|Project by MT_Stringer||posted 02-09-2017 06:57 PM||2462 views||13 times favorited||13 comments|
This new table is the worktable of my dreams, and I have had many dreams!
Over the Christmas holidays, I built the top, then demoed my old bench and built a new frame similar to the one Jay Bates built for his bench. Just simple 2×4 construction. However, I did make sure the roll out drawer that was under the old bench would still fit. And as it turned out, the new bench is larger so there was room for another roll out drawer!
I got a lot of inspiration from Ron Paulk and his total station. I have some of his plans that I have used as reference in the past.
And then there is Earl Davidson Woodworks. Thank you so much for sharing your table build. I thought the pull out drawers were a great idea so I incorporated them into my table. I added guides to the drawer runners so the drawer would pull out and return in a straight line. Waxing the runners makes the drawers easy to pull out.
My new table is 36×60. I don’t have room for anything larger. The holes are 3/4 inch diameter, and as you can see, I have drilled vertical holes on the sides. Since the top doesn’t have an overhang, these work great for clamping needs.
On the end nearest the table saw, I built a bracket to hold a kraft paper roll. That has worked out nice.
On the other end of the table, I installed the woodworking vise from the old table.
Also, I kept the deep drawers from the old bench and used them in this one. I had to do a little creative retrofitting, but I got them to fit and only had to build one (on the right). They are deep and provide a lot of storage room for clamps.
OK. Time for the clamps. Who needs to buy expensive clamps when your buddy has a welding machine? :-) I asked him if he would help modify some clamps. We removed the ends of each clamp, and then welded on a 5/16 rod about 3 inches long. Then the sharp end was ground off leaving a radius that would allow the clamp to drop through the hole and stand up for clamping.
Overall, this was a fun project. And so far, it is everything I could have asked for.
-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas