Assembly Table #1: The Begining

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Blog entry by airfieldman posted 01-22-2008 01:35 AM 4577 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got a lot of work done today (YAH!!). Having been ill for the past couple of weeks, I have stayed away from my COLD shop. Couldn’t stay away any longer.
I started with the frame, of course



I wanted to work on a known flat surface, however just simply couldn’t. The whole reason for this project is to end with a known flat surface. Mark S has a great system using 2 bys, but I don’t have a jointer, so that was out. Fortunately for me, my garage surface is REASONABLY flat, so it had to suffice.

From there, it was simply a matter of gluing the rows/columns in:


Before my hiatus, I had rough cut most of the parts I put together today. The only exception was the last 2 rows of small squares. I figured (rightly) that they would need to be cut to fit. As you can see, I ended up with 2 rows that were almost 2 times the other 4. That’s what I was shooting for (or at least, I’ll claim that, and you’ll never know the difference!)


Next is the top/bottom and then the legs. I haven’t decided what to make the top out of. I was going with MDF, then I thought maybe plywood with a hardboard attached to the top for easy replacement…any suggestions?

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#1 posted 01-22-2008 02:27 AM

Have you considered melamine? It is dense, chemical resistant, flat and cheap.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 01-22-2008 02:57 AM

A hardboard insert like you suggested seems to be the best option. You can turn it over once and is’t under $10 to replace. I woulld use mdf instead of plywood. Cheaper and perfectly flat.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-22-2008 10:59 AM

Sturdy looking grid. Torsion boxes are great, but they can get awful heavy.

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#4 posted 01-22-2008 03:45 PM

I have some timberstrand building studs ( engineered lumber ) left over from a recent framing project and was thinking of using those to build a flat surface for an assembly table. Anyone ever done that before?

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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