Erlewine ShopStand

Erlewine ShopStand

Erlewine ShopStand

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Erlewine ShopStand

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More versatile than a workbench! Raise your work to the height you really want. The ShopStand adapts your jigs and vises to you, not the other way around.

Repairman Dan Erlewine envisioned a swiveling, tilting, height-adjustable workstand for better access to his repair work. Our tool development wizard Don MacRostie added his own vision of the stand, as an adjustable column to hold quick-change jigs and fixtures for instrument building. The Erlewine ShopStand was the result, and it immediately proved its worth.

Raise your work to the height you really want. The ShopStand adjusts from 28" to 36" in height. It adapts to you, not the other way around.

Get complete access to your work. The ShopStand is an industrial-grade, free-standing unit that bolts to your shop floor. It's heavy-duty and rock-steady. It rotates with ball-bearing smoothness to any position you need, and locks in place quickly and easily. You can move completely around the job in progress, for faster, easier access without reclamping.

Gain extra space in your shop. Your workbench uses lots of floor space; the ShopStand has a small footprint. You can interchange your jigs as needed, and hang them on the wall when the work's done.

Maximum height 36"
Minimum height 27", with ball bearing column rotation
Base size 10" x 10" (floor bolts required)
Top plate size 8" x 5" (drilled and tapped to fit our Guitar Repair Vise)

Erlewine ShopStand is the perfect support for many of our tools. The ShopStand and Guitar Repair Vise Set a sturdy, money-saving, 360-degree swiveling tool combo! We've customized our vise to give it bearing-smooth operation that you won't find elsewhere.


See the online video for the Shopstand
Dan Erlewine shows how his ShopStand replaces a workbench for guitar repair. The Neck Jig and the Angle Vise are a perfect fit.
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Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Ideas for your shop: arranging your bench and vise

Where to put the workbench in your shop? And where to put the vise on that bench? Dan Erlewine's helps a friend with those questions in his new garage workshop.

ShopStand: solving the space problem in a cluttered shop

Dan Erlewine faces facts: too many tools and not enough workspace. He clears the decks and sets up a whole new floorplan using two ShopStands.

Instructions

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Erlewine ShopStand Instructions

Installation and anchoring instructions for the Erlewine ShopStand.

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5.0

Exactly what I was looking for!

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I should start by saying that I'm actually not using this for guitar making but rather for knife making. Specifically, I got this to improve my set up for what is the bane of most knife makers' existence: hand sanding the blades. For those not familiar, this involves hours of standing and manually sanding through grits 120 through 1000+ and for years I've used a much less ergonomic combination of an awkward height workhorse with a clamp vise. After drilling the holes I promptly bolted the Erlewine ShopStand into the concrete floor of my shop using Hillman strike anchors and two things immediately became apparent: 1) The minscule footprint of this stand buys me some much-appreciated shop space and 2) it is FAR more solid than my old setup. I was initially apprehensive that the sanding motion would jiggle this around but on the contrary this simply does not move! This is a game changer in that I can feel my sanding strokes are much more efficient. Also, the height adjustment is a godsend on my back! It has three heights, one of which places my arms at the perfect position for standing. I haven't tried the lowest height but it appears this would be ideal for sitting.
Lastly, the ability to rotate is fantastic: light angle plays a big role in being able to see scratch marks (and a lack thereof) on the steel and this allows me to turn with the daylight/overhead light as needed.
I really can't say enough good things about how this product has met my needs. I know some other reviews have mentioned they don't love the plastic wheel but it hasn't been an issue at all for me. Thanks StewMac!

4.0

Pretty Cool so Far!

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Verified Buyer


I purchased this to use with the stewmac angle vise and some jigs I made for my basement shop. After reading the instructions and looking at the anchor recommendations, I headed off to to Home Depot and didn't see 5/16" anchors so I went for the 3/8" RedHead brand 1-5/8" drop-ins. The holes on the mounting plate measured .540 so 3/8" seemed to still allow for some room. I did follow the recommendation and drill smaller bits to work my way up to 1/2" for the hole. I used an impact driver with a 3/16 and 1/4 hex mount bits which went quickly through the concrete and then used my buddy's industrial strength hammer drill for the 1/2" bit and came out with a clean hole. I installed the drop-in and loosely threaded a bolt in and marked and drilled the other holes with fit issues whatsoever. This tool setup worked pretty quickly, took about 45 minutes for 4 holes.

The construction was actually pretty sturdy, which I was nervous about given some of the reviews, but the base and supports are pretty thick and while there is some play between the two tubes it didn't vibrate noticeably when using my neck carving jig. The bearing machine/set screw lever is kinda too long and gets in the way when you rotate the stand 360, but I think I can figure out a cheap and easy alternative or just time the knob a bit so it doesn't catch the wheel adjuster. The rotation stop wheel adjuster is plastic but plenty sturdy and works well.

