Real man's DIY question here...
I don't have a proper workshop (yet), but I need to start making stuff for the house. I have a shed that can take an 8x4' sheet on its side for storage, just to give an idea of what I do have.
I don't have any level surfaces either outside. I do have a block paved drive to work off, but its curved, unlevel but solid. So I'm thinking of making a worktable top that can be sat on adjustable feet trestles to work off.
It needs to be:
1) dead flat for gluing up;
2) water resistant (ie will not warp if it gets rained on);
3) not insanely heavy for carrying back to the shed.
3 rules out glueing up loads of 2x4" which is the traditional way to make a monster solid bench.
2 rules out any use of MDF.
So I was wondering if anyone had any ideas? 2x4" frame with 3/4" ply glued/screwed to the top maybe?
And how can I test that a surface is fully in one plane (ie dead flat)? Measure it with a level in every direction (assuming we build on the target tresles and that these can been set up first to be level). Or is there another way :)
I'd also like the option to make this a modular saw bench and router bench with a removable ply panel say around 1.5x2' which can be replaced by identical panels that are customised to hold a circular saw and router upside down. I guess this is just a matter of adding some extra 2x4" framing to form a window in the surface that the panel can site on and be made solid with bolts into nutserts.
I would want to then start looking to evolve this with guide rails and/or T-track to make it more versatile - but I'll probably start with a plunge saw track of some sort.
All random thoughts welcome :)