Outfeed and assembly table with tool stations - small shop challenge #2: Basic top glued up and laminate installed

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Blog entry by Mike_D_S posted 07-04-2016 04:42 AM 1991 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got to the lumber yard on Friday, so I went ahead and picked up a piece of 3/4 BB ply for the top of the outfeed table. I wanted the top to be 26” x 68”, so using one piece of 5’x5’ BB ply I can get the entire top done by cutting out two 26” x 60” strips and the splitting the last approximately 8” x 60” into two pieces 8” x 26”. I glued the two 26×60 pieces offset by 8” and then added the two smaller pieces, one on each end to get a top that was 68” x 26” x 1.5”.

I glued that up on Friday and used a bunch of clamps and then used some temporary screws in the middle to help with the clamping.

The best part of assembling the top was getting to use my new Makita track saw. Home Depot had a sale going and I ended up getting it for $408 to my door. I always struggle with large sheet goods and usually used a circular saw to break them down, but this always ends up with a lot of waste. Though I only broke down this one sheet of ply and helped my neighbor break down a couple of sheets of ply that he bought, I can already see this is going to help me out when I’m working with ply.

After letting the top dry overnight on Friday, I rolled on contact cement on the top and the laminate and glued the laminate on Saturday and then trimmed it today.

So now I have a giant slab of outfeed table top looming in my garage like the monolith from 2001 A Space Odyssey. While I wait a few days for the laminate glue to set all the way, I’ll get started on the base shortly.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#1 posted 07-04-2016 12:42 PM

I think the ratio of the dimensions are not correct…must be 1:4:9.

The color will brighten up a shop…I like it.

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#2 posted 07-04-2016 01:41 PM

Looking good HAL

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#3 posted 07-05-2016 07:33 PM

Where did you acquire the large piece of laminate from?

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#4 posted 07-06-2016 04:18 AM

The place I get most of my wood is primarily a cabinet and molding supply place and they also carry a variety of laminates. So I just picked it up when getting the BB ply.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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