Several years ago, I built a simple work table as a table saw outfeed table. It quickly became my do it all table. It is made out of 2×4’s and two pieces of 1/2 inch cd plywood which I had stored out in my shed.
Fast forward to the present time. Lately I have gotten a renewed interest in woodworking. I have been doing some type of carpentry since the 70’s when I was helping my dad build pole barns.
After my dad passed away, I was given his Craftsman table saw (circa 1977). I still recall him setting that thing up in a little single car garage that wasn’t big enough for a car! :-)
Now I have it and it is fitted with a Vega Pro 40 fence. That fence has made a new saw out of that old thing. Now I need to make a little room in my one car garage for a few new toys I recently purchased like a Grizzly G0555LX Band Saw, HF 12 inch sliding miter saw, HF belt sander and the Bosch 1617 EVSPK router combo.
Recently, A guy was advertising free solid core doors, just come get them. I found them out in his pasture and took two of them. Surprisingly, they are in pretty good shape.
So far, I have cut mine out of one door and made a smaller one for my neighbor.
Here are my detailed plans that I drew last night while laying in bed watching Team USA win the World Cup of Softball!
So I am off and running (albeit at a slow trot) in the construction of my new work bench. My thoughts are thus:
- Table height to be level with table saw so it can be used as an outfeed table. Miter slots to be cut allowing use of cross cut sled.
- Table width set at 30 inches.
- Table length limited to 4 feet due to space restrictions.
- Holes to be drilled 6 inches apart for bench dogs.
- Woodworking vise to be installed on one end of the table
- Legs to be made of 3 inch 2x lumber ripped from 2×10’s and laminated together with glue and screws.These are ready to install.
- Rails and stiles are similar construction double thick 2×3’s.
- The cross braces (two of them) will be made from 2 repurposed 2×4’s x 5 feet long glued and nailed together. I brought it back to Houston from Utah when my son-n-law moved to Tulsa (new job). All I have to do is cut two sections to size and install. Other pieces will be cut to fit. It may seem backwards, but I made the table top first to fit the area and I will build the framework to fit. That means build it upside down.
- Underneath the workbench is reserved for my air compressor and possible a cart with drawers that I can roll around.
After cutting the door down to size (28 1/2” x 48”). I used contact cement to glue on a piece of white Formica.
Today, I ripped some Red Oak and attached an edge band on all four sides of the top by first gluing, then clamping and screwing with some #8×1 3/4 screws. Looks pretty good so far.
Going on a road trip for the next two days then I will start building the frame.
-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas