Easy Shop Table II

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Project by Lockwatcher posted 03-06-2011 06:28 AM 36970 views 82 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

Easy Shop Table

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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#1 posted 03-06-2011 06:37 AM

Lookin’ good. I began milling the wood for mine tonight.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 03-06-2011 06:37 AM

good little carts .

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#3 posted 03-06-2011 07:21 AM

Nice simple sturdy design. Well done

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

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#4 posted 03-06-2011 08:22 AM

Great job! You can NEVER have enough shop space, storage or work surfaces. Enjoy and play safe. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 03-06-2011 01:56 PM

Great looking carts… like shop space, you can never have too many surfaces.
I agree on the casters. They are the most important part of the build.
They look really sturdy.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 03-06-2011 02:54 PM

great looking carts, never have enough “top” space!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 03-06-2011 03:10 PM

Nice work and design. Great idea for using lumber this way. Never thought of using casters this size, something to consider. The drum sander I’m building turned out to be way too heavy to handle and I will have to build a cart for it. Tks for sharing.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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#8 posted 03-06-2011 04:24 PM

Very nice. Strong and simple. Do you ever add a drawer? I think I’ll make one for myself.

-- Glen

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#9 posted 03-06-2011 04:30 PM

Great job!! Very useful.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#10 posted 03-06-2011 06:08 PM

Great solution for in the shop.I like you idea of using the 2×10s instead of 2×4s, I will have to think about that the next time i get soem dimensional lumber for my office or shop. In reference to Castors check out Northern Tool for a great selection of really good castors and a good price. I use them for work and also used a set on my lumber cart in my shop.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 03-06-2011 08:10 PM

Don’t you experience any stability problems if you mount a heavy tool on top (say 50lb) ?


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#12 posted 03-08-2011 06:32 AM

I have not had any problems with stability so far…

I have had my Delta Planer on one…am planning to change to a Dewalt 735 soon. I built one for use as a miter saw stand with wings etc. (you can see that on my project page).

I am also using one as a router table stand…with the castors locked, the cart would not move even when routing…

Just make sure once again: castors! castors! castors!

About drawers: while I have not added any as of yet, it should be very easy to either add simple wood guides or even metal standards bridging the uprights from front to back…

Ken C

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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#13 posted 03-10-2011 04:55 PM

I to, love working with construction grade lumber. Mainly because it’s all my budget will allow. The problem I have out here in California is that most all lumber is not kiln dried. It’s all green, wet and heavy. I would have to wait months to dry this stuff out. I can buy kiln dried 2×4s at HD, which is great, but anything wider that 3” has to be edge joined and glued together. No big deal, just a little more work.

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#14 posted 03-10-2011 10:01 PM

Nice little carts there. Just FYI, I have purchased casters from Grizzly in the past. I’ve found they are very nice quality and a little cheaper than other places. I love Grizzly – very fast shipping.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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