New Mobile Work Station #1: First Things First - The Plan

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 11-19-2013 08:00 PM 7222 reads 12 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I am going to start building a mobile workstation/cart or whatever you want to call it. No doubt mine will be similar to carts others have built, but customized to fit my needs. So, here are my ideas.

The Plan

Table use:

I plan to use the table for things like:

  • a sanding area
  • surface for mounting the PC dovetail jig
  • mount for the pocket hole jig
  • area for clamping glue ups.
  • other uses where work piece needs to be held in position via clamps.

Construction Details:

  • Table top should be 20×36 or thereabouts. The narrow width will make it easy to move around my small work area.
  • Top to be constructed of plywood. I still need to check out what materials I have on hand. The top may be constructed of 1/2 inch Baltic birch laminated to make it 1 inch thick. Or just 3/4 inch plywood. Regardless, the surface will be covered with Formica to protect the surface from glue spills and drips.
  • Top will be constructed with 7/8 inch dog holes and slots for F style clamps. My dogs are 7/8 inch and the opening is perfect to insert 1/2 inch pipe for mounting pipe clamps from below.
  • Frame construction to be 2×4 stud material and other material on hand.
  • Add storage where available and a drawer or two.
  • Mount an electrical outlet strip for handy access.
  • Create area for small item storage.
  • Jig storage for:
    1. Porter Cable Dovetail Jig
    2. Kreg Pocket hole jig
    3. Table saw tenon jig

Some fellow LJ’s have given me inspiration for this cart including:





stumpynubs thread “Ultimate Shop Cart”

And of course, ShopNotes Magazine Vol 21 Issue 124

So, with that said, I am off to buy a couple of 2×4’s to go with what I already have.
Pics to follow.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 11-19-2013 11:33 PM

Question! Might this bench, if the proper hight, be positioned as a tablesaw outfeed table as well? I really like the dog holes and slots that could be used to pass clamps through. The several others that you’ve included surely picqued my fancy Thanks for the many ideas for this novice.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 02:00 AM

Russell, it’s main purpose is to add a little extra work area that can be moved around as I reposition my tools. It will house my bigger jigs that don’t have a home (no wall space left). I have my one and only table that is about 30×40 inches that serves as out feed table/assembly table and work table.

I am in a one car garage so space is tight. Thanks for asking. Hope you find some inspiration for your project.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 03:12 AM

Here’s my plan. Not the greatest amount of detail, but something I can work with. I have the basic pieces cut and started the dadoes, then I got tired and quit for the day. :-)

You will have to use your imagination. I still have to work out the jig storage and drawer placement.

Top view

Side view.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 02:37 AM

Got some work done today. The frame pieces have been cut and milled to final size.
End pieces

Legs and sides

Dry fit

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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