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Just before I went to buy that stuff for my daughters toddler bed, I was thumbing through this magazine I bought a couple years ago. One of those "greatest projects" magazines you see at the register at Lowes or Home Depot. Anyway, I saw a plan for a work table I thought was pretty basic, fit my needs, and would be something I could do on a Saturday. So I bought the 16 carriage bolts, three 2×6's, and four 2×4's I needed that day along with the toddler bed materials.

I wish I would have put it together before I made her bed. It was a struggle assembling that thing on either of my current "work tables". One of them is a portion of a 3/4" sheet of plywood I clamp down to my table saw. And here is my other:



Yep. Two saw horses with a sheet of plywood accross them. So obviously I needed something I could work and/or assemble things on.

Down the road, once I've honed my skills and know exactly what I want, I'll build that all impressive workbench. But right now, I want something that is simple and cheap and that I can move around the shop if I need to.

I haven't bought the 2 sheets of 3/4" plywood I need for the top. Or the hardwood to protect the edges. But I do have the 1/8" hardboard that will be the table top. And the picture above is the lumber cut down just before I started assembling yesterday.

I had a little help from my daughter. After I drilled the 3/8" holes, she put the carriage bolts in and yell "HAMMER". After I'd hammer them in she'd put the washers on and attempt the nuts. She's a doll.





As I was cleaning up, I tore down my old workbench. Here's the last known picture of her just before she was disassembled:



I'll blog with more pics once I'm complete. Hopefully soon.
 

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The Base

Just before I went to buy that stuff for my daughters toddler bed, I was thumbing through this magazine I bought a couple years ago. One of those "greatest projects" magazines you see at the register at Lowes or Home Depot. Anyway, I saw a plan for a work table I thought was pretty basic, fit my needs, and would be something I could do on a Saturday. So I bought the 16 carriage bolts, three 2×6's, and four 2×4's I needed that day along with the toddler bed materials.

I wish I would have put it together before I made her bed. It was a struggle assembling that thing on either of my current "work tables". One of them is a portion of a 3/4" sheet of plywood I clamp down to my table saw. And here is my other:



Yep. Two saw horses with a sheet of plywood accross them. So obviously I needed something I could work and/or assemble things on.

Down the road, once I've honed my skills and know exactly what I want, I'll build that all impressive workbench. But right now, I want something that is simple and cheap and that I can move around the shop if I need to.

I haven't bought the 2 sheets of 3/4" plywood I need for the top. Or the hardwood to protect the edges. But I do have the 1/8" hardboard that will be the table top. And the picture above is the lumber cut down just before I started assembling yesterday.

I had a little help from my daughter. After I drilled the 3/8" holes, she put the carriage bolts in and yell "HAMMER". After I'd hammer them in she'd put the washers on and attempt the nuts. She's a doll.





As I was cleaning up, I tore down my old workbench. Here's the last known picture of her just before she was disassembled:



I'll blog with more pics once I'm complete. Hopefully soon.
that looks like a great project. I understand what you mean about wanting a good assembly space before working on other projects. I still haven't gotten around to it yet though(-:

Thanks for the blog update. Keep us posted as you wrap up.
 

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She's finished . . . for now that is.

I was able to finish up my work table this weekend. Well, all but chamfering or rounding over the edges.

I took thursday and friday off. Friday because it was beautiful. And thursday (St. Patricks Day) because it was my daughters 2nd birthday. But I got up early on thursday and made it out to pick up a couple sheets of 3/4" plywood, a plywood blade for my circular saw, and oak for the edges.

While I was cutting the plywood down on friday afternoon, I either burnt up my saw or completely ran through a brand new blade. Had to finish up cutting the plywood with my plunge router and a spiral bit. Which worked out well. Only I had to flush trim the top to the bottom because the spiral bit was too short to cut the bottom sheet with the top sheet on top of it.

My parents came in this weekend, so saturday my dad and I screwed down the hardboard, trimmed it, then flush cut it. After that we mitred the oak to length then ripped it and screwed it on, flush with the top of the hardboard. Then I took the belt sander to the corners. Easing/rounding them over.

I think I spent $135 total on this table. That's including that plywood blade and a $5 box of square head screws. It would have been cheaper if I could have got 3/4" MDF instead of plywood. But a 4×8 sheet is pretty hard to move/handle by myself.

I'm happy with it though. I didn't have a bench or table to work & assemble and finish any of my projects on. Was using the tablesaw or a couple saw horses to work on things and either the garage or kitchen floor to assemble them on.

But the top is 42.5" x 82.5" and it's 35" tall. I know it will be big enough for most everything I plan on doing. It's heavy enough to be sturdy but light enough that I can move it without any problem.

In the future I may enclose the base and I'm pretty sure I'm going to install a couple power strips. One on each side of the base. Just under the top.

Table Wood Floor Workbench Flooring


Wood Floor Flooring Gas Workbench
 

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She's finished . . . for now that is.

I was able to finish up my work table this weekend. Well, all but chamfering or rounding over the edges.

I took thursday and friday off. Friday because it was beautiful. And thursday (St. Patricks Day) because it was my daughters 2nd birthday. But I got up early on thursday and made it out to pick up a couple sheets of 3/4" plywood, a plywood blade for my circular saw, and oak for the edges.

While I was cutting the plywood down on friday afternoon, I either burnt up my saw or completely ran through a brand new blade. Had to finish up cutting the plywood with my plunge router and a spiral bit. Which worked out well. Only I had to flush trim the top to the bottom because the spiral bit was too short to cut the bottom sheet with the top sheet on top of it.

My parents came in this weekend, so saturday my dad and I screwed down the hardboard, trimmed it, then flush cut it. After that we mitred the oak to length then ripped it and screwed it on, flush with the top of the hardboard. Then I took the belt sander to the corners. Easing/rounding them over.

I think I spent $135 total on this table. That's including that plywood blade and a $5 box of square head screws. It would have been cheaper if I could have got 3/4" MDF instead of plywood. But a 4×8 sheet is pretty hard to move/handle by myself.

I'm happy with it though. I didn't have a bench or table to work & assemble and finish any of my projects on. Was using the tablesaw or a couple saw horses to work on things and either the garage or kitchen floor to assemble them on.

But the top is 42.5" x 82.5" and it's 35" tall. I know it will be big enough for most everything I plan on doing. It's heavy enough to be sturdy but light enough that I can move it without any problem.

In the future I may enclose the base and I'm pretty sure I'm going to install a couple power strips. One on each side of the base. Just under the top.

Table Wood Floor Workbench Flooring


Wood Floor Flooring Gas Workbench
I don't have nearly enough space for something like this, but it turned out great.
 

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