Would this work to lengthen my assembly table top?

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Forum topic by Rob posted 01-26-2013 04:00 PM 1925 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2013 04:00 PM

Hi Everyone,

I built a cabinet style assembly table with drawers a few years ago but I have no traditional work bench. I want to add one or two vises but I don’t have the space underneath to mount the vises because of the drawers. I also don’t have the room to build a traditional work bench so I was thinking that if I could lengthen the top of my assembly table on one end, I could install a vise or two. My current top is 28” wide by 66” long by 2” thick. It’s made out of solid oak strips (think super large cutting board). Would there be enough support and would it stay level with the rest of the top if I did something like this and added a hard wood skirt around the whole thing to finish it off?

Here is a picture of my assembly table (forgive the mess) and a drawing of what I was thinking of doing.

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#1 posted 01-26-2013 04:12 PM

I would think over time, the extension would/could sag. I would think some sort of an angled brace, running from the outside edge of the extension to the bottom of the cabinet (on both sides), would privide the neccessary support, to prevent sagging.

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#2 posted 01-26-2013 04:17 PM

It could sag especially with the weight of a couple of vices. You could add another vertical set of legs with a horizontal stretcher connecting them to the existing legs. There would be room for a shelf or more drawers. If you plan to drill holes for bench dogs, make sure any drawers you add are low enough for you to get in and clean out sawdust that will fall through the holes.

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#3 posted 01-26-2013 05:30 PM

This is easy. Add your extension, and then slide the whole top the other way and hang your vise off the end with integrity. It won’t sag.



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#4 posted 01-26-2013 05:34 PM

*edited… Dang it, Lee! You stole my idea! I was typing the same thing and you posted it first :-)

Yep, slide the existing top over and add your extension.

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