|Project by Viking||posted 03-23-2010 10:44 PM||11820 views||10 times favorited||8 comments|
I find that one of the most difficult tasks in my shop is handling and cutting full 4’ x 8’ sheet goods to sizes manageable on my table saw, etc. In the past, I wrestled sheets of plywood onto saw horses which was never fun as the saw horses sometimes tried to tip over with sliding of the sheets.
I got my copy of Tom Clark’s book “Practical Shop Cabinets” a couple of weeks ago and reading it I found Tom’s sheet goods cutting bench near the end of the book. He made his from scrap already in his shop.
I had a fairly large pile of left over pressure treated 2×4’s and 1×4’s from an outdoor project and decided to kill two birds with one stone;
1. Make my scrap pile smaller.
2. Using the PT wood will allow me to place the cutting bench outside my shop under roof (saving floor space inside shop) and make it very convenient to pull full size sheets from back of my pickup and slide them right onto the cutting bench.
The 2×4’s, on top of the cutting bench, are held on by some deeply countersunk #10×2” screws to avoid hitting them with saw blade but, easily removeable later if they get too chewed up.
Dimensions are 92” L x 40” W and 32” to top of the 2×4’s that sheets lay on.
I plan to give the whole bench a good coat of water sealer for protection and it should last for many years.
Thanks for looking and many thanks to Tom Clark for the great idea.
Added picture showing how simple (not backbreaking) it is to unload full 4’ x 8’ sheets from my truck and onto the cutting table.
-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas