Assembly tabe

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Project by thamar posted 04-09-2012 02:05 PM 3201 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished up my assembly table. It is made with 6 old Craftsman table saw cast iron extensions (12” x 27”); 1” Baltic Birch ply shelves; and the top is 1” uhmw plastic (42” x 33”). The total height of the table (28”) is a little lower than my workbench wich should make it a bit easier to assemble some of the larger projects I’ve got in mind.

I’m hoping that the plastic top is so slippery that it will make cleaning up glue drips a breeze. This is a very heavy table with all that cast iron in it (just what I wanted). There is about a 3” lip all around the top so that clamping to the table should work OK. If all else fails, I’ll drill a few 3/4” holes in the top and use some of the clamps/jigs that Lee Valley has to secure the stock.

The width of the table was set so that it just fits a couple of Festool tool boxes (the Domino tool and a box of the domino “biscuits”.

A great source for the Craftsman extensions is “Jim”. I don’t know where he gets them, but I’ve bought about 20 of them over the years for various upgrades in my shop (you can see some of the uses that I’ve put to these things by taking a look at my profile projects and sliding table review). You just can’t beat old American cast iron! He can be reached at His prices are very reasonable and he ships very quickly.

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#1 posted 04-09-2012 02:36 PM

Looks good. The uhmw will allow for an easy to clean surface. Where did you get 6 extensions?

-- Chris K

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Derek Lyons

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#2 posted 04-09-2012 03:23 PM

Clever design, and recycling is always a bonus. But, if it’s slippery enough for glue to come off, how well can you clamp to it? Will it stay flat over time?

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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Mainiac Matt

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#3 posted 04-09-2012 04:40 PM

not much sticks to UHMW platic….

I call it the poor man’s teflon…

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#4 posted 04-09-2012 05:12 PM

Good looking table. 6 Extensions?

-- - Martin

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 05:42 PM

Nice table. And to think I had trouble just finding 1 ext. to match for my Craftsman table saw!

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#6 posted 04-09-2012 10:13 PM

6 extensions to make the table, and one more in that other project lurking in the background? I had to buy a whole saw just to get one extra extension!

Very nice table, though. Any concerns about nicks and dents in the UHMW?

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#7 posted 04-09-2012 10:36 PM

Nice. How much does it weigh? I see some Festool stored underneath. Adds a nice touch.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 01:39 PM

Great idea!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#9 posted 05-23-2013 07:04 AM

I love it, but where did you get 1” uhmw plastic sheet that large?

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#10 posted 04-24-2014 02:55 PM

Holy smokes, that UHMW must have cost a few hundred bucks! A 24”x48”x1” sheet here costs $410.

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#11 posted 04-24-2014 02:56 PM

It’s a great use of surplus materials and will make a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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