Assembly Table - Overkill?

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Project by twobyfour16 posted 12-15-2014 11:55 PM 4725 views 24 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After watching the Wood Whisperer’s video on Torsion Box Assembly Table, I put it on the list of projects to get done. I work in a space-limited 2-car garage, although no cars ever live in there. I was in desperate need of more storage space, and this was the solution. It also doubles as the outfeed table for my Sawstop.

I had some black walnut lumber that I acquired some time ago (cheap) because of poor color match on the edge gluing – it was all 1×8 – 7ft to 8 ft pieces. So I decided to use that & jumped in. Bought a sheet of 3/4” walnut plywood (Shop grade), a couple sheets of 3/4” maple ply, one sheet of 1/2” maple ply, and 3 sheets of 3/4” Ultra-light MDF for the top

Here’s the walnut ply

Started cutting up the ply & edge banding the parts that were going to show.

Customized the plans a bit to fit my space & decided to run a dust collection pipe from the end furthest away from where my table saw will be – so I cut a the ply to create a little “tunnel” for a 4” dust collection pipe.

Built it pretty much exactly how the Wood Whisperer did, although I made adjustments to accomodate 6 leveling feet (my garage slopes slightly from back to front, which was going to cause some leveling problems).

Had a bunch of Sapele left over, so used that to build the drawer boxes – with 1/2” maple ply for the bottoms

Drawer fronts out of Walnut, then onto the torsion box top – modified from WoodWhisper plan, but basically the same construction method. Really glad I went with the lighter MDF.

Put a sheet of black laminate (formica) on the top, and trimmed the whole top with black walnut. Screwed the walnut trim in & plugged the holes with some random dowel I had laying around.

Finished dimensions are 48” wide and 76” long. 14 drawers with full extension heavy duty slides, 4 doors, and a lot of space. I don’t have my dust collection finished yet, and I still need to cut grooves in for the miter gauge on the outfeed of the table saw, but I already love this thing. Space is great, and some place to work on projects. Very pleased with the finished project. I suppose some people may say it was a waste of walnut & sapele mahogany, and they are probably right – but I didn’t have to buy any lumber for it, and I like how it turned out – it will get years of hard use.

Thanks for looking. Comments, suggestions, ideas are always welcome – I’m still working out the ‘kinks’ in my woodworking skills.

-- Allan, Portland, OR

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#1 posted 12-16-2014 12:30 AM

I like it! Great use of the scrap walnut and sapele. My shop is also in a 2 car garage and although we don’t park inside it, I need extra space occasionally to work on a car. So, I built my assembly table into more of a workbench (heavy duty) and put it on casters so I can get that extra space when needed. You might also like my wood storage system. Great project here Twobyfour! Very pro work.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#2 posted 12-16-2014 12:34 AM

Dadoo – Thanks for your comments. I checked you your workshop & really like your mobile workbench. Nice. I have the good fortune of no cars in the shop, so I have the table saw and assembly table stationary. pretty much everything else is on wheels, though. Thanks again!

-- Allan, Portland, OR

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#3 posted 12-16-2014 03:31 AM

Nice job on the assembly table. With the drawers you could hold a ton of stuff and keep it free of dust – tucked away. As far as “overkill” I don’t think so. You said it yourself in the write-up – ” It will get years of hard use”. Well done!

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#4 posted 12-16-2014 06:34 AM

Being one for not much overkill in my shop fixtures,LOL I think your bench is wht I call a Killer Bench… As my girls would say Sick… You will spend many hours over that Bench and all your hard work will be worth it….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#5 posted 12-16-2014 11:49 AM

Nice build! would love to have a bench of that size..

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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Kaleb the Swede

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#6 posted 12-16-2014 12:26 PM

Wow! No sense in not taking pride in something that you will use everyday. Overkill? No, just shows you care about what you like. Great work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#7 posted 12-16-2014 12:38 PM

Just because it’s in a shop, don’t mean it can’t look nice. This shows a lot of pride!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 12-16-2014 03:52 PM

Love the large space and the extra room that the drawers provide. Excellent use of scraps.!!!

-- - Amateur but learning all the time -

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#9 posted 12-16-2014 04:46 PM

That is one beautiful job on the outfeed/storage/assembly table for your shop.
After I got my sawstop table saw, I also felt the need for a new outfeed table and after I finished I just couldn’t bring myself to cut notches for the miter slots. I just dropped it down to just enough for the miter gauge to clear and I’ve been very happy with that ever since.
Very nice work on this beautiful bench.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#10 posted 12-16-2014 05:42 PM

Dennie – thanks for the comments. I have seriously considered not cutting the notches in also. How has it worked out to have the table a bit lower? Any problems?

-- Allan, Portland, OR

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#11 posted 12-16-2014 08:11 PM

Allan, I’ve had no issues with my outfeed table being slightly (1-2”) lower than the saw table. The only time an outfeed table is even necessary is when cutting long stock or sheet goods and by the time the stock leaves the table saw surface, you don’t even notice the slight drop.
My thinking was, if it doesn’t work, I can always cut those grooves later…but it has never been necessary.
Your table is a work of art and I’d be leery about cutting the top…but that’s just me!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#12 posted 12-16-2014 09:14 PM

sorry Allan, I meant to say 1/2” lower (actually probably more like 3/8”) but it looks like I typed 1-2” in the previous post. That would be too low.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#13 posted 12-16-2014 09:51 PM

Very nice table! And a BUNCH of storage space to boot. Good job !

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Marcio Wilges

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#14 posted 12-17-2014 05:05 AM

I like how you are very meticulous about the little details like the opening tunnel for the dust pipe and fixing the drawer boxes. I think overall it is a job really well done and the color looks majestic and really suit your passion. For my workshop, the work table is just a mobile table that can ease moving the tools and craftworks all around the garage to save time and lessen effort.

-- Marcio Wilges @

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#15 posted 12-18-2014 03:36 PM

Beautiful! – it’s okay to have nice schtuff in the shop too! Very cool! – Will be stealing from your design as well! I really like the thought you put in and how it turned out! – Great job!!!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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