Assembly table

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Project by Boneski posted 04-22-2010 06:39 AM 10679 views 24 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’ve spent a fair bit of hard earned cash on some nice workshop equipment. First things first before making any fancy cabinets – I need a good solid “fit for purpose” bench to work on. This is what I came up with.

The top is 10 peices of Tasmanian oak machined to 95×46mm and glued using a 1/4” plywood key for good alignment and a bit of extra strength. The top came up pretty damned flat – these pictures show the top without any levelling at all. Overall size is 1800×950mm.

The frame is made from clear pine using mortise and tenon joints on the end frames. I couldn’t find “knock down” fittings, so I made my own to attach the main rails. These consisted of some 16mm steel rod with M8 threads cut in them, and of course M8 bolts. The adjustable feet (also with shop built mounts) allow me to adjust the table height to use as an outfeed for my table saw. Finally, there is the retractable wheels that allow me to move the 150kg monster around the place.

I fitted a Groz quick release vice and a cheapish front vice in the tail vice position. The idea behind this is to drill dog holes in either end of the vice for clamping cabinet face frames etc.

I’ve also left a good size space in the middle of the frame with a view to making some drawers etc at a later date.

It all came up very square and solid – should be with me for the rest of my life!

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#1 posted 04-22-2010 07:04 AM

Looks great, I just put it on my to do list.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 04-22-2010 07:11 AM

Greetings Boneski: Stellar job on the assembly table. It should serve you well for many years. Tasmanian oak….. I’ve never heard of it before. Heard of lots of oaks, but this is a new one to me. Beautiful wood. Now all you need are some dog holes, and you’re all set. You can never have enough tables in a shop. I have 6 in mine. A good idea you have to leave room for some drawers underneath the bench. I put drawers in mine, also, and glad I did. Take a look here at my workbench and you’ll see how much more versitle it makes the bench.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#3 posted 04-22-2010 07:39 AM

niice assembly table
like the idea off a wice on it
well done


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#4 posted 04-22-2010 08:21 AM

Looks sweet…The wheel idea is killer ..Is it all thread in there ? Working on something similar as we speak…

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#5 posted 04-22-2010 09:09 AM

Widdle, the wheel block hinges on some M8 coach screws, but rests entirely on the small blocks of wood glued to the table legs when it’s in moving mode.

Rick, Tasmanian Oak is a native Australian timber I beleive. It is also known as Australian ash. It’s heavy, hard and stable, but is pretty easy to work with in most areas. It’s also pretty cost effective as a hardwood in Australia if you buy it rough sawn from a timber merchant.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#6 posted 04-22-2010 09:32 AM

I have to disagree with Rick and his adding an example of what he likes in his shop, an assembly table for some smaller shops should be easy to move around not like your larger shop which has six heavy benches. Some times simple (useful) is best. Just depends.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#7 posted 04-22-2010 11:30 AM

Great table! Are you going to put in any bench dogs? Like the lift system!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 04-22-2010 02:35 PM

wow, I love both of thjem. Nice job on the adjustable wheels. How do you like the Groz vise? I’ve seen them in Woodcraft and them seem to be very well made. I’m making a bench now also and plan on a Groz also.


-- Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 04-22-2010 04:23 PM

Greetings Hallmark:... My intentions here was just to show a table with added drawers underneath for storage, since Boneski had mentioned maybe putting some under his table. This is my main shop workbench, and yes, it doesen’t move. I agree completely with you that an assembly table should be easy to move around. I have two that are on casters, and can be placed where needed…. also my outfeed table for the saw has casters if needed to be moved… not likely, though. Here’s my main assembly table…. big, massive, and moveable…... pretty basic and simple….... You could put drawers under it, also, if you wanted them. But…. what I like and what someone else likes are two different opinions…. Sorry for the pix size…don’t know what happened… it was right before…

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#10 posted 04-23-2010 06:58 AM

Bob, the Groz vice is great. One complaint is that the mounting surface is not flat or square to the jaw face, so I ended up with some packing in there. For such a top quality item, I would have thought this surface would be machined flat and square to the jaw, instead of being rough cast like it is.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#11 posted 04-23-2010 02:03 PM

Hey Boneski… nice table!

had a question regarding the wheels you used.
are you happy with the way it turned out? is it easy to rotate the assembly ? and once the wheels are engaged, does it move around well? is it stable. etc??

reason I ask is because my next big project is a workbench similar to what you have there and I need to have some sort of mechanism to move it around… I really like yours as it seems very clean and simple… just curious how well it operates…

any details you can give on that part would be great… good job!


-- Pabs

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#12 posted 04-24-2010 02:12 AM

Nice table.

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#13 posted 04-25-2010 02:35 AM

Pabs, I’m pretty happy with how the wheel mechanism turned out. The design was a matter of mocking the whole thing up with some offcuts. The only concern I had was the centre of gravity for the pivot, which I tuned up so there was no chance of the wheels folding up when the table was being moved. Gravity and friction holds them in place.
So once you’re ready to make the thing, get some castors and come up with something you’re happy with!

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#14 posted 04-25-2010 02:47 AM

nice work. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#15 posted 04-26-2010 06:33 AM

Very nice! I love the wheel blocks! I’m going to have to add these to my own projects…


-- -- "there are many good reasons to use old hand tools, but moral superiority is NOT one of them..."

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