Evolution of a Shop #40: Plywood Cutting Table

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Blog entry by Cory posted 04-24-2014 02:17 PM 11032 reads 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 39: Square and ruler storage Part 40 of Evolution of a Shop series Part 41: New Outfeed table and shop cart »

I’ve been making a lot of built in cabinetry for our new house over the last few months, which has meant dealing with a lot of sheet goods. My old grid of 1×4s had taken a beating and finally gave in to all the abuse. So, I needed to make a new plywood cutting table. This one is made with half-lapped 1×4s, just like the last one. It measures 4’ x 8’ so it fully supports a sheet of ply.

I also reinforced the spots where the grid connects to my sawhorses. These area broke on my previous grid, so I made these little blocks that are glued and nailed. They make that part of the assembly much sturdier.

I can back my truck right up to this grid, slide the sheet goods onto it, and slice and dice with my track saw. Makes it super easy to rough out parts or even cut them to final dimension. It disassembles in seconds and stores in a pretty small footprint when not in use.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 04-24-2014 03:12 PM

Great idea, and not in your way when not needed.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 04-24-2014 04:50 PM

You are a smart man. I usually carry the plywood into the shop, and bury it behind a bunch of hardwood. It makes for maximum difficulty when retrieving the plywood.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 04-24-2014 06:02 PM

Great job Cory. You always have such well planned work. Nice!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#4 posted 04-24-2014 06:27 PM

Very nice setup cory and it is nice to beable to tuck it away when not needed. Looks like you have nice selection of tools in the shop. Just wish I had that kind of space , well some day I guess.

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#5 posted 04-25-2014 10:02 PM

Great idea. I wish I had room for one like it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 05-17-2014 12:38 PM

A very good idea and a very nice sheet cutting area. EZ on the back, and gr8 support of the sheet goods.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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