|Project by Polishcannon||posted 04-08-2016 01:03 AM||1511 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
I have needed a good outfeed table and addition multipurpose assembly table for a long time. I finally decided to take the time to build one, and one that would last. I intend to keep customizing the table as my shop needs progress.
I started with a bunch of left over 3×3 Spanish cedar stock from a tricked out timber framed carport I built years ago. I made my table legs and frame using mortise and tenon joinery. First glueing up 3 H frames, or leg assemblies, then adding the stretchers to complete the table frame.
The table top is torsion box construction, using 3/4” MDF sheet goods laminated with SPF framing lumber for the internal grid work. I straighten and milled down the 2x material to 1 1/4” thick. The perimeter frame is ~ 3 1/4” x 1 1/4” to allow for the future mounting of vises. The internal grid is 1 1/4” x 1 1/2” members 8” OC. After assembly of the top, a sheet of Masonite hard board was added as a replaceable sacrificial surface. The entire top was the wrap in red oak 1”x 4” and edges rounded over, for a durable edge.
I used wood closet rod to make stub tenons at the four corners of the frame. These dowels are indexed to the top with four holes bored in the bottom layer of the MDF top. I also added work bench casters to the outer four legs to allow for moving the table in the shop. The top is removable to allow for future shop move.
I am going to add plywood panels to the lower framework to provide shelves, and much needed storage space for bench top tools. I would like to add cabinets below for additional storage. I also plan to add a builders paper roll hanger on the end of the table for glue ups, and a multi-outlet electrical strip to the top stretcher for sanding and power tools.
It feels good to finally take time to build something for myself, that will be so well ultilized in the future.