Well, I think the table turned out just fine…
I didn’t run into any real problems during construction…however I did notice when I was ripping the original lumber (as well as subsequent sanding) that the wood had a very strong smell to it. Not sure why – sometimes you get that from pine.
Make sure if you build one of these to countersink & predrill your screw holes – otherwise, you may split the lumber. I have not put together a plan as of yet for finishing these tables…polyurethane or shellac would both be good options.
One other thought…I spoke to another “Jock” about adding an additional shelf to the shop table…thats a great idea (on the taller version). You could also easily add some standards and add a drawer (just below the planer maybe)...just a couple ideas..
While I did not have any real problems, I did build this table twice…that’s right twice! I built this same table a couple weeks back…but made it the wrong size for the new planer I was getting. I had a few options at that time. 1) Scrap the first one & start over… 2) Make a larger double-top to hook the new planer on to… 3) Re-purpose the first one for another application and then build another one…
Yep, built another one and re-purposed the first!
The first one I built will now be home to my bench sander (amd maybe something else as well)...
Below: The original table, repurposed for my sander and other things.
Above: The new Easy Shop Table – Planer Version with my new Dewalt Planer on top. The table stands 30 1/2” tall (with casters).
I hope that you have enjoyed this series, as I am probably done building shop tables for now.
These are easy to build, low in cost and amazingly strong (the planer is 92 lbs.).
If you do build one (or more) please post pictures in the comment section here as well as in your own project area!
See my other projects here: Lockwatcher's Projects
Thanks, Ken C / Lockwatcher
-- Lockwatcher, Ohio, http://www.lockwatcher.com/