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Project by JSB posted 09-19-2012 06:02 AM 2112 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When on a budget, anything free is obviously great. Looking around in my shop today I realized that I have very little money invested in my hobby. I have spare doors ($0) that I lay over sawhorses to make my assembly table. Stack another door ($0) on that and it is perfect height to use as an outfeed table for my table saw. My miter saw station is a discarded dresser ($0). I took apart a laminated entertainment center ($0) to make some perfect oversized router plates for more surface area when routing. I also would recommend a french cleat system to anyone looking for wall storage. Mine is a bit overkill but again I was using material I already had and it allows for shop upgrades and rearanging in the future. I guess what Im trying to say is that with a little outside the box thinking anyone can add more function to their shop for next to nothing. Craigslist is GREAT as well.
- Jay

-- Jay -

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#1 posted 09-19-2012 11:37 AM


Love it when folks reuse or repurpose items for use later on. Nothing wrong with a door on sawhorses for a table. Keep sharing your ideas!

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#2 posted 09-19-2012 12:54 PM

great job jay.i use saw horses also as a assembly table.welcome to lumberjocks.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 09-19-2012 02:37 PM


Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

You are on your way to woodworking self-sufficiency.

You’re only limited by your imagination at this point and if you hang around this site very long you will soon run out of room in your shop.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 09-19-2012 03:41 PM

It’s great. Looks like quite the shop. And I say it’s even better because of the price tag.

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#5 posted 09-19-2012 04:35 PM

You can’t beat free or repurposed goodies : ) Nice use of it all.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 02:45 AM

Thanks for the great ideas, Jay.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#7 posted 12-31-2012 01:23 PM

Jay this is a great use of recycled items. Looks like you have been able to do quite a lot of nice projects in your shop by using it in this way. I use a pair of sawhorse and a part from an entertainment center to do all my pen assembly. Its great o be able to break it down and put it away when not needed.


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

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