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Forum topic by opalko posted 11-21-2013 12:28 AM 1514 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2013 12:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table workbench

I’m getting ready to make a work table for my wife’s craft room. She absolutely does care about or not want anything fancy. It’s going to be an odd size: 40” high (wants to be able to stand and use it), and 36” long x 26” wide. Yes, it’s small and a quirky size, but we measured, remeasured, and re-remeasured and this is the exact size she wants, so please don’t suggest I change the size.

That being said I am looking at this page and it is pretty much in line with what she wants, but it is put together with wood screws etc: “Extreme How To Workbench Page

It looks good enough as is, but I’d like to make it a little more “woodwork”-y. I won’t use a door for a top, probably a couple layers of plywood with a replaceable hardboard top (her choice).. But for the rest, I’d like to have some “craft” elements to it. Any ideas? M&T? Giant dovetails?

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#1 posted 11-21-2013 12:39 AM

Dovetails could be really nice, or pinned/drawbore construction.
You could just add some molding.

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 12:49 AM

You could do large mortise and tenon legs and stringers. Or even half lap joints. How about a contrasting edge band around the top.

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 12:55 AM

To get that 26 inch width, I would add an edge to whatever you decide to use for a top. A hollow core door would be a consideration. You would probably have to cross cut it just short of the final length, then insert a filler piece. Add the edge band…say a one inch wide piece of something. Glue it to the door edge.

Just thinking. That is how I would do it. Actually, that is how I did it.

Here is my workbench I made from a solid core door and edged it with oak and white Formica (glue scrapes right off).

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 01:01 AM

Very nice, thanks!

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 01:06 AM

Can’t answer but like your tractor avatar. I have one looks just like it, a “56 model 851. I restored it, but it needs new rear tires and rims. I just can’t seem to get the money together to get them. Always seems to get spent on something else, like a new tool!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 01:10 AM

Thanks PaulDoug. It’s a 49 8N. I think the 851 is a good bit more HP? I like the tractor but sure like those new Kubotas with the FEL’s too!

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