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Offline overanalyze

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Cutting/work table
« on: August 01, 2013, 11:41 PM »
Thought I would post up some pics of my cutting table. It is all assembled with half laps so it breaks down real quick.
















EDIT> added spaces  to seperate pictures.
« Last Edit: August 02, 2013, 06:14 PM by SRSemenza »

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Offline builderbob

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2013, 12:07 AM »
That looks great!  I see some kerf marks, so I'm assuming you've used it...how do you like it?
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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2013, 12:25 AM »
Can you post pics of it broken-down? Is it meant to be moved from job to job?  Regardless, it looks great. I'm looking to build portable job site table and can't decide on design. Are you happy with its stability? Sorry all the questions, david

Offline Motown

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2013, 02:33 AM »
Really clean design. Do you mind sharing some of the dimensions: height, width, length?

Offline pugilato

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2013, 07:36 AM »
I like it... more info, please

Offline overanalyze

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2013, 08:03 AM »
Thanks guys! I did steal the basic design from another one I saw and then made quite a few enhancements. It is meant to break down and move from shop to the job site. I can take a picture the next time I break it down.

 I used two sheets of 3/4" luan plywood. It's assembled width is 4' x 8'.  I made a quick jig to route the half laps all the same. This way all the pieces are interchangeable. I made the height match my portable table saw on its stand, so it can double as an out-feed table.

It can hold a ton of weight and it is fairly stable. The half laps are snug but not tight. This does allow for a little "sway" lengthwise, but nothing major.


Offline polarsea1

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2013, 05:10 PM »
Probably a silly question but did you square the ends of the grooves?

Offline overanalyze

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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2013, 06:24 PM »
Yep. Used a 3/8" bit to route the groove and then a quick cleanup with the trion. Hit everything with a quick 1/8" roundover and a sander.

Offline JerrySats

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2013, 07:18 PM »
Nice job on that table .  Do you have pics of the jig you made ?   What's the width of the braces ?  Thanks

Offline overanalyze

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2013, 12:33 AM »
Here's the jig. Quick and dirty, but it worked well. I had 5-10 minutes in building it and used scrap from the shop.


Offline waltwood

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2013, 06:29 PM »
This is great! I have been trying to come up with an idea for a cutting table for 2 days and none of them suited me and a couple others I saw on this site I did not really like. This one is perfect for me.  I might get a friend with a CNC machine to cut one out for me because it does those joints with no slop at all and I don't want to dissemble mine. Thanks.


Offline overanalyze

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2013, 09:55 PM »
This is great! I have been trying to come up with an idea for a cutting table for 2 days and none of them suited me and a couple others I saw on this site I did not really like. This one is perfect for me.  I might get a friend with a CNC machine to cut one out for me because it does those joints with no slop at all and I don't want to dissemble mine. Thanks.

Thanks a lot! If you don't want to break it down, then just use some pocket screws to hold it all tight. I will also put a sheet of Dow down first and then put on my sheet goods to get premium dust collection and prevent scratching if it's pre-finished goods.

Offline waltwood

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2013, 04:59 PM »
By Dow you mean the foamboard? How does that hold up to the saw kerfs. The ply I am cutting is $70 a sheet so scratching it is an issue. Up to now I have been sawing on 2 x 4's across horses and I always have to re-position them according to what cut I am making and with your table it looks like any cut on a 4 x 8 sheet would not pinch the blade or fall in the floor.

Offline overanalyze

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Re: Re: Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2013, 05:48 PM »
By Dow you mean the foamboard? How does that hold up to the saw kerfs. The ply I am cutting is $70 a sheet so scratching it is an issue. Up to now I have been sawing on 2 x 4's across horses and I always have to re-position them according to what cut I am making and with your table it looks like any cut on a 4 x 8 sheet would not pinch the blade or fall in the floor.

Exactly why I built it. No pinch points and no moving the sheet around. The Dow is the pink or blue or green Styrofoam.  The white stuff isn't a good idea (it low density). If your blade is set correct, one sheet last a while.

Offline JerrySats

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2013, 10:52 PM »


Thanks for sharing your table , I'm real happy how mine turned out .  I gotta say this thing is strong as can be .

Offline fshanno

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2013, 01:35 AM »

Thanks for sharing your table , I'm real happy how mine turned out .  I gotta say this thing is strong as can be .


