|Project by Lockwatcher||posted 03-06-2011 06:28 AM||10438 views||70 times favorited||14 comments|
I have been building a number of these tables for use in my shop. This is my latest set. These are built using re-dimensioned construction lumber (2 X10’s). By using larger lumber cut down, I can get some really clean and straight pieces. If I used 2 X 4’s, I would have had a lot of warping and other problems. The larger construction lumber is cheap enough to be able to buy a little extra and be selective in what you use (I rip mine on the table saw and jointer).
The tall one is a regular shop table that will hold my belt sander, along with a removable unit for changing out various other items (like my dovetail jig). The shorter unit was built to hold my planer. I wanted the lower unit to put the wood at a more natural height for planing lumber. I also adjusted the size of the top to fit the planer I intend to use. The one on the right has no fitted top, as I am using a seperate wide top (24” X 30”). This add-on top allows for a larger work surface. I will add a 2 1/2” edge around that top to finish it. On my previous unit, I used a formica top (edged with Poplar). With the exception of the castors, the rest of this table can be built for $25 or less!
Speaking of castors – don’t go cheap…the castors I use are 6” tall (total height), and lock both the wheel and the pivot. This is the only way to ensure non-movement of the table. I had tried using some Harbour Freight castors…I could push the table all over the shop while locked. The castors I used cost about $12 each through Woodwerks (local store)....Rockler and Woodcraft also sell them.
Here is my blog with complete instructions for building your own!
-- Lockwatcher, Ohio, http://www.lockwatcher.com/