A Very Large Assembly Table

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Project by CarterR posted 06-20-2014 01:35 PM 3162 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have wanted an assembly table for a long time now, but I was either short on space or had other projects that I would rather do. About three weeks ago my neighbor said he had a old piece of bowling alley I could have as long as I helped him move it out of his yard. I was pumped. I knew exactly what I was going to use it for when he told me about it.

The tops dimensions are 42” Wide X 96” Long X 2.5” Thick. The table is 30” Tall.

Not sure what the species of wood is, the guy I got it from thinks it is Spruce, but whatever it is the grain is dead straight and beautiful.

I assembled the base with the kreg jig, I will be interested to see how it holds up over time. It only took a day to assemble so if the joints start to loosen I will probably dissemble it and do some better joinery. Once I finished the table I was working on I used the leftover beams I had and created the base. I added some casters because the top is extremely heavy and it is nice to move it to different spots. For the time being it will be nice to rip plywood, assemble, and glue parts off the floor.

On a side note. I have noticed the longer I do woodworking and talk to people about it, the more you start to find people who have wood they want to get rid of.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 06-20-2014 01:49 PM

Awesome build. On my list as well.

I think most bowling alleys are made of much harder wood than spruce. Possibly maple.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 02:06 PM

Nice table. i wish I room for an 8’ table in my shop. Nothing better than a big and heavy table to build on.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 06-20-2014 02:21 PM

Good idea and very well done.


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Scott Oldre

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#4 posted 06-20-2014 06:39 PM

I would have thought Maple too, but after seeing the end grain in one of the pics, it doesn’t look like any maple end grain I’ve ever seen. Very distinct rings.

Could it be ash? I know they make baseball bats out of both species.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 06-20-2014 07:28 PM

It’s a great assembly table and a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 06-20-2014 07:38 PM

That is one awesome table! I’d be pumped too!
But there is not one speck of sawdust in that shop!!! How is that possible (my wife wants to know since I always tell her that it’s IMPOSSIBLE)?

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#7 posted 06-20-2014 07:54 PM

I thought it would be maple too when he told me it used to be a bowling ally. I is not, I thought pine, but he said spruce.

The shop is so clean for two reasons. One is I have OCD and I like things to be in their place. Every time I finish for the day I clean and vacuum after I am done. Two I moved my shop to to my office and I can’t have dust everywhere. But it has A/C and I had extra space. It gets hot in Florida, and not sweating constantly really helps me focus on building, it makes a huge difference.


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#8 posted 06-20-2014 11:18 PM


-- Art

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#9 posted 06-20-2014 11:26 PM

A nice big chunk of bowling alley … for FREE???

Dude, YOU SUCK !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#10 posted 06-21-2014 01:20 AM

I got a 10 foot piece of bowling lane about 4 years ago. A buddy called me up and said his dad’s old bowling alley was replacing the lanes, and whatever I wanted, I could take. I only grabbed one slab because I could barely get it in the back of the truck. I came back the next day with help and all the good ones were gone. Wished I would have manned up and loaded a couple more. :)

The first twenty feet or so of a bowling lane is usually made of a hardwood like maple to resist the impact of the balls landing on it. After that the lanes switch to pine, or something similar. Some lanes you can really see the difference between the two, others not so much. They make nice table tops, but be warned: if you come across one, they are LOADED with spiral shank nails.

Either way nice find, and real nice table.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#11 posted 06-21-2014 03:32 AM

Great Job, wish I had room for one that size.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#12 posted 06-21-2014 08:50 PM

Awesome friend and wonderful table

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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