdy frame can provide you with a fine tool stand for your workshop.
And, even if you don't have such an "heirloom" hanging around the house, you can usually pick up a worn-out machine for little or nothing (most folks will be glad to have you haul the old clothes-cleaners away).
Furthermore, the transformation from appliance to tool-operating table isn't difficult to accomplish. First remove the washer's inner mechanism, the top console, and the lid, then simply trim a piece of 3/4" plywood to fit the surface, and drill and bolt it on to suit your needs. (Before mounting your power tool, though, clean and lubricate the washer's self-leveling legs so they'll work smoothly.)
You'll find that this handy addition to your workshop is neat and lightweight enough to be moved easily, yet sturdy enough to handle even a heavy tool. Moreover, your "new" tool stand will—with the addition of a homemade wooden shelf or two—provide you with extra storage space. That's a commodity that no handyperson can ever have too much of!
EDITOR'S NOTE: For more tips on how you can recycle a worn out washing machine, see Washing Machine Drum Planters.