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Forum topic by Dustin posted 05-30-2017 02:12 PM 514 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2017 02:12 PM

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So, I know this has been done to death on here, but after finally tearing down the last temporary wall in my 2-car garage, I have the space I need to build a good assembly/outfeed table. I purchased the plans for the Paulk workbench, but had a couple questions/concerns.

1) The plans call for 1/2” plywood, but I notice the majority of projects here use 3/4”. Is this for weight/stability, or the known issue using pocket holes in 1/2” material? Kreg sells an adapter for their K4 (which I have) to use 1/2” material, as there have been known problems since 1/2” ply is slightly thinner (and the proper screw size harder to come by). If it’s all the same, I suppose I’d rather use that money toward a heavier top (mobility is not an issue, it will likely be fixed in place).

2) AC plywood? I don’t want to spend a ton of money on the construction, but my local Lowes sells pretty decent 9-ply 3/4” “cabinet grade” material. I thought about using this for the top, and AC for the bottom/sides, unless folks here are having just fine results using AC.

3) Pocket holes for the top? I heard a rumor that Ron isn’t using them anymore (though his current plans still call for them). Any real detriment to just countersinking screws from the top? I’m planning on drilling the dog holes anyway, so it’s not like it will be a solid surface.

I know I’m probably overthinking a bit, but I plan on this being a permanent shop fixture, and don’t want to regret any decisions about it down the road.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."


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#1 posted 05-31-2017 01:14 PM

*bump

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#2 posted 05-31-2017 03:11 PM

I would use 3/4 ply all around for a permanent fixture using dowels and or dominos

and then finish with shellac and wax…...

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#3 posted 05-31-2017 04:32 PM

Hmm, I hadn’t considered dowels, but 3/4 is looking like what I’m settled on for material thickness. The more I think about it, I’m wondering if there’s any real problem with just gluing the edges and tacking in place with my brad nailer.

As for finish, I figured I’d just use a spray on water based poly: quick and easy, and not too worried about aesthetics (and i’ll be getting a roll of craft paper to put down whenever I do glue-ups).

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#4 posted 05-31-2017 05:14 PM

Paulk has been built a bunch of these, if he recommends 1/2” then I’d go with it. The reason is mobility but if you won’t be moving it, build it from anything you want. I’m going to build a couple soon from 1/2”, glue and staples probably, but weight is an issue for me.

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#5 posted 05-31-2017 07:37 PM

Rick,
Thank you for giving me the justification I need to finally get a pneumatic stapler! I figure assembly will go much faster with that method or the aforementioned brads (really just holding until the glue sets). I had gone back on forth on this a BUNCH, especially after seeing some of the great outfeed cabinets people built here, but the below deck storage for tools on the Paulk is simply too appealing, especially as I am frequently guilty of leaving stuff on any flat surface around the shop.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#6 posted 05-31-2017 09:45 PM

I bought a Freeman crown staple gun and it works really well for holding things tight together. My feeling is they hold tighter than brads. The staples are impossible to remove.

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