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Project by NiteWalker posted 07-17-2013 06:06 PM 5208 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s ugly, and some of the boards I used were a bit twisted so there’s a few gaps, but it’s solid, heavy and was cheap to build.

I finally got my planer, the Dewalt DW734 (great deal) and lifted it from the floor to the table saw to use about twice before I decided I needed something more permanent and less stressful to my back. Some web searching led me right back here to LJ. :-)

I wanted something easy and simple to build from the scrap 2×4’s and an old 2×12 shelf that’s been in the garage for 10 years or more. After finding the Easy Shop Table, I figured that’s the one for me. I had all the 2x scraps for the frame, some mdf scraps for the shelves, and an old router table top to be used as the planer platform (3/4” baltic birch plywood). The only out of pocket cost will be the casters (not added yet).

I printed out the plans by Lockwatcher so I could figure out what changes needed to be made to the pieces to fit my shop and planer. Overall dimensions are 24” long x 24” wide x 32” tall with the casters. It’s the perfect size. I added a middle shelf so there’s two inner leg pieces instead of one. I added a middle brace to give the top more support. It was a pretty simple project other than working with the defects of the old scraps. It was completed in an afternoon and was assembled with glue and mcfeely’s screws.

If I were to build another one I’d do as the plans suggest and get a couple of nice 2×10’s.
It’s a very solid design, and I may go ahead and build the torsion box assembly table as in the wood magazine plans where Lockwatcher got the idea for his table.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#1 posted 07-17-2013 06:23 PM

I have that same planer. I love it. Nice table. I need to build one of these too. I have a temporary set up right now. These little shop tables look easy to make. I’ll have to tackle one soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 06:27 PM

The planer is great, I love mine too. :-)
everything that goes in comes out very smooth. I’m glad I didn’t splurge on the more expensive dw735.

It was really easy to build. If you follow Ken’s plans and buy the 2×10’s new you’ll probably have an easier time than I did.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 07-17-2013 07:42 PM

Good job. You are going to love that mobile stand.

Mine is similar, but flips. Plan is from “The Complete Small Shop” magazine that I got with my subscription to ShopNotes. Only difference is I used 2 x lumber recycled from my old work bench, cut to 3 inches wide. Legs are glued and screwed together. I added a lower shelf later but don’t have a picture of it.

Strong, I tell ya.

Note: I just finished planing some boards, rolled the stand out of the way and rolled the jointer out so I can smooth an edge. Very convenient to be mobile.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 07-17-2013 11:24 PM

Nice job Mike!
I’ll probably build a flip top version when I get the ridgid oss later on.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 07-17-2013 11:55 PM

I built something similar and found that the shelves (and in my case drawers) collected a lot of sawdust.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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