New Work Table - lots of pics
Always wanted to build one so here is my effort. Material is 2x6 framing lumber and lots of glue. All mortise and tenon, used router with guide for table top, hollow chisel mortiser for most of the others, router leaves cleaner hole but I could only go 2 inches with the bits I have, mortiser gave me the depth I needed.
Top was made in 3 sections which were to be run through my new planer, planer went up in smoke after about 20 boards, now to plan B, I had no plan B just a shop full of lumber. Called my buddy, hauled all the lumber to my old shop and milled it there, then hauled it all back home. Planer had been sitting in the shop for a year and out of warranty. Pulled the 3hp motor and took it to a shop, burned the starter up, 2 weeks and 135$.
During this time I decided to just glue it into one piece and make a router sled (always wanted to use one anyway). Sled worked great until I slid it off the runner and oops! lucky I was practicing on the bottom of the table top. Added some stops so that would not happen again. Sled worked great, took about 1.5 hrs to do it using a 3/4" bit. If I had it to do over, I would use my 3 1/4 hp router just for the weight, more stable and buy a bigger bit.
Glued it all up and then flipped the top and put the sled on and flattened it. Ended up with some splits in the top so I routed them out and filled with some strips. While doing the repair I bumped the top and then had to repair the repair, solid top is easy to fix though.
Put a quart of danish oil on it, because that is what I had in the shop. I added a 7" Yost vice and so far so good. I think the only thing I would do different is to add hangover on each side just for looks and easier clamping.
Table is 32 x 60, 35 inches tall and very heavy. Total cost, around 160$