My poor excuse for a height adjustable work table

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Project by therealSteveN posted 02-15-2018 02:10 PM 1844 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had a height adjustable bench for years, though I will admit mine doesn’t have the ease of one recently shown here. Pluses for the $$$$ encumbered is it is a smallish outlay for the stands, but in less than 5 seconds they can be used as stands again, so you are really not out a lot of cash you can’t justify. All of the wood was scap, and yes that is plain Jane CDX plywood, no fancy schmansy BB ply for me, though if you have some of that, feel free to use it.

I call it my poor man’s excuse for a height adjustable bench. It works, so I don’t knock it. It was brand new when I took these pics, much paint. finish and dried glue these days. My table can be recovered, or remade in less than 30 minutes, as you can see it isn’t real involved, but it doesn’t move at all.

I bought the stands years ago at Sears at Christmas. They were usually 99 bux apiece, outrageous. They had a 2 for 1 at 39 bux, and at the time I didn’t have a decent outfeed table for a new table saw, and they allowed me to get by with a short bed jointer for years, with on, and off rollers doing a lot of the work holding on longer pieces. Today I would look at Harbor Freight. I believe they have some very similar, tilting tops, and height adjustable. Possibly Amazon as well.

I saw that much better thread, and thought well shoot maybe someone doesn’t know what a crazy thought will get ya. I can easily lift off the top, and there are 2 large capacity rollers to use for anywhere they work.
The only work pic I have of it working, was also right when I made it, no woodworking then. I was in the middle of a large tile job, and got tired of kneeling down to make cuts. I thought if I just had some way to lift this saw up…..........

For years I used it for an on the go chop saw bench, in the last years I usually use it for an assembly bench. If you have ever needed to get on a ladder to assemble a tall case, you will understand the luxury of a sometimes low bench to assemble from.

Thanks for looking

-- Think safe, be safe

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View mel52's profile


1514 posts in 1068 days

#1 posted 02-16-2018 02:48 AM

If it works, it works. I have had a lot worse than you could even dream of, but they worked.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 02-16-2018 03:12 AM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 03-06-2018 09:14 PM

Nice work. It shows your craftsmanship and creativity.

-- James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 03-07-2018 12:40 AM

Probably the absolute worst example of my craftsmanship, and creativity, it was however catching a grounder when I was needing a solution. Got the tile saw up in the air, and didn’t cost me a dollar in material that wasn’t already laying around.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 10-14-2018 02:31 PM

Some of our most useful “Jigs” or “Work areas” are not the prettiest. It does NOT have to be pretty to be functional. (I am walking example of that).

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 01-09-2019 04:04 PM

I love it! Functionality wins!

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#7 posted 02-17-2019 09:28 PM

Timeless and classic. Elitist yet proletariat in appearance. Easily assembled and/or stored. $$$$ looking but cheap by design. Yes, no one will ever suspect much of this but you know it’s intrinsic value.

Loved it. It probably took you longer to write up this post then to build your project. Well done sir! Looking forward to more of your posts.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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woodshaver Tony C

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#8 posted 10-24-2019 11:57 PM

Nothing wrong with something that work the way you want it to! Good job!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 10-25-2019 05:04 AM

That’s what kicking butt and taking names is all about. A real masterpiece of usefulness. Wow. Just wow.

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