Assembly/ Outfeed Table

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Project by SteveGrimes posted 08-20-2012 07:35 AM 3774 views 10 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Outfeed/ Assembly Table

I’ve decided to make shop cabinets to organize my shop, and made an assembly table for this project.

Thewoodwhiperer and David Mark’s videos gave me the basics for torsion box construction using 1/2” MDF. I decided to dado half-lap joints rather than nailing individual MDF segments. Assembling the dado’ed MDF sections, I had to be very careful to maintain a straight, square line as the sections were glued. After the grid was completed, plywood squares were glued in the grid where needed for fastening the outer edging and the base.

The “KD” BORG dimensional lumber used on top of the sawhorses to support the construction of the torsion box twisted and warped every day of the project even though it was ripped and milled weeks before I began. If I had to do this again, I would think about using synthetic wood of some type to support the sawhorses, I’d use plywood or MDx.

I used the base as practice for a future workbench. I laminated red oak and made 3” mortise/tenons for the stretchers and rails using a benchtop mortiser and dado set. Lesson learned when cutting the tenons was that a shoulder plane is very useful for getting a tight fit.

The edging on the torsion box is maple. I used a plug cutter set to bore holes and create plugs to cover the screws. The edging is level with a replaceable hardboard top. Finish is two coats of varnish.

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#1 posted 08-20-2012 12:29 PM

That looks like one beefy assembly table and you have left yourself plenty of room underneath for the possible addition of storage in the future. Nice job!

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#2 posted 08-20-2012 09:27 PM

You’re right, I’d like to make some storage like this project;

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