Foldout Workbench

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Project by Tycho998 posted 11-13-2011 10:50 PM 2726 views 19 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since my shop does double duty between woodworking and mechanical the foldout workbench from Wood mag looked like just the thing. The basic plans I liked but the base just did not work right. As mentioned by Tradeturnhobby a week ago the casters would bind so I changed the design. One problem with the mod after everything else was built was that the table top is now 5/8 inch taller than my table saw, no using it as a out feed table. I put some built-in storage for misc items, this was well worth the effort. When I installed the table top I was surprised on the stability and the freedom of moving around the top so instead of installing 4 legs I went with a cross support. This has worked just fine. I put a 70 pound vise on the edge and it did not tip over so the brace will stay as is. I also went with a melamine top because it would cleanup better that varnished MDF.
Overall a fun and useful project.

-- Wayne, Cornwall, Ont

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 01:53 AM

Nice job on this, I have been thinking of making it with a thin Piece of metal on it for a welding table. I like the storgage idea as well.

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

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#2 posted 11-14-2011 06:18 AM

Nice job Wayne,

Can you raise your TS 5/8”

-- It seem's to me i could live my life, a lot better than i think i am. Andrew, Midland, Ont.

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#3 posted 11-14-2011 04:01 PM

Just what I need. Thanks for showing it, Saved it in favorites.

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 05:17 PM

You are blowing my mind right now! Awesome work.

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#5 posted 11-14-2011 10:48 PM

Actually looking at the design as a sort of “card table”. More stable than the original “kid table” version.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#6 posted 11-16-2011 05:59 AM

I gotta have one of those!

-- Sptfish, Naples, Florida,

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#7 posted 11-16-2011 08:23 AM

The top is 2 5/8 plywood laminated and 5/8 melamine so the top is probably heavier than the entire base, so I would say it would work fine for a light welding table. I have it packed with snowmobile parts right now and it is totally stable. You may want to put the legs on though for metalwork.

DYankee, Funny you should say that, my neighbor, after seeing it, has just asked for a card table with an Octagon top, but made from hard wood. I think it would be workable, use maybe 2 Oak pedestals instead of a box frame.

ArtistryinWood. The TS is already on a mobile base so maybe I could shim the legs to even it up.

-- Wayne, Cornwall, Ont

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