When using, adjustments were easy and I spent most of my time thinking about the work piece which is awesome. Vibration wasn't really noticeable, rotation was easy and the height I chose was comfortable. So far I only used it for carving a neck, but I will get a chance to put my homemade neck jig up do a crown and setup so we'll see what I see there, but so far it's been super nice.

So as far as the price goes, I didn't buy it a year ago when I wanted to because it seemed a bit much, but when I really looked at what was out there for alternatives I was probably headed towards making one and borrowing a welder. When I put all that together time and materials wise it didn't make a lot of sense since I don't have any scrap material and the time sink would be pretty substantial. In the end I'm glad a got it.

5.0

Great Stand

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Verified Buyer


The Erlewine Shop Stand is a MUST have for all guitar shops.

5.0

Excellent product!

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Verified Buyer


I purchased this to hold my stew mac buffer in my garage based guitar workshop!

5.0

Versatile and sturdy - perfect for the smaller shop

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Verified Buyer


I work in a small space and this stand is perfect for me. I made various platforms that can be mounted on it using either the tilting drill press vice or the guitar repair vice bolted to the stand. The ability to spin your work when e.g. carving braces and being able to raise or lower your work to the ideal height has saved me no end of back pain!

It's also great for mounting the buffing wheel on and being able to turn it to the perfect angle has saved lots of potential mishaps. Yes, there is a very slight 'wobble' when the wheel is spinning, but if you get the buffer nicely balanced, it's minimal.

5.0

You would need a few for the shop.

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Verified Buyer


I have been enjoying the workshop stand. Saves a lot of space in the shop. Will be getting another one but just for the neckjig.

2.0

Disapointed - Poor quality

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Verified Buyer


I waited ages for this product to be in stock.
When it finally arrived, it did not rotate properly.
I was sent another stand.
I bolted the stand to the floor joists then bolted a work bench to it.
The bearing lever did not clear the height adjustment wheel so I had to add a washer to the wheel.Also the wheel required a lot of effort to secure the pole from spinning.
When sanding or even cleaning a fretboard it picks up a wobbling momentum with the least amount of effort.
I think the quality control needs to be looked at.
It’s disappointing because this is a great concept but in practice it's not quite there.
To Stew Macs credit, they offered me a refund or credit.
I can never complain about their excellent service and positive attitude when dealing with a problem.

5.0

Great for Buffer

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Verified Buyer


I am using this for my Stewmac buffer and it is bolted to the wall and a raised plywood platform. The Stewmac buffer base matched pretty well though I did have to slightly enlarge two holes. The whole set up is not cheap but as I like building guitars more than things like stands, it was worth it for me. The stand is very solid and super easy to assemble and use. The ball bearing make swiveling a breeze. Only thing I would recommend is maybe 5 instead of 3 height adjustment holes. Not an issue for this project, but if I was going to be using it for multiple purposes, a bit more height control might be nice. Course, extra holes could be drilled without compromising the column at all. Thanks Stewmac

3.0

Average Shop Stand

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For the price point, and after waiting for them to come off backorder, I was underwhelmed unlike a lot of other StewMac tools. The base is not very wide, and the stand even while bolted to the floor has a fair amount of wiggle while hand ragging, sanding, etc. Compared to other shop stands I have it not very heavy . The height adjustment wheel feels a bit cheap / fragile. I am sure it will wear out. The largest issue I have is installing the guitar repair vise to it (which is why I ordered this stand).The two triangle supports get in the way of the wing nut so tightening the vise down was almost impossible and way too much effort for something thats sold and recommended together. If this could be spring loaded or hydraulic to raise up and down it would be a vast improvement.

However with all the issues I listed, once installed, it does its job. It holds the vise, and it raises and lowers. However this is not my go to shop stand for musical instrument repair. If you need a shop stand thats adjustable, that will not eat up shop space this will suit your needs.

4.0

A handy addition. A Luxurious shop fixture.

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Verified Buyer


I mounted this in the concrete floor of my shop behind my main 10ft long bench , which is wall and floor mounted .
After receiving the fixture I decided to mount a maple bench top on it . I may mount my pattern makers vise on it , but at the moment its an articulate bench top.
Its a pleasure to be facing the middle of the room for a change after facing a wall for the last several years.
The stand is stable . I had to resort to epoxying the Tampit anchors into the holes I drilled in my floor. With out the epoxy the pulled right out with the weight of the bench top mounted to it. I used structural epoxy and its doing the trick. This stand is plenty sturdy but is not as solid as a wall mounted bench. Its just center mounted after all.
I think it will provide a good station for my old Don Teeter style neck jig which I built back in the late 80's . Should work well when I need to flip a piece for routing . It will be a luxury to rotate the table rather than re clamp and reorient.
I was sort of hoping that the stand would rotate like a lazy Susan. It does not as the center notch in the base catches the roller bearing , but thats a minor point .
Now I have a place for the third job , which is very welcome as I need to have several things going at the same time.
Its a winner.

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