Multifunction Shop Table

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Project by LocalPride posted 01-31-2009 03:49 AM 3902 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Introducing my multifunctional work table. I have limited space so I really have to make things practical as well as functional. I started with making the base…It’s fairly simple mortise and tenon joinery using 2x’s. Then I added the doors and drawer. Looking at the pricey router tables on the market I figured I could make my own top and buy the essential accessories that would keep everything flush and square. I spent a couple of bucks on the fence and insert, but I still saved on making the top myself. The safety switch was fun to install just some basic electric work adding safety switch and receptacle to the side. After the router top, I made the assembly top. The bottom is a heavy old kitchen table. I added the hardboard and trimmed it out with maple. I got the idea for the clamp table from Festool…but instead of spending $600 I spent $25 on a piece of MDF and still have left over. I measured out a grid and drilled 1” holes every 4”. All of the tops have 3 coats of wipe on satin poly. I added 1×3’s on the bottom with t-nuts so that the tops are secure to the base. I am looking forward to many projects with these tops and maybe it’ll give you an idea on how to do it cheaper with a little imagination. Enjoy!

-- Dan -- Always work like a gentleman.

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Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 01-31-2009 04:30 AM

Great project!!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 01-31-2009 04:38 AM

Very nice job! I have been considering doing something like this with my router table. It is held in place by gravity and blocks that sit right within the case to keep it from moving. I have thought about building a down draft table that would use the dust collection for the router table. One of the magazine’s reciently had a good plan that I was thinking of using for inspiration.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#3 posted 01-31-2009 04:42 AM

Very nice project, It just goes to show you don’t need to spend big bucks on accessories for the shop, you can spend that money on some nice wood instead. Now if you could add some sort of vacuum under the clamp table you’d have a sanding station also!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#4 posted 01-31-2009 07:03 AM

Nice job, I forwarded to my son so he might use the top idea for his sander table. THANKS!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 01-31-2009 05:25 PM

I like that idea Paul…all I would have to do is put a dust port on the back of the cabinet and hook up a hose.

-- Dan -- Always work like a gentleman.

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#6 posted 02-01-2009 02:00 AM

good Idea, I need one of these…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#7 posted 02-01-2009 02:52 AM

Great idea and a job well done.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 02-07-2009 03:34 PM

I love looking at projects that have more than one funciton. Great job!

-- "I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them" - Pablo Picasso

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#9 posted 02-15-2009 02:03 AM

Nice shop table!

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#10 posted 09-03-2009 01:58 PM

wow I love multi-functional! This is a great example.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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