My Workcenter

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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 01-14-2011 10:22 PM 5879 views 19 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This unit I built this past year. Because of a small shop I needed a work center that was small but usefull to store supplys, use as assembly table and provide a place that I could do my routing and planing. The size is about 30” x 50” I have wheels that allows me to roll around and make room for other things. So far this has helped expedite the building of my projects. The top is a 2” thhick door that was going to be thrown away. Nice and heavy. Still plan to paint once I get ready to paint the rest of my shop. I’d be glad to share with others some particulars of this project.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 10:49 PM

A multi-tasking router table, you might say. I like it a lot.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 12:11 AM

Hey Tom, welcome to LJs :) That’s a nice working unit! lots of working space, and of course recycling that door into something useful is a plus.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 01:56 AM

Very clever! So versatile.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 02:46 AM

What a great work center. I like it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 03:44 AM

I haven’t done a router table yet and really like what you have done. Any sharing of plans would be appreciated.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 05:17 AM

very nice work. How did you go abouts making the fence?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 05:23 AM

Neat idea.

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#8 posted 01-15-2011 09:41 AM

Tom , this is a great use of space and i am speaking from experience ! I put something like this together about 4 or 5 years ago to maximize my small shop layout. And like You I use it as my router table with lots of storage space, but it also doubles as my TS outfeed table. As I am sure you have discovered , it is a great addition to Your shop, I use mine just about every time I am down in the shop. I am in the process of upgrading My router fence and took notice of your design, it looks very impressive from what I can see along with the rest of the tables construction, very solid project. Thanks for the peek and be safe !

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

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#9 posted 01-15-2011 05:17 PM

Great idea, nice design!! Very useful – nice job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#10 posted 02-03-2011 05:27 AM

Nice job. I am wanting to build a router table soon.

-- Had we known Grankids were this much fun we would have had them first.

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#11 posted 01-31-2013 08:42 PM

Like it, nice job

-- Dave, from Canada,

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Tom Pritchard

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#12 posted 01-31-2013 08:47 PM


Thanks for your response. This is my most used items in my shop. The wheels I had put on, were a bit undersized. Planning to replace soon. Besides that it has worked great. I hope to compile my drawing plans and give away.So if interested, I would be willing to share with you.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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Jon White

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#13 posted 01-02-2014 01:30 AM

Great project. Outstanding use of space for those of us with smaller shops.
I have been puzzling over a similar design, but can’t quite figure out the supporting structure.
Have you posted your plans anywhere?
Having used this table/bench for awhile, would you make any changes?

-- Jon, San Diego

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