BMF fold down work tables

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Project by SRRieman posted 05-10-2013 04:33 PM 16098 views 20 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some fold down work tables that I made using cherry and ambrosia maple, plus a couple of 2×4s…
Drilled 20mm holes for festool accessories. I’ll eventually add front rails with dog holes for vertical clamping needs like hinge mortising, edge routing, etc. I only use them for light duty needs, but they hold up very well especially for the minimal hardware involved.

There is also the tool cabinet in the pictures, made using mostly white oak, and some particle board veneered in quarter sawn that I salvaged from an old bookcase.

If I remember correctly, I found both plans out of Shopnotes, but I changed mine up quite a bit. I didn’t use full legs on mine, or full side supports, or the swing brackets. Just simple hinges is enough to keep everything in place and hold strongly even when under heavy pressure. On the cabinet, I used drawer slides for the sliding action too, not what the plans called for.

-- Scott Rieman

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#1 posted 05-10-2013 04:37 PM

Turned out quite nicely Scott… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 05-10-2013 05:00 PM

Great idea! I think you just solved some space issues I’ve been looking to tackle! Fantastic!

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#3 posted 05-10-2013 09:35 PM

Crap! I was going to make one out of MDF. Now I have to rethink my plans…

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#4 posted 05-11-2013 12:54 AM

Great space saver!

-- It's all in a day's work...

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#5 posted 05-11-2013 02:43 AM

Stumpy – funny. I was going to make mine out of mdf so I could cut and drill on top without sweating, but my milling techniques need a lot of practice, hence the hardwood. Plus, I’m able to get most of my cherry and my maple for 2 1/2 bucks or less a bf. All of this stuff, I only paid $2 a bf.

-- Scott Rieman

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#6 posted 05-11-2013 11:45 AM

Woodworkers (and lumberjocks in particular) seem to be given to using acronyms.
I can usually figure out the common ones, such as TS, ROS, BS (bandsaw not the other BS), SS (ShopSmith), and so forth, but I don’t get BMF!
I know, I know, there are many things I don’t “get”.
I usually prefer plainly spoken words instead of abbreviations, but my brief research on BMF revealed a somewhat shocking street expression I’d rather not see spelled out here.
Is that what it means?

Oops, that’s an acronym, isn’t it?

Don “Dances With Wood” Butler
There, that’s better!

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#7 posted 05-11-2013 12:17 PM

Jules Winnfield is a bmf.

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#8 posted 05-11-2013 12:34 PM

I thought the military was big on acronyms but the LJers TTC. “Take the cake”

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#9 posted 05-11-2013 12:44 PM

Very nice tables!


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#10 posted 05-11-2013 05:11 PM

Great job….is that a custom Kreg jig?


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#11 posted 05-12-2013 11:24 PM

I do’t get the BMF thing eather but don’t these tables fold up?

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#12 posted 07-15-2014 01:51 PM

Crap! I was going to make one out of MDF. Now I have to rethink my plans…

- StumpyNubs

I had a friend who teased me for using MDF. Sometimes it was justified, sometimes not. If he even saw a piece of solid wood in my shop, he would wise that he should take it because I wouldn’t know what to do with it. He’s not a friend anymore. I can’t stand people when they know me that well.

Anyway, the tool cabinet is beautiful. Mind sharing some building details? I promise to use real wood.

-- Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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