I am posting this as an add-on to my Easy Shop Table.
On some of my shop tables I use an MDF top that is integrated (flush) with the top frame. On others (such as my router table) I left the top frame open, and added my router table top. That is the case with the add-on top featured here.
I recently acquired some large coated MDF panels. I am not sure what it is coated with, but it is very smooth (different than Melamine). These panels were previously a counter top or shelf assembly.
Below: The original MDF panel that would soon be my table top…
I decided I wanted my top to be about 35” x 24” – I ripped the edge off of the panel, ripped the opposing edge, then cut final length with my panel cutter (on the tablesaw).
I had planned on using biscuits & glue for the assembly, but then decided upon using my Pockethole jig instead. This reduced my clamping time (none) and allowed me to use the top almost immediately.
Below: Positioning my Kreg jig for the first pockethole.
Above: By overhanging the panel, the Kreg jig could be brought to the wood (rather than the wood to the jig).
I picked up a couple lengths of Aspen for edging, and ripped them to width (2 1/8”). I cut final length on my mitersaw.
Cutting the actual pocketholes was quite easy. The jig was set for 3/4” material and clamped onto the MDF top (bottom side). Once the drill bit collar is set properly, drill baby drill!
Once I had a set of holes on one side I attached the first piece of edging (I used some glue as well). The screw in the pockethole pulled the wood in tight with no additional clamping needed.
Due to a lack of planning on my part, I had to use a seperate clamped version of the pockethole jig to drill the corners (linking the edging together). I had to add an extra piece of lumber to support the clamp.
Below: Adding pocketholes to the edging (for the corners).
I did the opposite edge, than worked on the front and back edging.
Below: The first edge is screwed and glued – note the guide clamped to the table as a backer board.
Above: The second edge is attached.
Below: The third edge goes on – center clamp was used to keep the joint tight.
Below: And now the final edge is attached…
Above: Once all of the edging was finished, I attached the top to the table with pocketholes as well.
Below: The finished top attached to one of my Easy Shop Tables
Hope you like it!
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