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Offline 16paws

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Beginner's Attempt at an Assembly/Outfeed Table
« on: January 21, 2018, 03:28 PM »
Hello

I made the following assembly/outfeed table.  The bench is basically two birch-ply cases glued, kreg screwed and dominoed together...one side for Festool storage, the other for drawers, vacuum, shelf, etc. The base is sits on leveling casters and supports an MDF torsion box with a 20mm hole array top.  I drilled the drawer alignment holes and the top using the LR32 system.  All dimensions had to be reversed-engineered from the videos below, but a total height of 880mm had to be established to act as an outfeed table for my table saw. Along each side of the top is a piece of hardwood containing 2 aluminum tracks from Misumi Engineering for clamping.  On the drawer side are 4 vertical hardwood pieces with domino slots cut into them so that I can place dominoes in the slots and rest work on them.  This table is obviously an adaptation of Alabama Woodworker's MO/AT and BenchWorks' shop plans.  In fact, I contact both Huy and Timothy during this project for their help and they both were very patient and helpful! Thanks guys!  I know it is not perfect, but it is my third project (first was Ron Paulk's bench, second was Timothy Wilmots clamp rack).

Beginner lessons learned:

1) Don't buy cheap Chinese plywood...it will tear out, have voids and thin veneers and not hold screws well.
2) Use the case building techniques shown in the BenchWorks videos, namely dadoes and rabbets for accuracy.  I didn't and paid the price in accuracy and ease of assembly.
3) Set aside enough time and be patient (I am working on it)
4) Don't watch "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" while assembling cases...every clamp was way over-tightened!
5) There are a lot of decent, experienced woodworkers out there willing to field sophomoric questions, including Huy and Timothy, not to mention the guys at my local Woodcraft store.
6) Don't let frustration get the best of you.  Like anything else in life, the more you do it, the better you get...YouTube helps facilitate that process.
7) Enjoy the journey

Hope this helps other beginners.

Marc

Kapex KS 120, MFT/3 Kapex, OF1400, TS75, Domino DF500, (2) MFT/3, CMS VL Set, DF 500 Tenon Assortment, Rotex RO125, CT26 HEPA, C15 and set, Drill set, the SYS-Roll, SYS-storage box, measuring tape and various sortainers.

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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Beginner's Attempt at an Assembly/Outfeed Table
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2018, 03:41 PM »
Very well done, I dare say.   [smile]   Casters on the bottom? 
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Offline 16paws

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Re: Beginner's Attempt at an Assembly/Outfeed Table
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2018, 04:42 PM »
Thanks!  Yes, the casters are approximately 4" in from the side and ends at each corner.  They are the same model that Huy used in his MO/AT. I believe I bought them from Caster Connection.
Kapex KS 120, MFT/3 Kapex, OF1400, TS75, Domino DF500, (2) MFT/3, CMS VL Set, DF 500 Tenon Assortment, Rotex RO125, CT26 HEPA, C15 and set, Drill set, the SYS-Roll, SYS-storage box, measuring tape and various sortainers.

Offline Brs7377

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Re: Beginner's Attempt at an Assembly/Outfeed Table
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2018, 06:58 AM »
Are there any supports under the middle of the mft top or just in the sides?

Thanks, looks good and a pretty versatile shop setup.

Ben
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Offline KongKirill

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Re: Beginner's Attempt at an Assembly/Outfeed Table
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2018, 07:22 AM »
Very nicely made! Thanks for sharing!  [thumbs up]

Offline Z48LT1

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Re: Beginner's Attempt at an Assembly/Outfeed Table
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2018, 12:01 PM »
Very nice!  Mind sharing the torsion box grid pattern?  Are there any holes in the bottom to retrieve items that find their way into the 20MM holes?

Cheers - Gary




Offline duc996

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Re: Beginner's Attempt at an Assembly/Outfeed Table
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2018, 06:04 PM »
nice build Marc!
« Last Edit: January 22, 2018, 06:10 PM by duc996 »

Offline 16paws

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Re: Beginner's Attempt at an Assembly/Outfeed Table
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2018, 10:08 PM »
Are there any supports under the middle of the mft top or just in the sides?

Thanks, looks good and a pretty versatile shop setup.

Ben

Thanks Ben.  There is a middle support down the entire length of the table and then two cross supports equally spaced.  Once I had the bottom halves together, I used a flat edge and worked to get the top dead flat.  Once I did that, I glued on 1/2" MDF, the sides, and the middle sections.  I then used the large flat edge again to find any high or low spots.  In the end, I kept moving the flat edge around the top in all different directions and seeing if a playing card would fit under the edge.  If it did, I adjusted the top braces with a block plane.  The result is a very flat surface with the 20mm array.
Kapex KS 120, MFT/3 Kapex, OF1400, TS75, Domino DF500, (2) MFT/3, CMS VL Set, DF 500 Tenon Assortment, Rotex RO125, CT26 HEPA, C15 and set, Drill set, the SYS-Roll, SYS-storage box, measuring tape and various sortainers.

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Re: Beginner's Attempt at an Assembly/Outfeed Table
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2018, 10:20 PM »
Very nice!  Mind sharing the torsion box grid pattern?  Are there any holes in the bottom to retrieve items that find their way into the 20MM holes?

Cheers - Gary

Thanks Gary.  Attached is the pattern.  Like I said in my response to Ben, I kept checking the flatness with a 36" veritas flat edge and playing card and then adjusting with a block plane.  The array top is screwed down, so I can always remove/replace it. The slits that you see allow me to retrieve anything that falls below the array top with a scrap piece of the track.  I planned on those slits actually being cubby holes like the Alabama Woodworker's MO/AT, but had to settle on their current size to meet my 880mm overall height limit.  I believe Huy's MO/AT had room for the larger cubby holes, because he used homemade drawers for his Festool tools vs the Festool SYS-AZ drawers that I used.
Kapex KS 120, MFT/3 Kapex, OF1400, TS75, Domino DF500, (2) MFT/3, CMS VL Set, DF 500 Tenon Assortment, Rotex RO125, CT26 HEPA, C15 and set, Drill set, the SYS-Roll, SYS-storage box, measuring tape and various sortainers.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Beginner's Attempt at an Assembly/Outfeed Table
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2018, 11:36 PM »
Marc, thanks for sharing your project. I like your bench and will make an attempt to a similar design soon. I also like your clamp rack  [big grin]
Mario