|Project by Chuck McIntyre||posted 10-03-2015 02:52 PM||1280 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I finally got this little project wrapped up last night. This was a project I had been thinking about for a while. A large cabinet project was the deciding factor.
It is built, for the most part, of construction grade ply. For some reason, I had four sheets of it taking up space in my basement. I figured that would be a great way to pit it to use. Unfortunately, after cutting it all down, I remembered I had bought that to build a lumber rack. Oh well.
The top measures 48-1/2” by 49”. It is a torsion box made of 1/2”” MDF. I was going to use 3/4” MDF for the perimeter of the box and the skins and 1/2” for the internal grid but had a TON of 1/2” laying around. I covered the torsion box with a sheet of 3/4” melamine for smoothness and ease of adding the T-tracks. I am very excited about the incorporation of the T-tracks. I allowed the top to overhang the base by 4” on each side to give me a little more flexibility when clamping.
I extended the base to allow room for storage for my crosscut sled. You can see this in the third picture. This elongated base also allowed me to leave a small shelf for all the things I can never seem to find (tape measure, pencils, etc.). I also added a clamp rack to that end for some of the smaller clamps that seem to be used the most.
The other end will be facing the table saw. I added a French cleat system on this end for my miter gauge, dado stack and other table saw accessories. I still need to make the individual holders and put the system to use.
Drawer storage below the crosscut sled shelf allows for sanding and gluing supplies to be close at hand. It also allows for some tool storage.
The opposite side features a bay for the shop vac and a couple shelves.
The base is made of 2×4’s with some heavy duty feet from Rockler. I was going to put it on casters but ultimately decided there wouldn’t really be anywhere to move it to and I really wanted the ability to level it (uneven concrete floor below!). The top sits about 1/8” below the table saw height.
Any comments and feedback would be appreciated.
Thanks for looking!
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