Wooden desk turned multi tool work station

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 02-13-2017 12:59 AM 4241 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some 19 years ago I did the excavation for a size able landscaping contract at a medical office park and I salvaged a wooden desk with a really horrible finish from the trash. I used it as a work bench, then i parked a new drill press on it, then when I got an old Craftsman jointer on a rickety wooden stand I hatched a plan to cut the top and lower a section for the jointer.

I immediately regretted cutting the top when I saw that it was solid wood (Walnut?) and likely could have been refinished with good results. But the deed was done, so I fabricated a motor mount and dust collection hook up.

Later I made a base tray and put the unit up on casters. Then I added a continuous infeed/outfeed and hard mounted my old Delta lunch box to the bottom.

Later yet, I set up a second hand Delta mortice machine with a cross slide vice, and added a thick poly work surface made from an old die press board.

I use the back side to keep my sanders at the ready across from my TS out-feed down draft table.

After setting up shop in the basement of our addition, and no longer needing to move the station, I removed the casters to lower all the surfaces.

For the last ~5 years it has served as a central work area in my shop and has allowed me to have four different stationary tools ready for immediate use in a 60” x 30” footprint.

I recently scored a great deal on a Powermatic 54A jointer and will have to reconfigure or remove the desk work station to make room for it, so I’m documenting it as a project for posterity.

So don’t throw that old desk away… It may make a useful workstation.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 02-13-2017 01:12 AM

Drawer front/pulls look like the kind that were on my dad’s old drafting table. It got squished several years ago when snow caved in the shop roof.
Good for you on the rescue and making it work for you, Matt.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 02-13-2017 01:23 AM

You have some engineering in that desk. Looks very functional. Way to go !!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 02-13-2017 04:04 PM

This multi-workstation will be a very practical addition to your shop and it will bring with it added storage and an improvement to your efficiency.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 02-14-2017 12:43 AM

Really had to check it out to see all the different tools making up this Tool-A-Thon.

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#5 posted 02-14-2017 03:38 PM

I am going to steal the idea for the planer! That is really awesome!

-- Tim C., Sgt. Bluff, Iowa.

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#6 posted 02-19-2017 02:06 AM

Recycling at its best

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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