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...
In this quick video, I glue up the base, reinforce the miters, and attach the cabinet to the base. Due to my router being down, progress will be slow until I get it fixed which should be in a few days.
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 fini...
Well, my casters came in from my local Woodwerks store. Just as in previous entries, the casters are the most expensive part of this project. The casters I have been using lock both the wheel and the pivot as well. Without the double lock, when you push on the table, the pivot will spin – and you can move the table – even when locked. Let’s install the casters next: Below: These are the casters (with double lock mechanism) Below: Use the bottom of the caster to...
Well, I finished up sanding the various parts with my orbital sander. Now it is time to assemble the shop table. follow the pictures below: Below: Glue & screw the leg to the bottom unit (the lower shelf). Below: I used a Clamp-It square from Rockler to insure that the leg was square. If you don’t have one of these, use a square piece of MDF or other 90 degree guide. Above: The second legs is hooked on…I used my bar clamps to secure the leg while I work...
A video showing how to make some really good wooden bar clamps. End your clamp shortage now! Build some clamps which only cost a few pounds to make and could be better than clamps you can buy. These clamps don’t mark the wood or stain from glue.
Since I built my sawmill a year or so ago, I’ve had one major problem. Getting logs here to mill.I tried using my log arch but, with a 24” diameter log on it, there is no fun at all in pulling it on the highway with a big log, “just a swingin” behind you, held by a couple of straps, on a trailer with no springs. I’ve tried pulling them on the trailer and then pulling them off, but that way tearing up my trailer. My trailer is a 20 footer, abou...
Hey LJ, Check out my video showing how to make a wooden slingshot like the classic ones you can by. Maybe make one for your kids and prove to them how exciting woodwork can be.
Wow, what a deal! I had been searching for a new battery drill. My old one was a 2-speed Kawasaki that I got for $50 at Costco. While it wasn’t a bad drill it had many features I disliked but accepted because of the low cost. While driving a screw, the trigger started to smoke so I yanked the battery and went shopping. No! I didn’t do it on purpose! I found a great deal on an 18v Dewalt with a half inch chuck at HD for $119. Checked online and my local store had 5 of th...
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