The Thievery Continues

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Project by Greg Wurst posted 07-31-2009 04:50 AM 6536 views 23 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Continuing in my quest to steal everyone’s projects, here is my latest theft:

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Rather than using steel pipes for legs I split a 2’x’4 into 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” square blanks. After chamfering the edges I hammered 1/4” threaded inserts into the bottom and attached adjustable plastic feet. I also just used strap hinges for the wings and legs. While I wouldn’t jump up-and-down on the wings they are still plenty strong. To secure the legs when folded I added rare earth magnets and a strike plate to each leg. Just offset the legs so they will fold next to each other and you’re set. I built the entire thing with pocket screws. If you plan on having the shelves the same height on both sides make sure you offset the pocket screw holes. I’ll probably put some type of protective finish on the top and edge banding as well. I also attached a utility handle for easy movement.

If you’re interested, you can get my Sketchup drawings, cutting diagram, and material list here:!Ak3MNCPBmYglgUjOyuN7HkenNbRa

The leg length will vary slightly depending on the size of the wheels you choose to use. Just make them long enough to allow for foot adjustment. If you have any questions let me know.



-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#1 posted 07-31-2009 04:57 AM

Very nice Greg I like it allot….and props for giving credit !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 07-31-2009 04:59 AM

Hey Greg
looks great this is the place to find these Ideas well done.

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#3 posted 07-31-2009 05:07 AM

nice utility /work station/shelving .
great idea .
my self ,
i would probably make drawers on one end ,
and shelves on the other ,
that meet halfway.
that way they are allways accesable ,
without raising the side .
good idea with the magnets !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 07-31-2009 05:37 AM

Great idea, I would add the drawers to both sides if me, and great use of the magnets by the way. This is to use with your table saw also?

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#5 posted 07-31-2009 12:59 PM

Really nice work!
Question for you…
Why did you have your shelves under the extension instead of on the sides where you could get at it with the table open? Was that a design element or was it a strength element? I’m curious.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Greg Wurst

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#6 posted 07-31-2009 01:16 PM

The reason for the shelves under the wings are twofold. One, where it will sit in my garage normally would only allow access to one small side anyway. Two, I wanted longer and shallower storage space for the large number of tool cases I plan to put in it. Having to raise the wings to get to the items is inconvenient, but when I’m working in the garage I’ll have it out anyway so not a big deal. Of course, you could build it the other way if it suits you. I may even draw-up some Sketchup plans for that and post them.

I already have an outfeed table, so I did not size it to fit my table saw. I merely sized it to maximize space and top size. The top is just a couple inches shy of a full 4’x8’ sheet.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#7 posted 07-31-2009 02:09 PM

If anyone is interested, I drew an alternate Sketchup file with some drawers on the front and back as well as a lower shelf on the sides:

You can get it at the original link in the post. I debated adding a center support in the lower side shelf for support but I don’t think it would be needed.

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#8 posted 07-31-2009 03:47 PM

Great idea and a nice shop addition and good of you to give credit to the origin.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 08-06-2009 01:46 PM

I’m glad you modified the cart I did for your shop. I think you built it alot faster than me. Good work with the sketchup as well. Do you use it to generate part list?

-- "There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't"

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#10 posted 08-06-2009 02:08 PM

tomjboyle… Yes, I use Sketchup to draw-up my parts list as well. I usually build it first using groups and components; then I tear it apart and get the measurements. I then create a material list in Excel and then go back into Sketchup and figure-out the cutlist.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#11 posted 08-06-2009 05:28 PM

Nice project.

This is the joy of being a member of Lumberjocks the sharing of ideas and projects. I have many projects I am going to duplicate that other fine craftsman and women have gracious and proud enough to share with us all. Well done and thank you.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#12 posted 08-08-2009 01:57 PM

That’s how it goes. You see something, make it and improve it. Nothing wrong with that.

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