|Project by Lockwatcher||posted 04-03-2011 09:24 PM||13902 views||50 times favorited||14 comments|
NOTE: I built this back in October, and it has been featured on many of my projects (they were sitting on it!)...
This is my assembly table – pulled from the pages of Wood Magazine (March 2010). The top is about 4’ square (that’s a yardstick on the top in the second picture). It stands about 31” tall and is fantastic for building things on! I used to (just like most of us) build things on top of my table saw surface to give me a flat place to work. Not anymore…the top is two pieces of MDF built up as a torsion box (pictures 5 & 6). This does two things: 1) makes the surface very flat…and 2) makes the table very heavy. I edged the top with pine, and sealed it with polyurethane.
I used double locking casters (both the wheel and pivot lock) to make it more stable. I had tried cheaper Harbour Freight casters – I could still push the table around the shop – even with the wheels locked.
The frame elements are built using re-dimensioned contruction grade lumber (2×10’s cut down to size). This reduced warping, and was very inexpensive to build. I had a bit of waste, but most of the waste was knots or other bad areas. larger construction lumber (not 2×4’s) tend to be flatter (selectively) and cleaner (less knots) than a lot of the 2×4 lumber.
In my case I had the room to add this to my shop…if you are low on room, you could build just the top, and then use it on top of saw horses etc.
-- Lockwatcher, Ohio, http://www.lockwatcher.com/