|Project by NiteWalker||posted 07-17-2013 06:06 PM||2458 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
It’s ugly, and some of the boards I used were a bit twisted so there’s a few gaps, but it’s solid, heavy and was cheap to build.
I finally got my planer, the Dewalt DW734 (great deal) and lifted it from the floor to the table saw to use about twice before I decided I needed something more permanent and less stressful to my back. Some web searching led me right back here to LJ. :-)
I wanted something easy and simple to build from the scrap 2×4’s and an old 2×12 shelf that’s been in the garage for 10 years or more. After finding the Easy Shop Table, I figured that’s the one for me. I had all the 2x scraps for the frame, some mdf scraps for the shelves, and an old router table top to be used as the planer platform (3/4” baltic birch plywood). The only out of pocket cost will be the casters (not added yet).
I printed out the plans by Lockwatcher so I could figure out what changes needed to be made to the pieces to fit my shop and planer. Overall dimensions are 24” long x 24” wide x 32” tall with the casters. It’s the perfect size. I added a middle shelf so there’s two inner leg pieces instead of one. I added a middle brace to give the top more support. It was a pretty simple project other than working with the defects of the old scraps. It was completed in an afternoon and was assembled with glue and mcfeely’s screws.
If I were to build another one I’d do as the plans suggest and get a couple of nice 2×10’s.
It’s a very solid design, and I may go ahead and build the torsion box assembly table as in the wood magazine plans where Lockwatcher got the idea for his table.
-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.