New Mobile Work Station #2: Frame Assembly

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 11-21-2013 05:52 AM 3388 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: First Things First - The Plan Part 2 of New Mobile Work Station series Part 3: Dog Holes and Clamp slots »

I have the basic frame assembled. It is smaller than I expected but it should serve as a jig storage/ assembly/work cart just fine. And it will fit into my work area s I had hoped it would.

Here is my progress for today.

One of the sides glued, screwed and tattood! :-) The joints are half lap. I forgot to mention the legs and sides are 2×4 from the big box store. The end pieces are hard maple I had on hand.

The frame is complete. I will let the glue cure over night. It turned out square at every angle. That makes me a happy camper.

I checked to see if the dovetail jig will fit through the opening and it does…just barely. I was thinking about building the work center from the Woodsmith Shop plan but now I am not sure if it will fit. I might have to leave one end open so it can slide in. I will give that some thought tomorrow.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 11-21-2013 01:16 PM

Looks like a very solid beginning.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 11-22-2013 02:19 AM

Looks pretty dang good to me.

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#3 posted 11-22-2013 03:35 AM

And now for an update. I spent a lot of time today designing and redesigning my cart. Most of that time was just plain wasted. I finally came to grips with reality. My cart is too small to house all of the things I had listed in my plan. :-( So be it. I will do the best I can. I am cramped for space, so I will try to get as much use out of the cart as I can.

With the basic frame assembled, I turned to the bottom shelf. I added a couple of boards to support the shelf boards, then cut, glued and fastened the boards with my trusty staple gun. The boards were already on hand and cut to near the exact length. They are fence pickets left over from the coolers I have built earlier in the year. I spaced the boards evenly so sawdust can fall through to the floor. :-)

Here is a shot of the underside of the bottom shelf.

Next was the tedious task of building a shelf for the Porter Cable Dovetail Jig. It is mounted on a piece of plywood so I can clamp it to the work table. My original plan was to build the storage/work center from the Woodsmith plan, but I just don’t have enough room. So, I built the shelf as a permanent tray so I can slide the jig in from the end of the cart.

On the other end, I did manage to sneak in a small section to store glue bottles and other small stuff. That should come in handy.

After mounting the casters, which turned out to be 3 inchers instead of 4, I checked the cart height and it appears with the top mounted, it will be almost dead even with my work table. Of course that depends on what part of the shop it is positioned because the floor is very uneven. That should come in handy if I have a big item to work on.

That brings me up to date. The cart is ready for the top. I have a piece of 3/4 inch plywood I pulled from “inventory” that is ready to be cut and fitted. That may or may not happen tomorrow. The granite guys are coming to install the counter top on our Buffet Yippeee!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 11-23-2013 05:19 AM

Today I managed to get the power strip mounted on one leg. I also cut the top to size, added an edge band and attached it to the cart. I cut a radius on each corner. It is ready for the laminate. A friend has some set aside for me so hopefully I will get it installed early next week.

I spent a little time laying out the dog holes and slots for clamps. That is for another day.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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