|Project by Sailor||posted 07-15-2010 02:01 PM||7407 views||28 times favorited||13 comments|
I needed a good place to rip down my sheet goods instead of on a few 2×4’s on the floor, so I decided to build this platform to make it a little easier on myself and it definately did that.
I built this out of 5/8” plywood ripped down to 4” strips. The overall dimensions of it are 43”x71”. I notched out every joint within the grid 2” on each piece which allowed the joints to lock together. Every joint is glued and tacked with a couple of brad nails ONLY ON THE LOWER HALF, so if you don’t cut more than 2” into your grid you will be fine. I try not to cut into it any more than a quarter of an inch, most of the time less than that though.
You can see where I also notched the pieces to sit on my folding sawhorses. This makes it pretty secure and also makes it where you are always cutting on the correct side, the side without the brad nails.
I doubled up the outside of the longest runs on each side to provide more strength, I think it did just that because this thing is pretty sturdy. No problem cutting MDF on this thing, and it can even be used as an assembly area if needed since it is pretty flat.
I put some shelf brackets on the wall so that I could hang it up out of the way.
If you have yet to build one of these for yourself and have been putting it off, you need to, it makes it so much easier to cut your plywood.