|Project by cpd011||posted 12-15-2014 10:26 PM||1891 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
Living in Chicago where apparently the winter now starts in September, I needed a work solution because I have an unattached poorly heated garage workshop. My job allows me to troll the alleys and I came upon a small dining room table (oak??). I took it home and cut it down into 4 – 12” x 20” pieces. I laminated these together, cleaned up the edges and then used a t-slotting bit to cut t-slots top and bottom and around all four sides. I drilled dog holes on both ends (for planing stops) and finished it off with some tung oil. On the bottom I used some spray adhesive to mount 4 – 2”x2” rubber mats which give it an excellent grip on most surfaces. The end result has exceeded my expectations. It weighs about 25 pounds and with any downward pressure it doesn’t budge. I’m using some small rockler hold downs which allow me to clamp things to the surface or vertically on the face of the bench. Now mind you it is made for small work but I’ve been using it for some Christmas dulcitars and it has worked out splendidly. Now I can take care of some smaller projects and not freeze my keester off.