|Project by Jeff||posted 07-30-2008 06:34 AM||10874 views||17 times favorited||29 comments|
It’s been a while since I made a project contribution to the site but after a little consideration I decided this reclamation project was a good candidate for “One Man’s Junk”. My father-in-law had an old steel desk from the 60s or 70s hanging around and asked me to post it on Craigslist and get rid of it and outta the spare garage (half of which houses my shop). Well, after two listings we had no takers and it just sat on its end on a dolly and I had to wheel it in and out every time i worked in the shop.
Flash forward to this spring and my plans to build an all-in-one outfeed table, work station, chop saw stand, planer stand, router table. I have some plans I heard about here on the site but they call for quite a bit of MDF and I’m not convinced I want to deal with all the toxic dust it creates. The other problem was what would I do with the old desk to make room for the tool/work station. Then, it dawned on me I had the basis for the tool station in the old desk. I talked to my FIL about letting me take the desk off his hands. He said that would be great and wouldn’t even take a penny for it.
I figured I could get some plywood and bolt it too any surface that I wanted to use as a surface to attach shelf mounts, hooks, etc. I also figured there was a way to get it onto some casters even though the legs were only 1 inch square. A little work in SketchUp and I was ready to go.
It’s not quite fully enhanced as per the SU plan but I was so happy to have it operational that I moved on to other projects so I could put it to use. I have some ideas for ways to incorporate some movable platforms (anchored in T-tracks) to function as outboard platform extensions for my chop saw and planer. The t-track approach would allow me to securely lock down the platforms with toilet bolts and knobs thus avoiding the handles of clamps getting in the way. This modification is “under development” for now though.
As for the table saw outfeed usage, I really lucked out. The height of the table is just a little less than 3/4 of an inch shy of my saw’s height. Just perfect for using another ‘salvaged’ item. I recently picked up two 30×42 x 3/4 drawing table tops for $25 total cost from a local surplus and salvage store. These are nice tops with the white super-slick laminate. One of them is used to take up the gap between top of the desk and the table saw. It works really well.
1 Steel Desk – FREE
2 4×8 sheets 7/16” OSB – $8 each
6 linear feet of construction lumber – FREE leftovers from the New-Fangled workbench project
4 3-inch casters – about $25 – purchased at big sale at Woodcraft earlier this year
Various lag, machine, and hex bolts and their washers and nuts for attaching the OSB and casters – about $35 (some new, some on hand)
Increased storage, mobility, and flexibility in my small shop – worth it!
-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN