Assembly Table #1: The idea!

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Blog entry by Callum Kendall posted 07-14-2008 11:21 PM 1361 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was thinking this weekend about what I will need in my shop when I have finshed the build. I liked the assembly table that Marc (the wood whisperer) made in one of his videos. This is my fist attempt at sketch-up, so hear is the idea :)


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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 07-14-2008 11:24 PM

Hi Callum;

Are the end cabinets drawer bases?

This will be a big help in the shop for assembly.


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#2 posted 07-14-2008 11:45 PM

I really liked Marc’s design, he uyilized all the available space on his.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#3 posted 07-15-2008 01:02 AM

You will want to make sure you build a torsion box for the top. It should be at least 5” thick plus the top and bottom. The torsion box, if built right, will last a lifetime. 3/4” mdf is very stable and strong. Use the same thickness material for the top as the bottom. Otherwise it will warp. It is no different than veneering. I use a piece of 3/4” melamine for a second loose top that is used for normal, every day stuff. I set it aside when making more critical glue-ups. This allows fast clean up with a bit of water or solvent when assembling.
Mine is a bit lower than what you have drawn so as to be able to work with taller items without having to use a step stool. You can also use the top for vacuum pressing.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#4 posted 07-15-2008 02:16 AM

OK – here’s my thought. If this is your first shop and you’ve not really gotten head first, knee deep and up to your eyeballs into woodworking, you may want to have a different assembly table. I say this because as you start woodworking, you start with one idea and evolve from there. So while you think you are going to start with a bunch of cabinets you may actually end up doing small boxes. Let your assembly table evolve with your woodworking skills and projects.

Now just so you know I’m speaking from experience and not just trying to rain on your parade, I had a huge table to do assemblies on. It did not take long to realize that I needed to undo thatI table and make something much smaller.

I don’t know, I’m a bit of a pessimist, but I think you need to start slow with large tables, etc. because they use a lot of valuable shop space that you may end up wanting to use for something else and then what do you do with the large table. It’s like not going out and buying every large tool there is to buy without really knowing what you will end up using it for.

Just some thoughts.

By the way, I am soooo jealous about your sketch up skills. I can’t get that program to work with diddly.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 07-15-2008 02:19 AM

Callum, do you need to enclose the underneath section. you might find storage shelves are easier to access although not as attractive.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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