Working with recycled timber #55: Flooring Table Top Temporary Work Surface

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 05-21-2016 11:03 PM 499 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 54: Flooring Table top Making the Modules Part 55 of Working with recycled timber series Part 56: Flooring table top glueing the modules together and attaching the frame »

I was already to glue up my Modules and realised that not only had I never made anything this big before my existing workbench was way too small for what I wanted to do.
So I had to stop work on the project and make a temporary workbench to support the task.

As the existing pipe frame table was going to be used for the finished product I decided to use it as a temporary work bench.

I removed the rubbish top and went looking for more material.

I found some old kitchen cupboards nearby and brought them home, they were 19mm melamine coated particle board sections, which with some work would do the job..
I sawed them up and made a work surface with them.

The next concern I had was they needed to be dead flat but not necessarly level (meaning no bows in the middle) so using my straight edge I packed them up so the were at least flat.

The opposite side was a bit more technical and I had to add some cardboard shims to achieve the straightness.

I then bogged up all the holes with plastic wood and painted the exposed edges with some black paint in case it got wet.

It will stay outside and I didnt want it to start its typical particleboard expansion trick when wet, before I had finished with it.

Next was to add a fixed section at the end with a tongue profile so I could wedge the modules together from the other end

Just a minor distraction then on with the real job.

-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 05-22-2016 04:18 AM

Robert, the adventure continues. Thanks for taking us along.

-- Big Al in IN

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