Good evening to all. As I may have mentioned before I have transformed a small trailer with a 12’ x 24’ (+_) room that I built on the side of it around 27 years ago. We now live in a modular house on the front of the property. For 3 1/2 years I just let the trailer and room sit there so back in June I decided to turn it into a small one-man workshop even though any carpentry experience that I have was doing rough carpentry in home building. (Framing and roofing).
I put a layer of 1/2” plywood on top of the existing floor of the trailer, coated it with Kilz sealer and put a good coat of polyurethane oil based paint on top of it. Trying to save some money, out in the room I put down a layer of 3/4” tongue and groove MDF (considerably cheaper than ply), coated it with Kilz and painted it with the same paint that I used in the trailer. 3-4 weeks went by before I got back out there to continue on and I built two layout tables, one in the front of the trailer and one in the back (trailer is 8’x28’) using 2×2’s for the framing (3 1/2 sides extended to the interior walls of the trailer), used left over MDF and put down white formica on both tables. I weigh 163 pounds and I climbed up on both tables, on my hands and knees and moved around a bit and nothing creaked or sagged so it looks like it will support whatever light weight activity I do in there. Actually I plan to use the back table for storage of small items that I will build while both may be used for light assembly work.
This past weekend I installed 4 fluorescent light fixtures with two tubes in each that I bought at Home Depot. I wired them in series, put in a wall switch and tied it into a wall socket that has its own 15 amp circuit breaker outside in the electrical box. When I got through with the installation I flipped the circuit breaker and went in and flipped on the switch. Having limited experience with electricity I didn’t know quite what to expect but all lights came on right off the bat! ( I did considerable research on the net to find out how to wire in a series of lights. What a gift the internet is if you use it for the right purposes.) I certainly do not have a problem with not having enough light to work with!
Last night I downloaded a free plan for a basic work table from www.renovation-headquarters.com/plans-workbench.html. It was written by Sandor Nagyszalanczy (first time I’ve heard his name) but his basic work bench looked like something that i could build since I only still have a skilsaw, a broken Delta chop saw, a 1/4” palm router and some hand tools.
Today I spent 1 1/2 hours in Home Depot buying all the parts in his list. The plan called for a 1” top made of plywood but Home Depot had a sale on 3/4” AC ply so I bought two 4×8 pieces, had one of the associates there cut them to size (better than using my skilsaw at home) and I finished up by buying all the rest of the parts listed in his parts list.
When I got home I put some painters plastic on the floor, covered both sides of the ply with titebond II wood glue and since I don’t have any clamps I laid three 2×6’s length ways on top of the boards and put 9 cement blocks on top of them to give good compression (I hope) while they dry.
So, that’s where I am this evening. The guy at Home Depot cut both sheets of ply at the same time so when I laid them on top of each other I was able to line them up to within 1/16 of an inch of all sides being right on top of the other. The plans only called for one sheet of ply but I figured that two would give a very solid top. The posts will be 4×4’s with 2×6 runners and end pieces held together with nuts and bolts.
I’ll take some pictures tomorrow and post them. This should give all the actual woodworkers a pretty good laugh.
One last thing before I go: what can I use to seal the plywood top that would reduce wear and tear and keep glue from sticking to it while not contaminating other wood projects that I might work on? I’d rather not put a laminate on it because the ply looks really good and has no defects?
Thanks for listening. Look forward to your ideas for sealing the top of the plywood.
-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--