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#1 posted 05-01-2017 02:02 PM

Great suggestions. I think something that sits on top of some saw horses sounds like the way to go. Mike, I really like the portable workstation you built. I was worried about just having something that sits on top of saw horses because of the possibility of it sliding around or not being a strong foundation, but it looks like your setup with the notched 2×4 s in the horses takes care of that. Thanks for the feedback!

- Brodimus_Max

Mine started as a blank door slab my wife saw at Home Depot on clearance for $19. Solid MDF core with veneer. It sat on saw horses for a while, then I built a frame for it out of 2x and 4x lumber, added a lower shelf and with sanders, routers, etc. on the shelf, I can barely lift one end. A hard shove on the edge does not budge it. I’ve since added my Jorgensen vise, and twin t-tracks aligned with the dog holes I put in the vice face boards. It’s very versatile. Currently, I’m building three drawer units to go under it, for more useful storage area than just a shelf. I’m sure it’ll continue to evolve over time.

A hollow core door is great if you just need a flat surface, and particularly if you need to be able to set it up and take it down easily. You won’t be able to do anything rough on it since hollow core doors puncture easily, and lack the weight to be really stable.

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