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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 08-12-2013 09:47 PM 845 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2013 09:47 PM

Ladies and Gents,
Been a while since I was on here last, particularly since my shop is no more on account of new living arrangements, but alas we shall not dwell on the past. I do bring to you a project that I need help with for work—it seems one of my many titles will be Carpenter (I am a labourer at a transfer station (aka ‘The Dump’))

Not really sure the right wording for describing what this is, but I guess I will have to try—didn’t think to take a picture of it…

Essentially my boss wants me to reconstruct a set of sorting tables that we have for holding large totes full of beer-bottles. These totes way somewhere in the 25kg range and perhaps 2ft by 3ft—we can fit 1.5 of them on the table width wise and maybe 5 length wise—, and we can have anywhere from 10 to 20 of them on a single table at a given time. Usually on the lower end, but the higher end has occurred! These tables are about the size of a sheet of plywood, and are comprised primarily of 2×4s, strapping, and plywood (table top). There are no raised edges on this table!

I hardly have a full-shop available for my use. I might have a tablesaw, a circular saw, maybe a bandsaw, and of course a drill and some hand tools. I doubt that I will have a dado set, but I can probably do some narrow ones by doing a few passes on the TS—maybe a few larger ones, but not too many since that will be quite a lot of passes!

He told me that I have the ability to design it how I see fit, although if it falls down I doubt he will have confidence in me from then forth! This is by far no fine woodworking project, but rather utilitarian!

What I am thinking is to do a framework of four-legs, bound together at the top (duh), bottom, and some cross bracing. I am then thinking that in the top members I will dado out a spot for the ply to sit into. Under that will be a small framework to provide some rigidity to the table top.

Not really sure if this is followable, but if anyone has any ideas that would be appreciated!

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#1 posted 08-12-2013 10:31 PM

That dadoed out spot for the top to sit in is called a rabbet, a configuration often used for the back of book cases. But I think a lot harder to do than necessary. It’s used on book cases because you can’t have any thing showing from the front. But in the case of a table, that space would be under the top, and not visible, so you could just put cleats on the stretchers.

In fact, there is a simple little shop table that was discussed on here recently that could be the basis for your table if you scaled it up in size. The link is here:

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#2 posted 08-13-2013 02:02 AM

Aye rabbet, thats the word I was looking for lol… been a while!

Hmm cleats.. perhaps you’re right about unnecessary difficulty…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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