Worktable Top

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Project by Jeremy Greiner posted 01-30-2011 02:56 PM 6643 views 43 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished my worktable top yesterday. It’s 2 sheets of plywood with a hardboard top. The hardboard is just screwed in so I can replace it if/when it gets too damaged.

The trim is red oak I cut the strips from an 8/4 peice of oak. Interesting side effect of ripping 1/4’’ strips from the 8/4 peice of oak instead of resawing I got a quartersawn style pattern on the trim.

The top is covered in 4 coats of wipe on poly and I plan to put on a coat or two of wax on the top. The fold out legs are made from poplar and use the same folding leg brackets as my outfeed table. The plans that this table was based on had a different leg system which I tried but didn’t like so I opted for these legs which work pretty well.

The center top has bench dog holes in it which work well, I plan on adding a bench vise to the front.

When fully expanded the table top is 3’ by 6’ but when folded up it takes up 3’ by 1 1/2’ of space, certianly helps in my effort to conserve space in my garage. In the future I think I will expand the storage under it I’m not sure yet.


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#1 posted 01-30-2011 03:44 PM

Thats a great idea.portable,space saveing,and you could even put wheels on the legs and roll the whole thing around.And many more uses.Thanks for the pics.

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 03:49 PM

very good idea, and you have storage underneath… will be using that for a long time

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 03:52 PM

I have a small garage/woodshop, and this would certainly come in handy. I also like the idea of screwing down the hardboard top. Good job.

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#4 posted 01-30-2011 04:56 PM

Nice work!! Great design.

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#5 posted 01-30-2011 06:10 PM

Well thought-out and certainly a very efficient use of space, especially with the built-in storage. I like the replaceability of the top too.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 01-30-2011 06:18 PM

Very nice Jeremy. I like the small footprint it has when folded up. Great design. I use hardboard on a lot of my counter tops and I use double sided tape so I don’t have a chance of scratching anything with a screw head. Just a thought. Thanks for the post.

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#7 posted 01-30-2011 10:44 PM

Jeremy, can you tell use a little more about how the legs fold up. Also, what hardware did you use for the wheels?

Nice job. It’s on my list of things to build. (List has about 200 items on it).

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#8 posted 01-30-2011 11:59 PM

I was very careful to countersink the skrews completely then with the finish and wax I’m hoping it won’t scratch anything, but the double sided tape is a good idea as well.

The wheels are a mobile base kit that’s meant to create mobile bases for tools. I like how it easy it made it to have wheels and levelers added at the same time so I used it for that. It looks like they don’t cary it online anymore, I got mine from my local woodcraft store.

The leg brackets I used I found at lee valley,43586

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#9 posted 01-31-2011 12:36 AM

Thank Jeremy. Woodcraft is out of the wheels as well. Peachtree’s site says they have them.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#10 posted 01-31-2011 01:28 AM

This is a great idea for a small shop. Thanks.

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#11 posted 01-31-2011 02:00 AM

Another one of those threads that ALMOST didn’t entice me to click in.

Glad I did, though.

Very nice idea, very well executed.

And … as always … MORE proof to the universal law that … you can never have enough clamps :-)

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#12 posted 01-31-2011 09:17 PM

Nice work. I built a similar one and they are very handy.

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