Workbench/Assembly Table/Fallout Shelter

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I routinely work with large table tops – 3’ x 9’ and larger – so I found myself in need of a sturdy work surface.

I came up with this monster. The legs and stretchers are 8/4 white oak with the legs being 2 pieces laminated together. The top is 1 1/2” butcher block ash.

Even with being this massive – 52” across, 102” long, I have it anchored to the floor to keep it from tipping when I have a huge tabletop hanging off of it.

The stretchers are tenoned into the legs and then lag screwed.

I sealed the whole thing with tung oil. I keep the top waxed to make sliding heavy tops around easier and to keep glue from sticking.

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#1 posted 10-08-2012 12:21 PM

Matt, beautiful piece of work! Actually, I’m more jealous of how large your shop is! Welcome to the boards.

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 01:14 PM

Thanks redsox9. I do have to share the shop with a few other guys, but it is nice to have space to spread out. I will be posting more info about the shop over on my workshop page here.

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 01:59 PM

Fallout shelter? Did you go to school in the 50s and practice hiding under your desk too?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 03:45 PM

Wow….could double as an elevated dance floor for shop parties! ;o)

Nice work.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 05:19 PM

Good looking. Gotta have good benches to work with.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 10-09-2012 02:20 AM

Nice looking bench, I could use one of those if only I had more room. Did you think about adding any storage underneath or doing something other than using stretchers so you could roll stuff under it? I ended up taking the stretchers off one side of my outfeed table so I could roll shop vac, etc under it and reclaim some of that space.

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#7 posted 10-09-2012 04:49 AM

I have managed to make use of the space underneath the bench -

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The drawer slides out both ways. The other side is where I store my tablesaw sled.

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#8 posted 10-09-2012 04:51 AM

Mike, nope. I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s.

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#9 posted 05-13-2013 11:53 PM

Great looking table. Do you know how much dose it weighs?

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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