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Blog entry by Lockwatcher posted 03-27-2011 07:27 PM 5340 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I cut my 3/4” MDF top and bottom shelf to fit in the frames. I then cut the scrap offcuts from the frame and leg lumber into cleats (for holding the top and the bottom shelf in place.

Above: The MDF panels are cut to fit, then pressed down into the frames – leaving them flush with the top.

Below: Cutting the scraps into shelf & top cleats. Nothing real critical here for the size – just make them 4” shorter than the space they are being hooked into.

Below: The stack of cleats, ready to use.

Below: Installing the cleats with screws & glue

Below: All the parts are finsihed…final assembly is close at hand.

Well, we are almost finished….

I’m still waiting on my casters (I ordered them) so I will need to wait a little longer before I can use the table.

Watch for Part five…Final Assembly

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio, http://www.lockwatcher.com/



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Papatwin

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#1 posted 03-28-2011 03:53 PM

Hi, Lockwatcher, thank you for posting these table builds! A quick question, if you don’t mind. I was thinking about trying to build one of these, but with rabbets on the platform frame, instead of the cleats. Do you see any problem with the idea? Thanks again.

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Lockwatcher

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 12:47 AM

Doing rabbets on the frames would work great. You have 1 1/2” of lumber to work with…you could probably get away with a 1/2” or even a 3/4” rabbet….without messing with the integrity of the frame or the top. My cleats are about 1” x 1” anyway. As long as the top is only 3/4” thick, you should be able to adjust your upper screw position to avoid it.

The reason I went with the cleats was 1) Use up the scraps (whoo-hoo) 2) Very strong 3) They cannot be seen once it is built.

The Planer I am adding is about 90 lbs. – I would suggest going with the cleats if you are going to be putting huge amounts of weight on it (but even 90 will be spread across the whole surface)...

Ken C / Lockwatcher

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio, http://www.lockwatcher.com/

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Mark D.

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#3 posted 04-15-2011 05:00 PM

Lockwatcher, One question… I’m about to build one of these awesome tables for my DW735 but I just noticed a discrepancy when trying to compile a cutlist from your instructions…. in Part I you said you cut 8 pieces for the frame to 25”x2 1/2” but then in Part III you said 4 are 20” (which are easy to get from the 25” pieces) and that 4 are 26” (much more difficult to get from a 25” piece…) Can you clarify that little bit for me? Or can you throw together a quick cutlist of final dimensioned components? I have the wood sitting in the shop waiting to make sawdust… :-)

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Lockwatcher

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#4 posted 04-16-2011 02:59 AM

Wow…you are not kidding…I have re-edited the blog with additional information, including a cut list. I must have been very tired when I wrote the first blog entry. Let me know if you need additonal clarification!

Thanks, Ken C

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio, http://www.lockwatcher.com/

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Mark D.

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#5 posted 04-16-2011 07:06 AM

Thanks Lockwatcher, I actually got impatient today and figured out the rest of the measurements using the photos as a guide… I have the entire thing built and will post pics tomorrow :-) Thanks for a great write up and a very strong table! I came in right around the $30.00 mark excluding the screws… I was also able to easily yield all my lumber from 2 – 2”x10”x10’ timbers. I cut all the leg material from one piece and all the frame materials from the other. And there is about 10”x24” left from a 2’x4’ 3/4” MDF handy panel…

I don’t have the need or the money at the moment for casters, but I came up with an alternate solution for the base, I’ll post pictures and details tomorrow.

-- Looking for free wood working plans? Visit us at www.AwlFreePlans.com

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