folding assembly table

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Project by larryw posted 11-07-2013 03:36 AM 4359 views 36 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, one reason being, that I broke my wrist while working on my new shop last year., anyway I’m good to go now. One of the first things I needed was more table space., I already have a hefty wood working bench, but I needed something for general assembly work, and something that I could also use as an outfeed table. I wanted something sturdy, but light weight, also I wanted to be able to fold it and put it out of the way , against a wall or something in case I needed more room for any particular operation. My shop is fairly small ( 16×30 ) so I really needed this function. The table is made of poplar and hard maple with some red oak accents ( the maple and oak I milled myself from trees that I cut from my property ). Since poplar is fairly soft, I used the maple for the key stress points. I decided on the torsion box type construction for the top due to it’s strength-to-weight ratio. The 3/16 thick hard board sits in a recess and is just “tack” glued for easy removal when it needs to be replaced. Each leg is adjustable to four different heights, with threaded feet for micro adjusting. The extendable leg assembly braces retract by simply removing the pins on the leg assemblies, loosening the knobs and sliding them together. I also made a small storage compartment for keeping the pins and feet together when the table is folded for storage. Now I’m ready to put this thing to work, I think it will see a lot now that I’m ready to get back to it.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 03:43 AM

Nice one there Larry. I had a low one for kitchen cabinets when we renovated our current house and it saved me a lot of bending and put everything at a convenient height. Yours goes one better with the adjustability and compatibility with your saw.
You make shop furniture that looks as good as my projects.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees.

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 03:46 AM

Thanks Paul, your comments and opinions mean a lot. I feel that you are one of the true master woodworkers here on LJ’s

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 09:28 AM

Amazing bench. Quite a smart design and it looks VERY well built.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 10:04 AM

Love the table,,, Such great details and functionality…. This will serve you well for many yrs…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 10:14 AM

Very nice

-- Vince

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#6 posted 11-07-2013 10:26 AM

This is really awesome. Great build.

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

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#7 posted 11-07-2013 11:31 AM

That is an awesome assembly table Larry,you really did an excellent job in the building of it…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 11-07-2013 01:26 PM

Nice folding table with excellent design and craftsmanship.

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#9 posted 11-07-2013 01:35 PM

Very nice table and great design! Very ingenious folding and storage ideas!

-- Dennis, WV

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#10 posted 11-07-2013 01:52 PM

I think Shipwright coins it here: this is not a workbench- it is shop furniture! Thanks for sharing

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#11 posted 11-07-2013 03:03 PM

Oh wow that is so well done!

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#12 posted 11-07-2013 03:49 PM

That is impressive.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#13 posted 11-07-2013 04:47 PM

I will be building an assembly table for my new shop. I haven’t thought about making a folding one. Ot’s a good idea and you’ve done a nice job on it.

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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#14 posted 11-07-2013 06:23 PM

great idea. I need an assembly table and outfeed table. I will probably use some of your ideas for that.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#15 posted 11-07-2013 06:28 PM

I like it – when I get more room, it will be on the list of things to make

-- David in Damascus, MD

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