Rolling (and folding) assembly table

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Project by hianupam posted 12-27-2011 07:43 PM 16142 views 65 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This design was published in the wood magazine (i think the October issue). It fit my needs perfectly as my shop, when not in the working mode, needs to be folded into the 1 car garage portion, to make room for the wife’s car and my motorcycle. The build went pretty well. I followed the directions and the dimensions as published in the magazine. It is made out of dimension lumber (2×12s and 2X8s) and laminated 3/4 MDF. Cost me about 140 bucks in materials and spent the holiday weekend working on it.
Couple of things to watch out for, if you decide to build it.
1. Pay attention to which direction you are drilling the pocket holes to attach the tabletop. I drilled them when when pre assembly and drilled them the wrong way.
2. The leg dimensions were wrong in the original article and were corrected in the December issue. Cut them to final length after you assemble the frame and place it where you will use it. Due to the slant in the garage floor, I had to make 2 legs longer to account for that, even though I have levelers installed.
3. Don’t use lag bolts to attach the legs. They rip through the wood when you are installing the lock nut. I swapped them out for hex bolts.
I am happy to finally have a decent assembly table that has a dead flat top. I was getting sick of the folding picnic table that I had been using along with saw horses !

-- Measure Twice, Cut Once

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#1 posted 12-27-2011 09:01 PM

You did a very nice job. Thanks for sharing your modifications and details about the build.

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#2 posted 12-27-2011 09:18 PM

Great job! It looks like you will have a nice assembly table for a lot of applications. Sure a space saver too!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#3 posted 12-27-2011 09:57 PM

That’s one kick ass table! I love it!

-- Jim - Fort Worth/Dallas

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#4 posted 12-27-2011 10:47 PM

Now that’s just way to cool. Well done! I’m going to have to build one of those for my very limited shop space. Thanks a bunch for sharing you project with all of us.


-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 12-27-2011 11:20 PM

I need this. Do they have the dimensions online? Thanks

-- Angular error is proportionate to the distance run

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#6 posted 12-28-2011 01:25 AM

You did a great job with this table and it will come in so handy.


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#7 posted 12-28-2011 02:01 AM

This will be very handy and a real space saver. It seems that they are very popular since Wood mag published the plans. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 12-28-2011 04:12 AM

Sweet! That would make a great project for the first of the year. did you come up with it yourself or did you follow some plans?

-- Doug

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#9 posted 12-28-2011 04:49 PM

fantastic – i have been looking for some kind of rolling table. Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 12-28-2011 05:08 PM

Great execution!

-- - Ray

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#11 posted 12-28-2011 05:40 PM

I saw those plans in my WOOD mag. Honestly, I wasn’t real impressed with the idea. It looks heavy and awkward to use.

I think you did a great job. I always love looking at other’s projects. Just this one isn’t for me.

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#12 posted 12-28-2011 05:49 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. It was a good weekend project. I still have to apply finish to the top.
@noBuckle, the project appeared on the october issue of the wood magazine. It was very well laid out and easy to follow.
@scotthesurveyor, I don’t believe that they have the plans online. If you interested in building it, I can give you the dimensions and sketch some pictures (hopefully without violating copyright laws :). I normally use sketchup to plan my projects. Since this was so well laid out, I actually just followed the plans in the mag and have nothing electronic that I can share.

-- Measure Twice, Cut Once

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#13 posted 12-28-2011 10:06 PM

Great job on this, if possible I would also be interested in some dimensions and a sketch of this please. Plus I don’t think you would be violating CR laws since its no longer their design after you modified it to fit your needs(not a lawyer just my $.02)

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#14 posted 12-29-2011 05:22 AM

Great table Love that it is portable and fold up. A link to the plans would be most helpful.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#15 posted 12-29-2011 04:20 PM

I will draw up the plans over the weekend the post them here. Thanks again for looking.

-- Measure Twice, Cut Once

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