A week or so back I posted pictures of the workbench/assembly table that
I was building and finally today I am just about finished. I'm debating
whether to add 2 attachment bolts to hold the two units together.
I elected to not drill the 32,548 holes in the top.... My Festool work
table has enough. ;~)
The legs. With material storage on the wings that stick out.
All set up with a full sheet of plywood on top.
I jumped up to sit in the middle of one side. Not a sound did I hear....
Weight, not sure. Probably 50 ish. Lbs each. Light enough for me to pick
up in the middle and carry around by my self. Think about the weight of a
single sheet of 1/2" plywood. Just a little more than that. Because the
sides, ends, and inner supports have the middles cut out they are just a
few pounds total. Each section is 20"x96".
I think I will be standing them on their ends at a wall just behind the end
of the garage door support rail. I have 9' ceilings in my garage so that
should not be an issue.
On 2/18/2018 8:57 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I had a support system made up of 2x4's that had an interior opening of
54" wide and spaced 2' apart for 8'. The plywood would have had to bow
between the 2' spans. And I mostly had 3/4" sheet goods up there. AND
that was in a 2 car garage above the garage door.
I had wondered the purpose of the wings in the construction photos
Flat assembly surfaces are always near priceless--what's the height; I
made mine somewhat lower so a 30" or so piece on top wasn't out of reach
or such a strain to reach...but they weren't nearly so fancily-built,
Pre-cicely! Worthe their weight in gold!
-what's the height;
I mentioned earlier 50 lbs ish but maybe less, The top and bottom on one
side add up to 40" x 96". All vertical pieces are hollowed put, 2 long
on the sides and 5 shot perpendicular to the sides.
Just a hair over the weight od a full sheet of 1/2" ply. Light enough
to not be concerned about setting up and breaking down by my self.
I wanted large the large flat area as a work surface. I assemble FF's
and I want them to be flat. This should work for those. IIRC this is
about 39" tall.
A close look and this ain't so fancy, no sir! ;~) I was not going for
purdy so much as functional.
I will say the blue nylon webbing/straps to replace hinges and to limit
the splay of the legs works surprisingly well. I think I got 25' of it
Forgot to address in my precious response.
The top wing, if you will notice, extends out a few inches further than
the lower wings.
It extends past the side of the work surface so that I can have a place
to put my track with parallel guides. It is normally an issue finding a
place to put it when working with multiple sheets of plywood.
See? The fishing works. ;-)
I like it. A lot! How do you deal with cutting the top of the bench?
I built my cutting bench on a solid-core door with a sheet of 3/4" MDF
just sitting on top, held in place by side rails 1/4" shy of the
surface. I'm not short on space so portability wasn't important. It's
on casters but it never moves more than a foot or two.
On Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 7:24:12 PM UTC-5, -MIKE- wrote:
I've picked up a few hollow core door over the years 'cuz I kept hearing
that they are "Dead flat, light, cheap". Maybe it's the doors I've tried
'cuz I only get 2 out of 3 and dead flat ain't one of them.
The lower face of the main one in the picture is convex, the other one (on
the right) is concave, as shown here:
I've tossed 2 or 3 more that were also not flat.
On the flip side, last week I ran across a local place on Offer-Up that has
dozens of salvaged workbenches of all shapes and sizes. Some workbench tops
without legs also. The guy was tossing around prices of $50 for tops, up to
$150 for complete benches. I wasn't dressed to dig around and crawl through
a salvage warehouse and I didn't have a straightedge with me anyway, but I'
be going back.
Maybe it's a regional thing and I'm sure it varies by lot, but the ones
I've gotten have pretty darn nice.
Also, I guess "dead flat" is relative to the context and applications.
I don't mean dead flat like a granite machinists table.
I mean dead flat for portable work surfaces when compared to a couple
2x4s sitting across sawhorses with a sheet of whatever on top.
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