Assembly Table / Hydraulic Lift

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Project by Robsshop posted 12-27-2010 06:37 AM 10906 views 53 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is My assembly table I put together a while back, it is a torsion box design that I mated with a hydraulic lift cart purchased at Northern Tool Co. I don’t have a large area for assembling projects, so I wanted a table that could be maneuvered into different positions to make better use of the available floor space. I also liked the fact that I can raise and lower the table to multiple heights, useful when working on taller projects. The tables dimensions are 30”w x 54”L x 6”T . It can adjust from 16” to 40”+ in Hgt. I put locking casters on the cart and I can clamp the table to my workbench,making the table good and sturdy.This also creates a T-shaped work surface which comes in handy on many assembly tasks.The top has a removable Masonite surface with the one side being used for glue-ups (waxed)and one side used for prep work. the torsion box is constructed with MDF and trimmed in Red Oak. I sized the table to fit under My workbench when extra floor space is needed and I also can install My straight edge clamp with a miter rail creating a large (90) angle which is very useful for dry-fitting and squaring up projects during assembly. It has worked out perfectly for My needs and is very useful in other ways as well (i.e. outfeed table,transporting of projects to finishing area) I have had some inquiries on the table so I hope this sheds some Light on the subject and thanks for taking a look !! ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 06:43 AM

You will find it to be extremely useful. I did the same with a harbor freight lift cart I bought a couple of years ago. I have a 24” x 60” removable top on mine that fastens with lynch pins for stability and easy removal. I use it alot and it is a back saver.

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 07:36 AM

I also have this lift and use it to lift big logs to my lathe and other lifting! very handy indeed, but I have not mounted a table top to it yet. I also find that it will slowly lower over a few days and wonder if I should add more hydraulic fluid to the jack that gives it lift. Thanks for posting!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 08:25 AM

Thanks Erwin for Taking a look and Yes,very useful in the shop ! Although not an expert on Hydraulics I do have some experience with using Hydra assisted tools at my work and it is typical of most HD tools to bleed down over time and adding oil is only necessary if low of coarse. One good practice in using HD tools/lifts is to unload the the ram (lower) when not in use. Leaving it loaded wares out the inner workings(seals) quicker ! So try lowering the lift when not in use, especially over night and see if that helps . ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 08:58 AM

Hey Rob,
Cool lift table and sweet shop….nice job.

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 09:42 AM

Cool idea and a nice job. Thanks for sharing.

-- RayCurtis

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 05:08 PM

good idea
looks like it will work out great
I also would love to have your collection of clamps

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#7 posted 12-27-2010 06:29 PM

I need one of these

-- Happy woodworking!

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 12-27-2010 06:32 PM

That is a real good addition to any shop. I have a lot of roll around tables , but having it height adjustable would be a big plus. Thanks for sharing!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 12-28-2010 05:17 AM

Another good idea for a lift table. I use my lift table to move my drum sander and spindle/belt sander out when I use them. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 12-28-2010 05:31 AM

I have been looking at a motorcycle lift table for my GoldWing but did not want to sacrifice the garage space. This answers the question of what to do with the lift when it doesn’t have the GoldWing on it.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#11 posted 12-28-2010 07:18 AM

Thanks for the feed back and comments, always appreciated !

@brianinpa – Owning a motorcycle myself I was originally looking at that style lift for the dual purpose You speak of, but couldn’t find one with in My budget ! I hope You are able to put one together and post it for us to see and its potential with in a garage shop setting ! Good luck.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#12 posted 12-28-2010 02:57 PM

Love the addition. Have had one of these for about 6 years and used it to lift and move items from back of my Durango and also to install/uninstall window air conditioners each year. Got to make a removable top like you did. Thanks for the inspiration.


-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#13 posted 12-28-2010 09:02 PM

Hello Rob

This a good idea
Well done

You must have good ideas if you have a little shop

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#14 posted 12-29-2010 05:58 AM

@Diggerjacks- I 2cd. that about little shop thinking DJ ,and thanks for the comments ! Hope all is well for You across the way there !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#15 posted 02-10-2011 04:08 AM

Love the lift idea. Adjusting the assembly table is so important to my back.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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