Do I see the the granite top Ridged table saw in the background?  Mine was recalled and since I was too far to have a technician come to me I had them come pick it up.  I really liked that saw.
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Offline overanalyze

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Re: Re: Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2013, 07:08 AM »


Thanks for sharing your table , I'm real happy how mine turned out .  I gotta say this thing is strong as can be .
Wow! That was fast! Glad you like it. Its crazy how much weight it can hold.

Offline JerrySats

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2013, 01:05 PM »

Thanks for sharing your table , I'm real happy how mine turned out .  I gotta say this thing is strong as can be .


Do I see the the granite top Ridged table saw in the background?  Mine was recalled and since I was too far to have a technician come to me I had them come pick it up.  I really liked that saw.


Good eye there. Yes your right I added the incra fence systen to it.

Offline JerrySats

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Re: Re: Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2013, 01:08 PM »


Thanks for sharing your table , I'm real happy how mine turned out .  I gotta say this thing is strong as can be .
Wow! That was fast! Glad you like it. Its crazy how much weight it can hold.

I thought yhere would be some wobble to it but its rock solid. I did wax the sides and that hepls taking it apart.

Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2013, 11:26 PM »
Your opinion ...would this table be good for portable jobsite table? Looks like when disassembled it could be fairly compact? Do you think daily set up & break down would create slop in joints? 

Offline atlr

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« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2013, 06:48 AM »
Could adding UHMW Polyethylene Rubber Adhesive Tape to the the slots (resized for the tape) be helpful for  set-up/breakdown durability?

...Do you think daily set up & break down would create slop in joints? 

Offline overanalyze

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Re: Re: Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2013, 07:58 AM »
Your opinion ...would this table be good for portable jobsite table? Looks like when disassembled it could be fairly compact? Do you think daily set up & break down would create slop in joints? 

I built this table to be brought to the job. It breaks down and lays flat. I think the table it cheap enough to build if I am wearing out the slots, then it has made me enough money to build another one!

Offline John_

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2013, 11:05 AM »
Here is another way to do it - using  2 x 4's

These are the Dewalt Saw horses that can be found at Lowes or Home Depot.  They are height adjustable and have two notches at the top to hold the two main 2 x 4's in place.
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Offline JerrySats

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2013, 02:50 PM »
John I like that setup.  I made mine to use on jobsites. Wax sure helped me to get it apart easier.

Re: Re: Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #24 on: August 14, 2013, 11:14 PM »
Your opinion ...would this table be good for portable jobsite table? Looks like when disassembled it could be fairly compact? Do you think daily set up & break down would create slop in joints? 

I built this table to be brought to the job. It breaks down and lays flat. I think the table it cheap enough to build if I am wearing out the slots, then it has made me enough money to build another one!
good point...if they wear out ,it means your working making $$

Offline LM

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Re: Re: Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #25 on: August 22, 2013, 03:32 PM »


Thanks for sharing your table , I'm real happy how mine turned out .  I gotta say this thing is strong as can be .
Wow! That was fast! Glad you like it. Its crazy how much weight it can hold.

I thought yhere would be some wobble to it but its rock solid. I did wax the sides and that hepls taking it apart.

Nice table how big are the sections? What's the overlap?

Regards
Leigh

Offline JerrySats

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Re: Re: Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #26 on: August 27, 2013, 08:54 PM »


Thanks for sharing your table , I'm real happy how mine turned out .  I gotta say this thing is strong as can be .
Wow! That was fast! Glad you like it. Its crazy how much weight it can hold.

I thought there would be some wobble to it but its rock solid. I did wax the sides and that hepls taking it apart.

Nice table how big are the sections? What's the overlap?

Regards
Leigh

I used 2 - 4x8 sheets of plywood . It works out to be right about 16" and half of that for the overlap . The ends you can make what ever height you want , mine are 37" to match all the tops in my shop .  I just layed everything out on 4x8 sheet of white hardboard . Then transferred all my measurements over to the actual plywood I was using .

Offline jeep jake

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #27 on: August 28, 2013, 11:05 AM »
That's slick. How ment sheets of plywood did it take? Did you do all the half laps and slots with a router?

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2013, 04:29 PM »
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Offline overanalyze

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Re: Cutting/work table
« Reply #29 on: August 28, 2013, 07:03 PM »
That's slick. How ment sheets of plywood did it take? Did you do all the half laps and slots with a router?

I used a router and a quick jig to make sure all pieces were interchangeable.