Easy Shop Table - Planer Table #3: Building the frames...

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Blog entry by Lockwatcher posted 03-27-2011 07:43 AM 7614 reads 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I’m back from the big box store – and have the screws I need to finish the table. I also picked up my MDF for the top and the bottom shelf. I’m using 3/4” MDF as I will be supporting a heavy planer (I don’t have it yet, but I am going to get a Dewalt 735).

I scraped off the excess glue off the sides of the leg assemblies, then ran each side on my jointer with two passes on each side. This put me back to 3” x 3” legs (and my glue line was now super clean). Need to do a little sanding before final assembly of the table. I used my orbital sander for most of it.

Above: The legs are finished, cleaned up and ready for sanding.

Above: The frame lumber is cut to final length

I cut the frame assembly lumber to length using my miter saw. I need two frames (8 parts). 4 of them are 26” long, the other 4 are 20” long. These are assembled using glue and 2 1/2” screws.

Below: The sections of the frame are clamped to my assembly table – then glued and screwed together.

Below: The two frames are finished. Final assembly is close at hand!

With the completion of the leg assemblies and the frames, I am just about ready for final assembly. Before I do that, I need to add the shelf (bottom) and the top. This will be cut from 3/4” MDF and sit flush with the top side of each frame assembly. Cleats will run along the edges to provide strength. Due to the large size of this top (and the planned weight of the planer), I have opted for a cleat down the center of the top as well.

It is quite late now, will start on the tops in the morning and finish up!

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 09:24 AM

Looking good. Nice blog and great instructions.

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 03:59 PM

That thing is going to be solid as a rock. Can’t wait to see it finished.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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