Workbench Extension - Router Forums
 16Likes
  • 9 Post By MT Stringer
  • 2 Post By RainMan 2.0
  • 1 Post By JFPNCM
  • 1 Post By MT Stringer
  • 1 Post By tacomamactech
  • 2 Post By honesttjohn
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-30-2016, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
Moderation Team
 
MT Stringer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 5,631
 
Default Workbench Extension

I decided to add an extension to my work bench. In short order, I will be ripping some poplar and plywood to build some cabinets so I am cleaning up and getting organized.

First things first. I removed the woodworking vise from the end of the table. I don't use it very often so it was an easy decision to remove it.

I already had a piece of melamine that I had previously mounted on the rear of my bench. Well, it was in the way.

So, I cut it down and remounted it to the end of my table using the same collapsible hinges as before. I had some melamine edge banding so I made it look like a factory piece!

The table top extends over the bench by 2 inches all around so I had to cobble up a spacer. I added a couple of 2x4 filler blocks to even out the bench framework. Then, a piece of leftover solid core door off cut was added...and a couple of pieces of 1/4 inch plywood. That worked great. After mounting the hinges, I clamped the extension to a couple of pieces of wood that was clamped to the table. The extension turned out level with the table top.

Now I have almost 66 inches x 30 of work surface. That should fix me up with any upcoming projects.

Here are a few pics.
Mike
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	2016-10-29 19.48.38.jpg
Views:	284
Size:	293.2 KB
ID:	240658  

Click image for larger version

Name:	2016-10-29 19.48.28.jpg
Views:	279
Size:	330.6 KB
ID:	240666  

Click image for larger version

Name:	2016-10-28 20.19.40.jpg
Views:	131
Size:	331.5 KB
ID:	240674  

Click image for larger version

Name:	2016-10-28 20.44.40.jpg
Views:	110
Size:	261.2 KB
ID:	240682  

Click image for larger version

Name:	2016-10-28 20.54.59.jpg
Views:	157
Size:	309.7 KB
ID:	240690  

Click image for larger version

Name:	2016-10-28 21.02.36.jpg
Views:	120
Size:	274.2 KB
ID:	240698  

Click image for larger version

Name:	2016-10-29 17.55.22.jpg
Views:	104
Size:	312.5 KB
ID:	240706  

Click image for larger version

Name:	2016-10-29 19.19.02.jpg
Views:	153
Size:	341.9 KB
ID:	240714  

fire65, RickPr, Danman1957 and 6 others like this.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
MT Stringer is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-30-2016, 10:41 PM
Registered User
 
RainMan 2.0's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Country: Canada
First Name: Rick
Posts: 15,915
 
Default

Nice addition Mike . You can never have too big of a work bench IMO
MT Stringer and jj777746 like this.

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
RainMan 2.0 is online now  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-31-2016, 09:42 AM
Registered User
 
JFPNCM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Jon
Posts: 3,709
 
Default

@MT Stringer

Mike, how useful do you find those T-tracks? I've been thinking about adding some to mine but I need to bore the dog holes first. Also curious as to the spacing on the latter.
MT Stringer likes this.

Jon
JFPNCM is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-31-2016, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
Moderation Team
 
MT Stringer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 5,631
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JFPNCM View Post
@MT Stringer

Mike, how useful do you find those T-tracks? I've been thinking about adding some to mine but I need to bore the dog holes first. Also curious as to the spacing on the latter.
@Jon - I use those tracks all the time, especially when building face frame cabinets. (Got 16 to build starting tomorrow!)

The dog holes are 7/8 inch in diameter. In my next lifetime, I will go with the 3/4 inch dia. But, 1/2 inch pipe will fit through it so I can have a vertical clamp if needed. I would much rather have more clamping ability so I am going to have a friend modify several of my clamps so they will fit the way the Festool clamps do.

The dog holes are 6 inches apart. And they are drilled close to a 6 inch pattern but not exact like a CNC machined top would be. I've seen some neat set ups that folks do using the Festool Multifunction Table. Too expensive for me.

Note: The Kreg Klamp Track is through bolted (not screwed) to the frame so keep that in mind. Two rows of 1/4 inch bolts every 4-6 inches apart secure the track to the table.

If I could raise the table top up enough, I would take a picture for ya, but it is a solid core door and heavy!
Hope this helps.
honesttjohn likes this.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
MT Stringer is online now  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-31-2016, 07:29 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Country: United States
First Name: Joe
Posts: 75
 
Default

Get some plugs for your receptacle box. Somebody's kid puts a finger in there they'll get fried and your goose will be cooked!
MT Stringer likes this.
tacomamactech is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-31-2016, 08:38 PM
Registered User
 
RainMan 2.0's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Country: Canada
First Name: Rick
Posts: 15,915
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tacomamactech View Post
Get some plugs for your receptacle box. Somebody's kid puts a finger in there they'll get fried and your goose will be cooked!
Been there done that . When I was a youngster I decided to see what would happen when you shove a paper clip across the terminals .
A flame spew out and a ran as fast as I could , and the draft I created caused the flame to chase me for the first yard or so .
Didn't do it twice lol

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate

Last edited by RainMan 2.0; 10-31-2016 at 09:45 PM.
RainMan 2.0 is online now  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-31-2016, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
Moderation Team
 
MT Stringer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 5,631
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tacomamactech View Post
Get some plugs for your receptacle box. Somebody's kid puts a finger in there they'll get fried and your goose will be cooked!
I meant to do that. but forgot. Thanks for reminding me.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
MT Stringer is online now  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-31-2016, 10:49 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Country: United States
First Name: John
Posts: 3,842
 
Default

Yah, Mike. You want to keep Blondie around.

HJ
MT Stringer and RainMan 2.0 like this.
honesttjohn is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-01-2016, 02:00 AM
Registered User
 
JFPNCM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Jon
Posts: 3,709
 
Default

@MT Stringer

Mike: Appreciate the details and understand the heft of the table. I was thinking along the line of T-tracks vs the Kregs but it is easy to see the difference.

Cheers
Jon

Jon
JFPNCM is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cast Iron Router Table Extension TRN_Diesel Show N' Tell 11 03-09-2014 10:51 AM
Bench Dog extension modification larrywilson Table-mounted Routing 3 05-06-2013 09:22 PM
Workbench - router table : connection dilemma. matt1710 Table-mounted Routing 22 12-26-2010 03:54 PM
Router Table Extension - Attachment and Alignment GarethR Table-mounted Routing 1 11-20-2009 01:47 AM
MLCS Router Bit Extension dimensions cadcraig Starting Off 4 08-27-2008 02:33 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome