Workshop 2019 #3: Assembly Table: Part 2

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Blog entry by KettleWorkshop posted 05-30-2019 04:23 AM 335 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Assembly Table: Part 1 Part 3 of Workshop 2019 series Part 4: Lumber Cart: Part 1 »

The tables are officially done…except for the legs. Thats because they arrive tomorrow; more on that later.

So without further wait, I present the twin assembly tables.

Both are identical 2’x6’. Well mostly identical as there is one difference, but first the tables.

They are both fairly standard Paulk designs, just shortened for my needs (and intended method of storage).
The vertical pieces are all built from 3/4” Birch Plywood. Bottoms are 1/2” Birch Plywood. Tops are 3/4” MDF.
The verticals are attached to the underside of the top, and eachother, via pocket screws.
The bottom is attached via GripRite 1 1/4” T20 screws that were predrilled.

The tables then have a 1/2” White Pine Edging around both top and bottom. These were made from cut down 2×4’s; glued and brad nailed into place.

I mentioned that the tables aren’t 100% identical. That is because one end of one of the tables lacks the hole.

The purpose of this is that I plan to add a custom moxon vice to the end of the unit without a hole.
Got the idea from Jay Bates, but I’d rather have the end of the table solid for added support of the vice.
That vice will come much later down the road though.

So all that is left is the legs.
I originally mentioned height adjustable folding legs.
Did I mention I weighed the tables? Each is about 50Lbs.

My original leg plan was abandoned due to this. The new plan which will still see them adjustable, also has them removable.

Basic concept here, which I will show in Part 3, is that there will be a 3/4” Pipe Flange affixed to the bottom of the tables. This will connect to a 8” long 3/4” Pipe Nipple. This will connect to yet another 3/4” Flange that will sit atop the legs which will be a mated pair of 2×4’s cut to length.

If ever want to change out the height of the table, all I will need to do is get a different set of 3/4” Pipe Nipples and presto.

This method is going to be alot more sturdy than the previous one so I am happy I came across the idea (thanks random unrelated pintrest post that somehow made me have a Eureka moment).

Well, that’s all for now. This weekend is the finish of the tables and the start of the next item… a proper lumber cart that will actually also hold the assembly tables.

-- If you don't throw out the original design at least 2 times, you aren't finding all the imperfections.

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