Work table progress #2: Work table with finish and essentially done, well for now anyway

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Blog entry by Cato posted 09-13-2010 12:03 AM 4089 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here are pics of my work table. I figured now was good, because it is probably as clean as its going to get while the Danish oil is finishing drying.

I put the Danish oil on the ash top which has finished out at 1 1/8 thick by 71 1/2 L x 35 wide. Base is finished in BLO, and for dimensional lumber it too has some nice grain and will be a good sturdy base for this table.

It turned out larger than it looked when I ran a tape measure out from the wall deciding what size to make it!

I’ll come back later and put the plywood shelf in the bottom, and I found a small vise that I will mount on the end, but otherwise time constraints with work and so forth I will really call this project done.

This will give me a much nicer top to work on than I have made before I got the jointer and planer so that I could work with a real hardwood.

Cleaned up the floor fairly well with the shop vac, and now ready to begin my next project, a small table for our screen porch, and then a miter saw station as you can see the miter saw is parked on the old RAS, which it has replaced for crosscutting work.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-13-2010 12:17 AM

I like the top, almost too nice to bang up as a work bench.

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 12:50 AM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 02:51 AM

Nice looking workbench! It will serve you well. I always joke after I make something for the shop that I need to whack it with a hammer and get the first ding over with. I never do though…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 02:59 AM

looking good. that does have lots of beautiful grain patterns on both the top and base. I assume you are mainly working with power tools given the huge size of that top (depth wise)?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 09-13-2010 01:01 PM

Fellas, thanks for looking and the nice comments. For a simple work table design, it was a lot harder to produce a large flat table top than I had thought it would be. Picture making a dining room table top.

Purp- Yes for the most part I have been using power tools and just started baby steps with some hand tools, but the main reason for the large top is that I wanted a top big enough for project assembly and also have some room left over on the top to rest the the items I might be using at the time.

I always seem to run out of table space quickly so this should take care of that.

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