|Project by TheWoodenOyster||posted 03-24-2014 04:44 AM||2508 views||12 times favorited||11 comments|
So I posted my shopmade adjustable sawhorses a little earlier today and wanted to expand on one of the functions. Obviously, they serve as sawhorses and provide somewhere to put things, but the main reason I actually built them was to help me finish large flat panels.
Like a lot of you guys, I don’t have a spray booth or a sprayer, so all of my finishes are wipe on or brush on. That is all fine and good until you start to build heavy and large things that are cumbersome to flip over, especially with wet finish on them. The dining table I am currently working on has a 42” x 84” top that is 1 1/8” thick solid cherry. Needless to say I would have a heck of a time moving that thing around alone, much less flipping it over without dinging it or messing up the fresh finish. So, as I searched for some ways to get around this, I remembered a great video that I had seen by Askwoodman. He basically builds a rotisserie that holds his doors or large tabletops so that he can access all sides easily without touching the actually wood item that he is finishing. This video got the wheels turning.
I decided to build this feature into some sawhorses. Pictures 3 and 4 show how the rotisserie works. Just cheap casters screwed to the top rails of the sawhorses. The wheels are placed very close to each other and then the “axle” rests between the two wheels as seen in picture 3. The axle is actually a 1/2” lag bolt that is threaded into a large piece of wood. The smooth part of the bolt rests on the wheels and the board which the bolts is threaded into is clamped to the piece being finished as seen in photo 5. Once the table is suspended on both ends by the “axles”, the tabletop floats freely to be manipulated in any which way. I wish I could put a video link on here, but I think you guys get how it works.
Photos 1 and 2 are just pictures of the tabletop suspended. Picture 6 shows the process of setting it up.
I was really surprised at how well this thing works. That tabletop is big and heavy and it handled it very well. I would feel comfortable putting 250 to 300 lbs on there, easy. The only hitch is that you have to find a way to set the tabletop down at the end of the finish coat and touch up where the clamps were. I plan on doing the bottom side, setting it down and unclamping, then finishing where the clamps were and going on to the top.
This thing will be a timesaver, but more importantly will help me attain great finishes with no fingerprints and without having to flip gigantic pieces of furniture around alone, and possibly dropping them (which I have done).
Hope you like it. Please let me know about any questions you may have.
-- The Wood Is Your Oyster