Easy Shop Table - Planer Table #1: Starting the project...

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Blog entry by Lockwatcher posted 03-26-2011 11:07 PM 17287 reads 29 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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NOTE: I have just edited this blog to make some corrections in the original text!

I have begun building my last (?) Easy Shop Table. Based on a similar design used in my Assembly Table from Wood Magazine (March 2010). Once again, this table (like my others) is built from standard grade construction lumber, redimensioned for the project (from the big box store). So far, I’ve purchased 2 2×10”s x 10’ for the frame of the project. The lumber cost for the frame assembly is $14.00

Carefull selection on your lumber will reduce the cost. In my case, I was able to buy two boards that yielded all the lumber I needed to build the project, with very little waste. You may have to buy a little more depending on the condition of the lumber.

Here is the basic cut list for the project. All lumber is standard 1 1/2” thick construction lumber.

4 – 24 1/2” x 3” Long leg
4 – 19 1/2” x 3” short leg (attached to the above piece)
4 – 20” x 2 1/2” Long Rail
4 – 26” x 2 1/2” Short rail
1 – 20” x 23” x 3/4” MDF or Plywood
4 – 1 1/4” x 1 1/4” x various lengths shelf cleat (make from ripping scraps)

Starting the build…

First, we need to cross-cut our lumber into reasonable lengths to make it easier to rip. Cut the lumber to a few inches longer than needed, paying attention to where knots and other blemishes are to eliminate or reduce their impact on the project.

For the legs: I cut two 26” & two 22” (these will each be split to yield 2 boards each). These are then ripped to 3” wide.

For the rails (the top and bottom frame) I cut two 22” & two 28” (these will each be split to yield 2 boards each). These are then ripped to 2 1/2” wide.

Below: This is how I ripped the stock to width. Notice the center waste piece (this will be used later).

Below: The lumber is all cut to final width…now onto the miter saw…

For this project, four legs are needed that are 24 1/2” tall these legs are 3” wide (final ripped width) and are a build up of two pieces of lumber (one cut short to provide a notch at both the top and the bottom of each leg). The extra added piece is 5” shorter than the actual leg.

Below: The lumber for the leg assemblies are now cut to length

I also needed to cut the upper and lower frames to size. Using the 2 1/2” lumber, I cut four 20” long & four 26” long.

This is where I am at so far…I will add more as the project continues…

NEXT: Assemble the leg assemblies…

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 10:52 PM

Hey Ken – can’t thank you enough for your inspiration on these. It’s taken me about a year and some neck surgery to get around to it, but I’ve been meaning to post my shop versions of your tables on my lumberjocks account. I added them to my shop page. Christine is so impressed with the sturdiness, I have some new requests her work area!

Best of luck, and please keep the shop projects coming,


-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 06:18 PM

Great Project, and Thanks for posting your construction details! Too many on here fail to share this important information! Without some construction details how are we to pass along our experience to future craftsmen/women?

-- You're want to do what with WHAT? Now that is a good idea!

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#3 posted 07-23-2015 05:03 PM

Here’s my version of it! Holding up my 270 pound planer :)

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