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I needed an assembly platform for the shop but space, as always, was at a premium. There was not enough real estate for a fixed unit so I devised one that knocks down for easy storage. The platform is 36" x 36" and sits 18" high. It will be used for assembling chairs and casework. The top platform is made from birch plywood and with poplar edge banding and turnbuckles. The supports are built from birch plywood and poplar. Construction of the supports are similar to an I-joist. Photo 2 and 3 show how the support is assembled. One of the major elements in designing this platform was storage. Two of the support legs store within the frame of the top platform (photo 4). The cross support then stores at the bottom and it helps hold the other supports in place (photo 5). The entire unit is meant to hang on the wall on french cleats or it can easily store in a corner. The disassembled unit is only 2.5" thick. The platform and supports are sealed with 2 coats of satin polyurethane to prevent glue drips from sticking. The platform is remarkably strong and easily supports over 250 pounds.

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I love the design. I may have to borrow it. What thickness of plywood did you use?
 

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I used 3/4" birch plywood for the top with 1.75" poplar edge banding. The top of the edge band is rabbeted to accept the plywood. Held together with glue and brads.

The supports used 0.5" birch plywood with 1" wide poplar. The plywood sits in a 0,5" wide x 0,25" d groove. Used Glue and 1.25" brads to attach it.
 

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Great idea
 

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That's a really slick design
 

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Thank you for sharing. Great design and build. It's on my want list.
 

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That is a great design!
 

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That's a great idea Vincent, especially if you are pushed for room in your work area. Looks great…excellent job.
 

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Nice Job. I made one similar but out of 1 piece of very cheap warped 17/32 plywood. Needless to say but yours looks 100000 times better. I use mine to break down sheet goods with my circular saw before I bring them into the garage. Many uses for these
 

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Ingenious design. I may have to borrow that in the new shop.
 

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Very ingenious design. How much would you say the completed assembly weighs? Is it a one person or two person job to get it off the wall and setup?
 

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The entire unit weighs 35 pounds (15.8 kgs for those who follow metric). It can easily be moved on and off the wall by one person.
 

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You should have titled your post "Dis-assemblable Assembly Table"!
 

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Looks like a good way to make one of those Xhorses sold by stanley. Thanks for the idea.
 

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Brilliant idea! Love the design, very convenient and practical for small spaces.
 

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Nice design. In a small work area it is nice to have certain things that store in a small foot print. Thanks for sharing and I agree with several others - may have to share the design.
 
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