Swiss Army Table, part one

The new project is pretty simple in scope – make an assembly table that replaces one of my work tables. But due to size restraints, this table has to function as more. I need storage space, and a space where I can make some crossfire with my circular saw.

Enter the Ultimate Tool Stand.

This is a project I’ve wanted to do for awhile, but have been reluctant. Its a very big unit, at six feet in length. This is half a wall in the shop, so you can see my reluctance. But the features of this project were just too appealing for me to continue waiting on the sidelines.

This six foot behemoth will store my miter saw and my planer. But it wont just store it. It has a removable section on top that these tools will slide into and provide a platform to use them. I will also have a downdraft sanding table, something that should cut down on dust when I have to sand. The original plans also call for a router station, but my router table works fine. Perhaps at some point when I need more space I will use it, but instead I will have a pocket hole station. The table serves as a great assembly and glue up table, something I don’t have right now.

The first part of the project involved picking up three sheets of MDF. It turns out that while I thought I could cut out an entire sheet of MDF by not building the router stuff, I’ll have to go and pick up another half sheet. Oh well.

MDF is heavy. In fact, it broke my miter saw station turned assembly table. I took a few scraps of plywood and raised the top panel off of the other ones so I could make some crosscuts. I got four of the six box surfaces done, and got the length for all the long pieces done. I would have gotten more done, but I had to fiddle with getting the fence aligned on the saw. About then I ran out of time and had to shut down for the evening. I didn’t get started until about 7:30pm.

The plan for today is to get those long pieces cut to size, and get the pieces for the torsion box cut and put together. A torsion box is fantastic for keeping a structure perfectly flat with no twisting. And when you’re putting together glued panels, this is mandatory. I also hope to do a bit of housekeeping around the yard so it doesn’t look so crappy.

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