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Offline sandy

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Portable, Folding Workbench With MFT and Router Tops
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:56 AM »
I was about to make a somewhat modified version of Ron Paulk's workbench using plans that I had purchased from him, with the modifications involving making it shorter so that it would fit into my SUV.  I had already created templates to pattern rout the sawhorses and the spacers, and I had already purchased the plywood, when I saw a post on here that reminded me of a folding workbench that I had built about 35 years ago, as well as plans that were published in Wood Magazine a few years ago for a folding assembly table.  While the OP indicated that he would not be selling plans, at least one forum member properly noted that this being a woodworkers' site, 90 percent of the members could probably create something similar without additional information.  As I had a LOT of "scrap" plywood and MDF in various sizes and shapes already cluttering up my shop (which SEVERELY required a cleaning), I measured what I had, and decided to redesign the folding workbench that was posted.  In addition, several years ago I had built a "Router Table" top to accommodate an Incra LS-17 Positioner along with an Incra "Super Fence" with integrated dust collection, but I never designed or built any form of enclosure for it, so the top was merely attached to a frame that I had put together.  As I wanted to take advantage of the already-built Router table top, and as I did not like the OP's approach to attaching an MFT-style top to the folding bench, as it required forming mortice and tenon joints that I felt were overly size-sensitive, and not conducive to replacement tops (MFT or Router types), I redesigned the attachments, and came up with the following that was made exclusively from scrap that I had cluttering up my shop:
« Last Edit: November 22, 2017, 12:23 AM by sandy »

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Offline Jurgen W

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Re: Portable, Folding Workbench With MFT and Router Tops
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 02:01 PM »
Great looking and very portable table, in fact it looks just like the YouTube video:
Do you know how much weight the base ( without the top) with shelve is?  I assume that the base plywood is made of 3/4” is it sturdy?

Offline sandy

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Re: Portable, Folding Workbench With MFT and Router Tops
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2017, 03:11 PM »
@Jurgen W ...

As you will note, the table posted in the YouTube video uses a "mortice and tenon" attachment to connect the table top to its sides.  The use of that method requires very accurate cuts on both the top and on the sides of the table, whereas I used a different method for attaching the top in my version.  Due to the different method that I employed, I was able to (within a very few minutes) remove the MFT style top and replace it with a Router Table top that I had designed and built about 8 years ago.

As I indicated, other specialized tops can be readily made and installed on my version without need for the precise mortice and tenon cuts shown in the YouTube version.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Portable, Folding Workbench With MFT and Router Tops
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2017, 04:57 PM »
"Due to the different method that I employed,..."

But looking at your photos I do not see anything that explains your alternate method, or did I miss it.
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Offline Jurgen W

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Re: Portable, Folding Workbench With MFT and Router Tops
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2017, 10:47 PM »
@sandy

Thank you for your reply, and I didn’t want to imply anything, in fact, want to complement you on your different way tackling this idea and make it more useful to attach another top on the base.....   I am in the process making one my own, and will also make another modification on it for my purpose: using it as an assembly table and outfeed table for my job site Sawstop.  If I could ask, would you have a picture that kind of shows your technique of connecting the top with the base? Or perhaps you had plans for the base that you are willing to share/sell? 

My main question I had under the video (perhaps you might have missed) did you use regular plywood 3/4, or is the base lightweight plywood that is often used in campers and boats?

« Last Edit: December 05, 2017, 10:50 PM by Jurgen W »

Offline Svar

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Re: Portable, Folding Workbench With MFT and Router Tops
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2017, 12:57 AM »
@Jurgen W,  the person in the video is @Coach.carpenter. He is a member here. I believe he was trying to market the bench. You should ask him about the plans.
« Last Edit: December 06, 2017, 03:09 AM by Svar »

Offline Jurgen W

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Re: Portable, Folding Workbench With MFT and Router Tops
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2017, 01:48 AM »
Great! Thank you @Svar !

I will attempt to contact him and see where he stands with his plans to sell the drawings...