Scrap wood assembly table

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Project by Grumpymike posted 07-21-2014 06:28 PM 2438 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

LJ-Cfry asked me the other day what I made from the scraps that I picked up at a construction site, Well here it is, an assembly table made from 2×4’s and a few 2×6’s that I pulled from the scrap pile.
After checking for and removing nails, I sent then through the joiner and the planer to be sure they were all of uniform size.
Then I glued them up in 12 inch widths by 48 inches long, clamped them up and then took the 12 inch slabs and glued them together to make the 48×48 inch table top.
As you will notice in the second photo, it is a combination of Red fir (Douglas Fir), white fir, pine, and other common construction lumber.
I Used the Wood Whisperer’s method to flatten the top with a router, and it is dead flat and truly level.
The legs and frame are from 2×4’s that were not milled, just cut to length and joined with biscuits and pocket holes and good old tight bond III.
After it was all assembled I banded the top with maple scraps I had in the shop and painted the base with a $2 can of Kelly Green, (found in the oops pile at Lowes) and wiped on the Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) three times.
Like the old timer said, “Ain’t much for pretty, but sure hell for stout”.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#1 posted 07-21-2014 06:32 PM

Looks good and sturdy, nice build.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 07-21-2014 06:32 PM

Looks great. But mainly it’s functional. Which is the main requirement in most of our shops.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 07-21-2014 06:34 PM


-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#4 posted 07-21-2014 07:08 PM

Nice table , Mike!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-21-2014 07:45 PM

What is this router-method for flattening tops?

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#6 posted 07-21-2014 09:29 PM

Nice project!

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#7 posted 07-21-2014 10:55 PM

Hell; most of us is a long shot from pretty; but, still fairly sturdy considering all the “Damned Age/damage!”.

Very nice table!

Another contender for my title of TYA (Tightwad of Year AWARD)

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 07-22-2014 12:22 AM

Andygulfcoast … Watch the Woodwhisperer web site where Mark (Splundirio??) builds his work bench … Basically, after the top is built, you place two perfectly straight rails on either side; then placing a sled that is an elongated box with a slot in the bottom across the rails. Working the router back and forth with a straight bit until the entire top is covered … (yeah its that much work, but I bought the biggest straight bit that I could find 1 1/4”).

Edit: Just looked up Marc Spagnuolo’s (correct spelling) web site

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#9 posted 08-03-2014 04:50 PM

Just found this, Mike, yeah, I’m slow on the uptake most of the time. That’s a great looking pile of construction scraps! My “fine” woodworking should look so good. Dead flat is an accomplishment I’m still trying to attain on my bench using hand planes a little at a time. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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