Thursday, November 8, 2007

Assembly Table

Here are progress pics of the assembly table I started about 2 years ago. It's been waiting for a top and doors since then so is completely sawdust-filled on the inside. The top will be something like a torsion box made of studs (see sketch), which will then be wrapped with a finger-jointed walnut apron. The top itself will be cherry mdf, which will be attached from underneath with brackets so I can replace it if it gets too dinged up. The doors will be tombstone-shaped, frame and panel (see sketch), and attached with invisible hinges. Ultimately, the table will have a face vise and twin-end screw vise, but I'll get back to you in about 2 more years on that. The table will mainly be used for handplaning, as it will stand only about 29" tall, and for assembling larger pieces of furniture.
The frame is walnut with 3.5" square legs, while the panels, bottom shelf, and upright support are cherry mdf. At this stage in construction, I'm guessing it weighs about 250 lbs. When finished with top, doors, and vises, it will be more like 400 lbs. I purposely made it heavy, so it wouldn't rack or move under the pressure of handplaning. I pity the poor sucker who has to move it when I'm dead.

8 comments:

Wyldth1ng said...

Who says someone will move it when you are dead?

The Village Carpenter said...

I figure the odds of another woodworker buying my house seem pretty slim. I assume this assembly table will live as a kitchen island (or as an excellent bon fire) in its next life.

Wyldth1ng said...

I've been looking at your sketches and I don't see why you need all the support that you have drawn?

The Village Carpenter said...

Wyld, that's an excellent observation. Essentially, this is a workbench. Workbench tops need to be rigid, dead-flat, and able to withstand some heavy-duty pounding. I played around with other benchtop designs and chose this one not only because it met the above criteria, but because the torsion box configuration will result in very little wood movement. Since the apron will be walnut, I had to design a support system that wouldn't pull the apron apart with seasonal wood movement. I hope that answers your question. Thanks for the comment!

Presbyfruit said...

Omigod, that woodworking language drives me wild!!!

Wyldth1ng said...

It just seems like something I would do, and I tend to make things so they last ten lifetimes. Overkill, in a way.

Fun. Very fun.

LadyBurg said...

Ya'll are scaring me!

Shazza said...

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