I was able to finish up my work table this weekend. Well, all but chamfering or rounding over the edges.
I took thursday and friday off. Friday because it was beautiful. And thursday (St. Patricks Day) because it was my daughters 2nd birthday. But I got up early on thursday and made it out to pick up a couple sheets of 3/4” plywood, a plywood blade for my circular saw, and oak for the edges.
While I was cutting the plywood down on friday afternoon, I either burnt up my saw or completely ran through a brand new blade. Had to finish up cutting the plywood with my plunge router and a spiral bit. Which worked out well. Only I had to flush trim the top to the bottom because the spiral bit was too short to cut the bottom sheet with the top sheet on top of it.
My parents came in this weekend, so saturday my dad and I screwed down the hardboard, trimmed it, then flush cut it. After that we mitred the oak to length then ripped it and screwed it on, flush with the top of the hardboard. Then I took the belt sander to the corners. Easing/rounding them over.
I think I spent $135 total on this table. That’s including that plywood blade and a $5 box of square head screws. It would have been cheaper if I could have got 3/4” MDF instead of plywood. But a 4×8 sheet is pretty hard to move/handle by myself.
I’m happy with it though. I didn’t have a bench or table to work & assemble and finish any of my projects on. Was using the tablesaw or a couple saw horses to work on things and either the garage or kitchen floor to assemble them on.
But the top is 42.5” x 82.5” and it’s 35” tall. I know it will be big enough for most everything I plan on doing. It’s heavy enough to be sturdy but light enough that I can move it without any problem.
In the future I may enclose the base and I’m pretty sure I’m going to install a couple power strips. One on each side of the base. Just under the top.
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