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Project by sIKE posted 2345 days ago 11634 views 35 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is from the Wood Magazine #178 issue. I needed a place in my shop as I build it out to assemble things and I am not ready to build my “WorkBench”. I was using the top of my tablesaw to do this type of work, but it is hard on both the TS and the tools. When this plan came out it was the second project I completed in my shop after the Lumber Storage rack. It works very well, the casters are dual locking, it is assembled with Birch ply, Maple, Pine 2×4 (legs), and has a replaceable Hardboard top.

The only problem is since I have a 52in rails on my TS, the resulting table is very long and I have developed a slight sway in the center of the table which means that the edges are higher and the center is lower than the TS. This hasn’t caused any real issues as I have been able to shift the bench so that the high corner has not caused any problems. I have been thinking on how to resolve this delima and the only thing at this point is to use 1”x 1/4” aluminium to re-enforce the front board from behind.

I am open to suggestions…

The drawer boxes are for a future project to add some storage under the table of my TS supplies. These were given to me and are maple with dovetails.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"





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GaryK

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#1 posted 2345 days ago

That’s pretty cool. I haven’t seen that before.

How do you lock the wheels in the down position?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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sIKE

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#2 posted 2345 days ago

There are two handles in the back pictures that rotate the wheel assembly from the Up to the Down positions. In the down postion the table rests on leg levers from Woodcraft.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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tpastore

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#3 posted 2345 days ago

I saw this when I was looking through the wood magazine plans page (which is awesome for ideas on things for the workshop) Here is the link: Wood Magazine workbench

The hdden secret is the cool rotating 2×4 that the casters are mounted to. Nice job with the build!

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2345 days ago

Very nice project. I looked at this one and thought about building it but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I may have to move it up on my to do list.

The only thing I did not like about the table was having to remove the fence in order to slide the table over the saw. But it is a space saving addition that give you plenty of work space.

The aluminum may do the trick. Something else to consider, although it would involve work, is to re-do the top as a torsion box. That should eliminate the sag but it would entail redoing the entire top.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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sIKE

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#5 posted 2345 days ago

Thanks! The casters are mounted to 1×3 Maple with 3/4” dado plowed through the centers then glue with the dados facing each other, then a 1/2” steel pipe is ran thru and bolted down. The handles are are mounted to the end of the pipe and rotates the whole assembly. It is very cool. The end pannels are very important to get right. They have to be tall enough to lift the top over the table saw, but just short enough for the top to be co-planer with the TS top. I will be posting up another project here soon with that mistake being re-purposed.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Critterman

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#6 posted 2345 days ago

I remember seeing this in the issue too, but like you said yours is a lot longer. Very cool…wish I had room for one :>) I agree along with the rest of the guys, torsion box would fix it, but the aluminum would be a whole lot less work. Let us know what you do.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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Bruce

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#7 posted 2345 days ago

Nice job. I have a small garage as a workshop so I know where you are coming from on the space issue. Where did you get your locking casters? I just ordered a set from ebay for a planer cart.

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#8 posted 2345 days ago

Probably going to need steel to reinforce the front edge. Angle iron or square tubing. Alum is pretty flexible.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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sIKE

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#9 posted 2345 days ago

TopE5

It really helps when you are the builder of the building you can put things exactly where you want them, still the only problem is that it may not be where you need it or you just lost your mind and put something in a bad place.

Dave Herron
Even on edge? Was hoping to not to have to deal with paint and rust issues…..

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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DaveH

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#10 posted 2345 days ago

I’d turn the table upside down and attach the iron to the table top and face frame on the inside I’d use a 2 to 3 inch angle iron ( whatever will be hidden from view ). Make sure the top is flat when you attached the iron.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#11 posted 2324 days ago

I built one of those for the table saw in the garage. It is an invaluable tool and really helps save space (not to mention makes a great outfeed table). I have a similar problem in that my top is bowed-up in the middle. It’s 3/4” hardwood ply, so I don’t think I can flip it and get it flattened by soaking and pressing. I’ll probably just have to replace the top.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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sIKE

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#12 posted 2323 days ago

I think the bowing has more to do with the front rail more than anything else. I am going to use some form or metal to reinforce the from rail. I will probably have to cut a new front rail before I add the metal. Dave is saying iron and I am still thinking I could get away with aluminum not worried about the cost but rust…

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#13 posted 2163 days ago

Thats a nice saw and a nice set up.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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jcop30

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#14 posted 1930 days ago

nice use of space

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ugoboy

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#15 posted 1438 days ago

Pretty darn cool. Nice use of space.

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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