|Project by Mainiac Matt||posted 02-13-2017 12:59 AM||1799 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
Some 19 years ago I did the excavation for a size able landscaping contract at a medical office park and I salvaged a wooden desk with a really horrible finish from the trash. I used it as a work bench, then i parked a new drill press on it, then when I got an old Craftsman jointer on a rickety wooden stand I hatched a plan to cut the top and lower a section for the jointer.
I immediately regretted cutting the top when I saw that it was solid wood (Walnut?) and likely could have been refinished with good results. But the deed was done, so I fabricated a motor mount and dust collection hook up.
Later I made a base tray and put the unit up on casters. Then I added a continuous infeed/outfeed and hard mounted my old Delta lunch box to the bottom.
Later yet, I set up a second hand Delta mortice machine with a cross slide vice, and added a thick poly work surface made from an old die press board.
I use the back side to keep my sanders at the ready across from my TS out-feed down draft table.
After setting up shop in the basement of our addition, and no longer needing to move the station, I removed the casters to lower all the surfaces.
For the last ~5 years it has served as a central work area in my shop and has allowed me to have four different stationary tools ready for immediate use in a 60” x 30” footprint.
I recently scored a great deal on a Powermatic 54A jointer and will have to reconfigure or remove the desk work station to make room for it, so I’m documenting it as a project for posterity.
So don’t throw that old desk away… It may make a useful workstation.
-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!