|Project by Thepps||posted 03-09-2016 01:50 AM||3531 views||33 times favorited||23 comments|
So, over the past few months, I’ve really been trying to organize my workshop. After a while, I decided I needed a new cabinet to store more things in. But, I can’t just make a normal cabinet, it has to have some cool features. I wanted an assembly table but also something that would make it easier (and do a better job) to assemble face frames. This is what I came up with.
It’s a standard cabinet on the bottom with six drawers and mounted on casters. The top has the Kreg Clamp Track around the outside that works great with the Kreg Automaxx clamps. There is also a sheet of formica cemented to the top for durability.
The top is mounted on hinges with a kickstand that allows it to swing up to a 52 degree angle. (This was the largest angle that I could acquire without making a more complicated kickstand.) This configuration is designed for assembling face frames with pocket holes. I got the idea from one that Kreg sells:
The kickstand is simply mounted on hinges and rests in grooved holders when in use.
When not in use, the kickstand tucks neatly out of the way.
So, for normal operations, the top stays down and I can use the Automaxx clamps around the entire perimeter. When I assemble face frames, I simply lift the top and sit the kickstand in the holder. The track is recessed so it is flush with the table top. To assemble face frames, I use Kreg Klamp blocks to keep the stock parallel with the table.
Everything is very sturdy, in both positions. There is no movement either way.
Haven’t had the chance to use it much, but I did try out some quick pocket hole joinery. And, it worked great.
Thanks for looking!
-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL